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New Meditation Handbook, The: Meditations to Make Our Life Happy and Meaningful [Paperback]

Kelsang Gyatso Geshe
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31 May 2003
This popular and practical best-selling manual, now revised to make it more accessible to the general reader, allows us to discover for ourselves the inner peace and lightness of mind that come from meditation. The author explains twenty-one step-by-step meditations leading to increasingly peaceful and beneficial states of mind, and that together form the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. By practising these meditations, we can transform our daily lives, fulfil our spiritual potentials, and find lasting happiness.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (31 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948006900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948006906
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1100 Kadampa Buddhist Centres and groups throughout the world.

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"A wonderful revision of a classic... Kadam Lamrin will lead you to this state of inner peace." -- Innerchange Magazine

"An insightful volume with parables that clear the mind and asist one in expanding consciousness and understanding." -- Midwest Book Review

"Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s words provide a stimulating peaceful perspective." -- Foreword magazine

"The book benefits from Gyatso's clear, inspirational writing." -- Kirkus Reviews UK

Review of previous edition: "One can instantly sense its value ... the book shines." --The New Humanity

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally recognized teacher of Buddlism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He had also founded several hundred Buddhist centers throughout the world.

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing! 26 Nov 2000
This book explains how to engage in Buddhist meditation. It shows us perfectly how to deal with all our problems and make our lives more meaningful. I have been meditating in accordance with the book for about seven months and it has simply transformed my life! What were once problems for me are now opportunities to become happier. I am much more at ease with myself and get so much more out of life. I have deep admiration for its author. If you're interested in meditation or just want to try to find a little sanity in life, this book is perfect. However, since the book is written by a Buddhist master, there are some religious and philosophical aspects to the meditation described that will probably require some getting to grips with. Nonetheless, the book provides many wonderful practical methods for overcoming life's difficulties. A great guide to those interested in meditation.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book when I was interested in meditation, not knowing that it was a religious book. All I can say is this is the most rewarding find in my life. What seemed to me to be a strange religion has turned my way of thinking around totally. It talks about basic Buddhist philosophy and explains cleary the benefits of spiritual practise, and invites you to put them into practise. The entire Buddhist path to enlightenment is here and there is no greater introduction. I am confident that this book will help anyone who buys it.
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTUALLY LEARN TO MEDITATE 12 Oct 2006
All I have ever wanted to do was to meditate, and I have brought many meditation books, but none have been simple or even gave me any motivation to meditate.

This book provides all the knowledge and meditations that are needed to attain inner peace and is set up in a easy manner (it can be used by anyone from beginner to advanced).

The beginning of the book teaches us why and how to do basic breathing meditation.

The next part of the book explains why we should practice the 21 meditations in the book (which are really good).

Then in the next part, there are the 21 meditations for you to do. It is set out so that you can do one a day (or more if you wish).

What I really like about this book is that the 21 meditations are set out in such an easy to read manner. Each meditaiton provides a quick introduction to the meditation, then it provides the contemplation (for you to meditate on) and then the main point to focus single-pointedly on. It is THAT SIMPLE. And even better, at the end of each meditation, Geshe-Kelsang writes a paragraph as to how to put that meditaiton into practice in your daily life. Therefore, this book can be applied to one's whole life.

The meditations can take from 5 minutes to as long as you like. I work a lot of hours, therefore this book is vital to helping me develop the minds to get enlightened. Believe me, once you start those 21 meditaitons, your life will be better (as well as everyone else's).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difinitive Meditation Guide 14 Aug 2011
By James W
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully qualified Buddhist Master, and this becomes immediately obvious when reading his books.
The New Meditation Handbook is an essential guide to Sutra meditations raging from quite elementary up to meditations on Tranquil Abiding. This is a perfect book for anyone wishing to develop their daily practice in pursuit of the ultimate goal of Buddhahood.
No one, in my experience, explains the wonderful intricacies of Buddhist Philosophy in such a clear and simple way. This is a truly a masterful book that I feel very fortunate to have encountered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best most comprehensive course in meditation 25 Jun 2013
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Form maybe the best of teachers. I have 15 yrs experience of this book. Go with it, it will see you through, even if other books look bigger and shinier.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 15 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A helpful book that will walk you through some meditations - not the most basic version of a meditation handbook but worth having.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The book offers a good introduction to the genre of Lamrim Meditation (stages on the path to enlightenment). The title "Meditation Handbook" may provoke more expectations than dealing just with one specific kind of meditation.

The genre of Lamrim Meditation offers very helpful and structured analytical meditations to transform the own inner being when they are applied correctly.

However, there are also other types of meditations, like how to meditate without object, how to relax the mind, how to meditate on pain or how to transform thoughts, emotions, sleep etc into meditation. All these different types of meditations are not taught in that book.

Who is interested to learn other effective types of meditations I can recommend the excellent book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with the foreword of Daniel Goleman.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Handbook 9 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
I started attending my local Buddhist Centre about 6 months ago and wanted to extend my meditation practice so took a gamble on this CD. I feel that the back of the CD completely misrepresents what this CD is about and consequently was very disappointed. It does not contain guided meditations as such and just has Lamrim Meditations as practised by Tibetan Buddhists. This was not what I was after. Very disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary and misleading
I bought this CD today with high hopes but as soon as I started listening I was disappointed. The lady reading the book is dreary and dry, totally uninspiring and the thought of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool
Having been on a meditation day I felt I would like to take my meditations to the next level, not just breathing meditations. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nicci
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation that works
The New Meditation Handbook is a wonderful book for anyone who wishes to gain an introduction to meditation, although the book contains information valuable to even the most... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Adea Armijo
5.0 out of 5 stars Short book with a lot of depth
This book introduces Buddhist meditation in a concise manner, but contains advice that you will continue to mine as your practice develops. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by Graeme
3.0 out of 5 stars Meditation handbook
Having read previous reviews, I was a bit disappointed with this book as I thought it would just tell me in simple terms how to meditate. Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by Mrs. Rosemary Kind
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start.
I bought this after getting a little restless of doing continual breathing meditations. The book describes 21 meditations to help you progress along the spiritual path, how to do... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by J. Pitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential for NKT Buddhists, others look elsewhere
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a Tibetan Buddhist from the Gelug school (one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism) who founded the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Dr Andrew McLellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats on the CD
It seems like people looking for led meditations are buying the cd. This book is not leading meditations its an audio book that means the entire book is read out. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2009 by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Meditation handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
I am surprised to see such tags as "cults", "brainwashed" and "charlatan" suggested on the review menu of this website for this particular book. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by Anonymous
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