The Awakening Body

Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life

Author: Reginald Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611803713

Category: Human body

Page: 176

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What would it be like to experience our life directly, truly and completely, and to live it as it actually is? Before we die, wouldn't it be worth knowing this human existence of ours in its fullest possible measure and extent? For many of us, life consists almost entirely of what we know conceptually through the mediation of the linear, conceptualizing mentality of our left brain. The mainstream Western world view privileges thinking over direct experience; and this fuels the increasingly disembodied, disconnected lives of so many of us today. Reggie Ray offers six fundamental body-based meditation practices that connect us back to the literal reality of our body and our most elemental experience of being human. The true richness of our life is in the raw and rugged reality of a fully present and embodied human life. The practices can be done seated or lying down. Reggie includes modified practices that can be done when falling asleep at night, or in the midst of insomnia. The book will also include links to online audio recordings of the guided meditations.

The Practice of Pure Awareness

Somatic Meditation for Awakening the Sacred

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834841614

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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A respected teacher presents the core and essential wisdom of Tibet and shows us the possibilities of "enlightenment in this present life" through the meditative practice of Pure Awareness. Perhaps the most precious teaching Tibet has to offer the modern world is the practice of meditation. Reginald Ray presents the essence of this tradition through the somatic practice of Pure Awareness—a unique kind of meditation that is thoroughly grounded in the body and in ordinary experience. This fundamentally transformative practice offers the possibility of enlightenment in this present life and invites us into the immensely powerful journey that Tibetan tantric spirituality has to offer. Includes a link to a free download of audio meditations.

The Awakening Mind

The Foundation of Buddhist Thought

Author: Tashi Tsering

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861719050

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Bodhichitta, often translated as "great compassion," is the gem at the heart of Buddhism. From this altruistic desire to serve others, all other Buddhist practices naturally flow, therefore, this state of mind is one Buddhists should understand and cultivate. In The Awakening Mind, Geshe Tashi Tsering leads us through the two main methods to develop bodhichitta that have been developed by the great Indian and Tibetan Buddhists over the centuries: the seven points of cause and effect, and equalizing and exchanging the self with others. This is the fourth release from Geshe Tashi's Foundation of Buddhist Thought series, which individually and collectively represent an excellent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. These unique and friendly books are based on the curriculum of a popular course of the same name, developed by Geshe Tashi himself. Geshe Tashi's presentations combine rigor and comprehensiveness with lucidity and accessibility, never divorced from the basic humanity and warmth of his personality. In Geshe Tashi, we encounter the new generation of Tibetan monk-scholars teaching in the West who are following in the footsteps of such revered and groundbreaking teachers as Geshe Wangyal and Geshe Sopa.

Mindfulness Yoga

The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Frank Jude Boccio


ISBN: 1458783766


Page: 588

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Whether you have no background in meditation or yoga or have been practicing for years, Mindfulness Yoga is for you. This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new form of yoga, Mindfulness Yoga, which seamlessly integrates the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice. Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, an aspect often overlooked in a culture that tends to fixate solely on the physical benefits of yoga. Unlike any other Buddhism-meets-yoga book, Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that brings health to the body and liberates the mind and spirit, awakening compassion and fostering equanimity and joy. Mindfulness Yoga will appeal to the many people who have an interest in yoga, Buddhism, and meditation, but who may not have been able to find a teacher who could bring these practices together in a meaningful, practical way. In the first part of the book, author Frank Jude Boccio offers a superb and lively introduction to the Buddha's teachings and locates them within the larger context of the Indian spiritual traditions. Then, in second half of the book, Boccio offers three complete Mindfulness Yoga sequences, including over 100 pictures, with detailed guidance for body, breath, and mind. Special lay-flat binding makes this book even more useful as a practice aid. Look below at the ever-increasing amount of reviews and endorsements that this book is gaining for figures in the yoga, Buddhism, meditation, and natural living communities.
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The Awakening of Faith of Ashvagosha (Annotated Edition)

Author: Timothy Richard

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849622061


Page: 79

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This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids Dr. Timothy Richard finds in the Mahayana School of Buddhism, as represented especially in " The Awakening of Faith " of Ashvagosha, simply an Asiatic form of the Gospel, not to be feared as a foe, but to be greeted as a friend. Contents: Opening Hymn 1. Reasons For Writing The Book 2: The Fundamental Doctrine Of The Mahayana Faith 3: Expositions Of The Mahayana Faith 4: The Practice Of The Mahayana Faith 5: The Advantages Of The Practice Of The Mahayana Faith The Great Physician's Twelve Desires (Vows) The Creed Of Half Asia
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Spirituality and the Awakening Self

The Sacred Journey of Transformation

Author: David G. PhD Benner

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441236236

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Being human is a lifelong journey of becoming. This journey defines our humanity, for it is a journey toward our source and our fulfillment, described in Christian theology as union with God. If we remain open to God as our sense of self awakens, we experience a deeper consciousness of being in him. The self that emerges during this process is larger, more enlightened, and whole. David Benner, who has spent thirty-five years integrating psychology and spirituality, presents psychological insights in a readable fashion to offer readers a deeper understanding of the self and its spiritual development. Drawing on a broad range of Christian traditions, Benner shows that the transformation of self is foundational to Christian spirituality. This book will appeal to readers interested in a psychologically grounded, fresh exploration of Christian spirituality; professionals engaged in pastoral care, counseling, and spiritual direction; and students in ministry development and spiritual formation courses. Questions and answers for individual or group use are included at the end of each chapter.

Awakening Body Consciousness

Seven Steps to Integrating Body, Mind and Heart

Author: Patty De Llosa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781789760453


Page: 160

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Whether you wish to explore spiritual development, practice your own presence in the world, or simply live more richly, Awakening Body Consciousness was written for you. This seven-step path to vibrant physical, mental, and spiritual health unites body consciousness with the heart's own sense of truth and the mind's best attention. Awakening Body Consciousness combines ancient wisdom with cutting-edge science to reveal how our bodily presence and our sense of everyday presentness can serve as a bridge toward the I-consciousness within us. Rooted in the author's decades of bodywork and studies of world religions, ritual practices, psychology, and neuroscience, Awakening Body Consciousness forges a new path to developing conscious awareness. Through the practice of attention to our own presence-in-the-world, we are able to open ourselves to the experience of unity in body, mind, and heart.
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