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Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience Paperback – 1 Dec 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; New edition edition (Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874774632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874774634
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.7 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Meditative Mind' is Daniel Goleman's highly acclaimed study of the art of meditation in the context of the world's great religions. Drawing on a wide range of traditions – including Buddhist, Hindu, Muslem, Jewish and Christian – this book provides a practical summary of a variety of meditative skills and perspectives.

For many years meditation has been used in medicine, psychology, education and self-development as a means of reducing stress, healing the body of illness and promoting emotional well-being, and with the aid of this book even the complete novice can find a spiritual path which will lead to greater awareness and enlightenment.

This accessible introduction covers many subjects including:
• Comparisons of Eastern and Western mysticism
• The healing properties of meditation
• A comprehensive study of different techniques
• Altered states of consciousness
• The psychology of meditation

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About the Author

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist who is known for his serious interest in the experience of meditation. He is the author of the international bestselling Emotional Intelligence.

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By A Customer on 8 July 2002
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Abosuletly fantastic book. Gives a map of the stages or levels you go through in meditation, and explains in simple and concise terms the real differences between the various meditation systems of the world. If you want to know what happens to your head when you meditate, this book is for you. Its also a great help for those interested in starting meditation but don't know which direction to go in or what style would suit them best.
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A superb introduction to how the various spiritual or mystical paths/traditions relate to one another from the standpoint of the stages reached and traversed by a seeker on the path. Consequently this book demonstrates that although each religious tradition or spiritual path appears to be quite different from an outsiders point of view and especially how the path of a practitioner of one faith appears to the path of a practitioner of some other faith, in actuality all faiths, religious traditions and spiritual paths, when followed ardently, faithfully but also with absolute brutal honesty to oneself, the seeker on whatever path eventually engages in, if not the same, then extraordinarily and strikingly similar experiences, the differences being more akin to a seeker's idiosyncrasies of personality rather than a difference in faith or viewpoint. In other words, the seeker transforms and evolves their being or person from one who's conscious state is base, crude and ignorant especially in regard to one's awareness of one's own inner workings of one's own emotional and mental conditions and states to a person who develops an ever deeper self awareness to unimaginable levels of subtlety and sublimity to the extent that one eventually more than "knows" without doubt the true, natural and unadulterated, non-self-abased human condition, but rather experiences this most sublime state. A condition so far removed from the mundane that it is impossible to describe other than superlatively.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. The early chapters describe a buddhist map of the higher stages of consciousness and there is lots of rich detail to both meditate and ponder on. The mid section provides outlines of 12 different schools of meditation and Goleman does a fantastic job of capturing the essential similarities and differences whilst providing a flavour of the work that each path might involve one in. A really readable book and a great primer for anyone interested in the experiential qualities of different levels of consciousness.
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