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5.0 out of 5 stars An intuitive guide to meditation and investigating the self, 11 July 2006
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S. J. Hulbert "stephenjohnhulbert" (Cardiff, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Who is My Self?: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Paperback)
This book is perfect for anyone interested in knowing more about Buddhist meditation and the true nature of the self (as anatta - no soul/self).

Khema explains the eight jhanas ( meditative absorbtions/levels) in a way that is simple yet fascinating. The book clearly explains what each jhana is, what it feels like and how you should go about practicing to reach it. Hence, it is an excellent "map of the territory"; allowing you to recognise where you are (what jhana you have reached) and what lies ahead. I have found it to be a very useful book wich I refer to often.

This book provides a very good description of how meditation on the jhanas fits into insight meditation and other Buddhist practices such as moral development, mindfulness, etc.

The focus of this book is on the meditative absorbtions and realizing that the self is an illusive construct of the human mind. I would suggest that it is particularly relevant if, like me, you tend to be overly scientific or rational. This book helps you direct your meditation at realizing the truth of anatta; both by discussing it and by trying to experience it as a meditation subject.

Khema's intuitive handling of the meditative absorbtions and the concept of anatta brings clairty and warmth to both.
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Who is My Self?: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Ayya Khema (Paperback - 1 Oct 1997)
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