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Description - The Experience of Samadhi by Richard Shankman

This book offers an in-depth look at the foundational aspect of Buddhist meditation known as samadhi, or concentration: the ability of the mind to remain calm and settled without distraction. In part one of this book, Richard Shankman looks at the range of views and understandings about the experience of samadhi and offers a comprehensive examination of it using teachings attributed to the Buddha as well as later commentaries. He compares the diverse descriptions and presentations of samadhi in order to present a broad understanding of it and its place in meditation practice.He examines different, often conflicting, views and how these various views are related. In part two, he presents a series of interviews with prominent contemporary Buddhist teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Christina Feldman, that focus on the practical experience of samadhi. This section of this book brings the theoretical to life, offering a range of approaches to and applications of the different meditation techniques.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590305218
ISBN-10: 1590305213
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 154mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 30-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Shankman

Richard Shankman is a Buddhist meditation teacher with nearly four decades' experience in meditation practice and study. He is cofounder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies as well as the Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education. He teaches throughout the country at Dharma centers and retreats, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center.