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Concentration and Meditation [Paperback]

Christmas Humphreys
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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd; 2nd edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852300086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852300081
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars lots to read 28 Mar 2014
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A fairly good book which i received in good time. However,a student of concentration might want to shop around for something a bit easier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best meditation book ever!!! 22 Dec 2013
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I do get fed up of many of the modern day mediation books. They are often bland, and carry no depth except perhaps those new to the concept. This book was recommended to me by a deeply esoteric organisation and it has far fulfilled my expectations. This book is very thorough and is very much for those that want to understand and embrace mediation. It, notably, highlights the difference in concentration and mediation; something which many get confused about; including many meditation teachers. He takes you through the process from the absolute beginner to the advanced meditator. This is definitely the best mediation book I have come across.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A practical meditation guide for Westerners 29 Mar 2000
By S.F. - Published on Amazon.com
Although many readers might find Humphreys dated in many respects, his knowledge of time proven meditation techniques is still both relevant and accurate. There is a very post-Victorian feel to this work; many of the references or social attitudes might seem quaint to the modern reader, but it is a remarkably soothing as well as informative read. The author comes from a Theosophical background and many of the references are colored by this (i.e. Blavatsky and other Theosophical masters.) But it is still basically Buddhist in approach. I first encountered this book over 20 years ago, and only recently reread it. Though I am well aquainted with Buddhist philosophy and meditation, I still find it refreshing. There is a quiet thoughtfulness not always evident in many more current works, and it has a distinctly western flavor in that the philosophy is not confused by Oriental cultural trappings. Buddhism is universal in spirit, and this presents it in a clear, functional, and direct manner easily apprehended by the occidental student. The emphasis is on practice (as it should be) rather than on mere information. Don't be put off by the "occult" warnings. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested either in Buddhist practice or meditation in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the core of my library 7 Sep 2006
By Paul Bonds - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the review by S.F. (New York). This and "Minding Mind" by Thomas Cleary are my two primary books on meditation.

update 2010. I first bought and read the book in 2000. I just started reading it again. WOW!!! I forgot how great this book is! Humphreys may use Buddhism as a basis for his book but it is plane to see that his experience is far greater. It doesn't matter what your school of thought or religion is, this book will help.

For those of you, like many of my friends, that have metaphysical interest this book may be a slap in the face. With the so many self proclaimed guru's in the world it is easy to get mislead. This book not only helps you recognize the honest from the arrogant (guru). It helps you repair any damage that they have done. If you're into "the secret" then you may have a problem with the book. Manifesting and psychic abilities are not considered wrong but the book warns against addiction. Diversions like these can prevent you from gaining more advanced level of meditation. This book is great at helping me keep on target.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book had a big impact on me. 1 Dec 2011
By Greg-o - Published on Amazon.com
I first started reading this book 27 years ago and it had a lasting impression on me. It's description of concentration exercises were the tools I needed at the time to get a grip on my life. I am now reaping rewards beyond what I ever imagined. As the other reviews mention it's read is dated but the techniques are timeless and has a pragmatic approach western thought can appreciate.

At first I was put off by a statement at the beginning of the book to the effect that this is a journey and to make a choice with each step forward take each step with intention otherwise if you intend to deviate from moving in the right direction put this book down stop reading and do something else. I thought of it as a ridiculous statement that intended to limit my free will. I discounted this and read focusing mainly on the concentration exercises. I only used breathing as my point of focus although other techniques were described. Training your mind to focus like a flashlight on whatever topic you intend and for as long as you intend holding the distractions at bay creating a strong mind through mental exercise. In this respect it was great advice.

Later in life I always remember the challenge to put the book down. And without intending to give it any weight it seems to always come back to me and make sense when I am faced with challenges.

After the part of the book on concentration it discusses the use of the trained mind to be used for meditation and using instead of breathing or other objects of focus the object of focus becomes things like war, starvation and other human credulity and suffering. This really opened my eyes and although other meditation styles are valid I saw this as having more purpose and that some other techniques now appear to be exercises in narcissism. Take it or leave it the exercises described are worth the book.
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