For best results, read this before falling ill.
An outline of the steps of breath meditation, from first beginnings to the full realization of Nibbana.
A guided meditation, from the talk, "Using Meditation to Deal with Pain, Illness & Death".
Four brief essays offering advice and encouragement to newcomers to meditation.
In this short talk, Upasika Kee outlines in clear and simple terms the path of breath meditation, and describes how to put the classical teaching of breath meditation (Anapanasati Sutta) into immediate practice.
An outline of the various forms of meditation found in Theravada Buddhism, and of their role in Buddhist practice.
The Buddhist meditative path to liberation as viewed from the perspective of modern psychological theory.
- Discovering Basic Sanity By Venerable Traleg Rinpoche
- Experiences in Meditation By Chris Kang
- Forest Meditations: The Verses of the Arahant Talaputa
These eloquent verses, from the Theragatha, chronicle the many "conversations" that Venerable Talaputa, a former actor and contemporary of the Buddha, had with his own mind during the course of his practice. As these verses reveal, while he was still a layperson Talaputa yearned deeply for a life more in harmony with Dhamma; following his ordination his stern admonishments of his unruly mind ultimately led him to his ultimate goal: final liberation. The translator's easy conversational commentary sheds light on these verses from several different angles, and paints Talaputa as an exemplar of the ancient forest meditation tradition that still lives today.
- How to do Mindfulness Meditation By Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
- Insight Meditation: Basic and Progressive Stages by Mahasi Sayadaw
- Living Meditation, Living Insight by Dr. Thynn Thynn
- Looking Inward: Observations on the Art of Meditation by Upasika Kee Nanayon
This collection of thirteen short talks covers many aspects of meditation and Dhamma, and includes a concise introduction to meditation practice to whet the appetite of beginners.
Ajaan Lee tells two pointed and poignant stories to drive home the importance of sticking to your chosen meditation object during meditation.
- Meditation By Ven. Phra Tepvisuddhikavi
- Meditation On Loving-Kindness (Mettá) By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
These short talks on meditation practice were given by Ajaan Geoff (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) during the evening meditation sessions at Metta Forest Monastery (California). Using breath meditation as the principal point of reference, these talks address a wide range of topics of practical interest to beginning and advanced meditators, alike. Topics range from the development of generosity, the cultivation of skillful qualities of mind, how to develop concentration, how to overcome fear, and so on -- all the the way to the opening to the transcendent itself. This book is highly recommended.
The subject of this book is Vipassana meditation practice. Repeat, practice. This is a meditation manual, a nuts-and-bolts, step-by-step guide to Insight meditation. It is meant to be practical. It is meant for use. There are already many comprehensive books on Buddhism as a philosophy, and on the theoretical aspects of Buddhist meditation. If you are interested in that material we urge you to read those books. Many of them are excellent. This book is a 'How to.' It is written for those who actually want to meditate and especially for those who want to start now.
- Mindfulness With Breathing: Getting Started by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
- Mindfulness: The Path to the Deathless by Venerable Ajahn Sumedho
- Practical Advice for Meditators by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
- Psychiatry and Meditation By Dr. Dhananjay Chavan
- Right Concentration by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
The role of tranquillity meditation in building a foundation for the development of insight.
- Satipatthana The Fourfold Focus Of Mindfulness by Ajahn Brahmavamso
- Satipatthana Vipassana: Insight Through Mindfulness
An introduction of the basic principles involved in the practice of insight meditation, as taught in the Burmese Mahasi school of meditation, developed by the author.
These seven short introductory talks, like those in the earlier anthology Starting Out Small, are perhaps best put to use when read aloud at the beginning of a meditation period (each takes no more than a few minutes to read). Ajaan Lee's distinctive wise wit shines through every one of them.
This collection of fourteen short talks provides an excellent introduction to Ajaan Lee's approach to breath meditation. Although the talks make for great reading, they make for even better listening. If you meditate with a group of friends, try arranging for one member of the group to read a passage while the others are meditating. In that way you can best recreate the context for which the talks were originally intended.
