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What is meditation? : Buddhism for everyone
Nairn, Rob.
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Tranquil mind
First Shambhala edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Shambhala : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1999.
Physical Description:
xii, 96 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
Originally published. Tranquil mind. 1993.
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BQ4132 .N36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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     Here is Buddhism in a nutshell: In just over a hundred pages, using simple language that anyone can understand, What Is Meditation? delivers as complete a treatment of Buddhist teaching and practice as many books twice its length. It covers both the basics of the Buddhist worldview--which many people call a philosophy, not a religion--and the age-old practice it offers to help us unfold our innate qualities of compassion, self-acceptance, and inner peace.

Author Notes

Rob Nairn's training in psychology and Buddhist practice brings him a unique ability to explain ancient Eastern concepts in modern, accessible terms. The author of What Is Meditation? and Diamond Mind, he is sought after internationally as a lecturer on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.

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Library Journal Review

Nairn, a Buddhist in the Tibetan tradition trained by, among others, the Dalai Lama and the Gyalwa Karmapa, has written a very capable guide to the essentials of modern Mahayana Buddhism and its derivative meditational practices. Inevitably influenced by Western ideas, Nairn's text is nevertheless a clearly written, engaging, and respectful primer in both the religious attitudes and the spiritual practices of Buddhists in the Tibetan tradition. This should prove a helpful reminder for practitioners and a ready guide for beginners. Recommended for most collections strong in religious studies (plates not seen). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.