This collection of talks was originally given for the benefit of a lay disciple who had come to Ajaan Maha Boowa's monastery to receive guidance as she faced her approaching death from bone marrow cancer. These talks offer important lessons about how to learn from pain, illness, and death, by seeing through to their ultimate nature.
Mindfulness meditation is sometimes described as a kind of "passive all-encompassing acceptance" of one's immediate experience. But, as the author reminds us in this essay, the Pali texts paint a very different picture of what meditation is all about: it is, in fact, a very pro-active process with a clear agenda.
A concise outline of the practice of walking meditation as it is taught in the contemporary Burmese satipatthana ("noting") tradition.
A translation of the Satipatthana sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 10), with an Introduction and Notes.
- The Four Foundations of Mindfulness By Venerable Sayadaw U Siilaananda
- The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation
This booklet, a condensed version of Bhante Gunaratana's treatise, "The Path of Serenity & Insight" (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1985), outlines the role of jhana (meditative absorption) in Theravada Buddhist meditation. The author's perspective here is based largely on the later commentaries to the Pali Canon -- principally Buddhaghosa's magnum opus, Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) -- and therefore uses examples from the relatively rare practice of kasina meditation. Still, many of the insights offered by the book will be of value to those practicing satipatthana vipassana and breath meditation.
Did the Buddha teach that concentration and mindfulness are two distinct paths of meditation -- as is commonly understood -- or that they are two inseparable parts of a single unified path of practice? In this article, adapted from a talk given at CIMC in 1996, Thanissaro Bhikkhu suggests that the heart of insight practice as taught by the Buddha consists of the skillful development of both jhanic concentration and mindfulness.
An excellent overview of the powers of "bare attention" in mindfulness practice, organized in terms of four of its aspects: its capacity to "name" experience with dispassion; its non-coercive attitude toward experience; its capacity to slow down the mind so that the mind can see itself more clearly; and its capacity to see things directly, as they are.
An anthology of readings from the Pali suttas on the subject of loving-kindness (metta).
- The Purpose of Meditation By Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- The Way of Mindfulness: The Satipatthana Sutta and Its Commentary by Soma Thera
A translation of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, together with its classical commentaries. This handbook contains a wealth of essential source material for the practice of insight meditation.
- Travelogue to the four jhanas by Ajahn Brahmavamso
- Using Meditation to Deal with Pain, Illness & Death
A talk given to a conference on AIDS, HIV and other Immuno-deficiency Disorders in Long Beach, CA, Nov. 13, 1993.
- Vipassana and Business Management By Jayantilal Shah
- Vipassana in Jails: An Historical Review By Ram Singh
- Vipassana Meditation Course: A Series of Eight Talks By Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka
- Vipassana Meditation: A Positive Mental Health Measure By Lt. Col. M.B. Pethe and Dr. R.M. Chokhani
- The Forty Meditations Subjects: Who Should Use Which?
- The Basic of Keeping the Breath in Mind, by Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo
- The Alexander Technique in relation to Satipatthana Vipassana, by Antony Woods
- Anatta and Meditation, by Chris Kang
- The Art of Attention (Vipassana Meditation), by Venerable Pannyavaro
- Avalokitesvara and Tibetan Contemplation, by Karen M. Andrews
- Developing Awareness (Vipassana Meditation), by Patrick Kearney
- Balance in Meditation, by Venerable Pannyavaro
- Buddhist Meditation, by Francis Story
- Anapanasati: Meditation on the Breath Anapanasati, by Venerable Nauyane Ariyadhamma
- An Introduction to Breath Meditation, by Barry Kapke
- Fundamentals of Ch'an Meditation Practice, by Ting Chen
- Why Psychotheraphy isn't Meditation, by Patrick Kearney
- Condensed Breath Meditation, by Khao Suan Long
- Meditation on the Elements, by Sayagyi U Chit Tin
- Making the Most of Each Day, by Ayya Khema
- Essential Advice on Meditation, by Sogyal Rinpoche
- Facets of Loving-kindness Meditation, by Sharon Salzberg
- Forgiveness - a guided meditation by Ayya Khema
- Frames of References (Satipatthana Sutta), by Ajahn Lee Dhammadaro
- Awareness Itself, by Ajahn Fuang Jotoko
- A Guide to Awareness, by HH Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara
- A Good Dose of Dhamma: Advice to Meditators when they are Ill (Upasika Kee Nanayon)
- Goodness of Yourself and Others - A guided meditation by Venerable Ayya Khema
- Grief and the Mindfulness Approach, by Malcolm Huxter
- International Meditation Centres (Vipassana) in the Sayagyi U Ba Kin Tradition
- Importance of True Buddhist Meditation Today
- Keeping the Breath in Mind: Lessons in Samadhi, by Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo
- Looking Inward: Observations on the Art of Meditation, by Khao-suan-luang
- Living Meditation, Living Insight, by Dr Thynn Thynn
- Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation, by Ven Mahasi Sayadaw
- Malukyaputta Sutta, by Ven Mahasi Sayadaw
- Practical Vipassana Meditational Exercises, by Ven Mahasi Sayadaw
- Meditation and Health - Laurie Maund
- Meditating at Home, by Ven Pannyavaro
- Meditation Bibliography compiled by Zoz Imos
- Many Methods Through Watching The Mind, by Erika Dias
- A poem on How to Meditate by Alan Ginsberg
- Metta Phrases in Pali/English, by Venerable Sujiva
- Relaxation Therapy and Meditation in Pain Control
- Meditation in Relation to Pain, Illness and Death
- Breath Meditation: Exerpts from the Pali canon, compiled & translated, by Ven Thanissaro
- Present Centred Awareness: A Path to Psychological Freedom, by Malcolm Huxter
- Progress of Insight: A Modern Treatise on Satipatthana-Vipassana Meditation, by Mahasi Sayadaw
- Reading the Mind: Advice for Meditators, by Khao-suan-luang
- SATI: Mindfulness in Plain English, by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana
- Seeding the Heart: Loving-kindness for Children, by Gregory Kramer
- At the Sense Doors (Vipassana Meditation), by Ven Pannyavaro
- Mindfulness with Breathing: Getting Started, by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
- Straight from the Heart: Talks on the Practice of Meditation, by Venerable Ajan Maha Boowa
- Theravada Buddhist Meditation as Taught by U Ba Khin (U Chit Tin)
- Eight Talks from a Vipassna Meditation Course, by Sayadaw U Janaka
- Samatha & Vipassana; Preliminary Stages; Protective Meditations; Foundations of Mindfulness
- Walking Meditation - Detailed Instructions
- Walking Meditation and the Six Primary Elements
- Practical Exercises, Mental Defilements and the Noble -Fold Path
- The Way of Mindfulness
- The Six Doors of the Senses
- The Two Levels of Understanding
- Daily Activities; Postures; Noting Objects; Benefits of Mindfulness; Mental Faculties; Balance
- Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation, by Ven Mahasi Sayadaw
- 'Volcano' an essay on Insight Meditation, by Venerable Sujiva
- Metta Bhavana: Loving-kindness Meditation Extracts from the Pali Canon, by Ven Nanamoli
- Foundations of Mindfulness, by Ven Nyanasatta
- Removal of Distracting Thoughts, by Ven Soma, Thera
- Buddhist Meditation and Depth Psychology, by D.M. Burns
- Practical Advice for Meditators, by Laurence Mills (Khantipalo)
- The Power of Mindfulness, by Ven Nyanaponika
- Essentials of Buddha Dhamma in Meditative Practice, by U Ba Khin
- Investigation for Insight, by Susan E Jootla
- Contemplation of Feeling, by Nyanaponika Thera
- Metta, by Acharya Buddharakkhita
- Satipatthana Vipassana, by Ven Mahasi Sayadaw
- Instruction in Zen Meditation