am 16. März 2007
This is a friendly invitation and beginner's guide to meditation--of various forms, from various traditions, Eastern and Western--with suggestions for picking a form suited to you, and helpful advice for the times when you get lost or stuck. The book is sprinkled with quotes from all sorts of wise people and cute little drawings of a meditator, and it includes an extensive directory of groups offering meditation instruction, plus a good list of suggestions for further reading.
Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, left his position as a psychology professor at Harvard in the 1960s to explore mind-expansion through psychedelic drugs and then through the guidance of an Indian guru. His bestselling 1971 book "Be Here Now" includes a chronicle of this journey and, like "Journey of Awakening," invites the reader to spiritual practice, but it focuses more on Hinduism and is written, illustrated, and typeset in a very hippie, psychedelic style, so you might prefer or definitely not prefer that book.
Welcome to spiritual practice!
am 18. November 2001
Das beste Buch, das ich jemals über Meditation gelesen habe. Unglaublich lang - man kann die Möglichkeiten gar nicht alle ausprobieren... Am Ende angekommen, möchte ich wieder von vorne beginnen - Schleifen ziehend wie im Leben selbst. Die Fehler, vor denen gewarnt wird, habe ich z. T. auch schon gemacht, die anderen kommen sicher noch ;-). Schade, daß es daß Buch nicht auf Deutsch gibt: Es würde alle anderen übertreffen.
am 2. September 1998
Journey of Awakening: A Meditatior's Guidebood by Ram Dass was a complete surprise to me. I had been looking all over for a book that gave you meditation techniques rather than places to go and pay to learn meditation. This was the first such book I found. Since I found it in the New Age section of the bookstore I expected to be weeding through a lot of mumbo jumbo and new age nonsense. Instead I found it to be a very practical guide to meditation techniques.
I was also pleased to discover that it taught how to use meditation within several religious practices including Muslim, Christian and Judism as well as Eastern traditions. This makes this book appealing to persons of any faith.
At the end of the book there is a listing of places around the country where you can go if you want more instruction or group meditation. But it is not neccessary as the book is a complete guide to meditation.
am 12. Juni 1999
All the reviews here are right on target. This book states some HUGE truths in a very simple, elegant manner. The talk about the ego and the mind chatter echos A Course in Miracles, Hiduism, and probably many other spiritual paths. His understanding of the human mind in general and meditation in particular drips from the page. I especially like that he doesn't "sell" one particular style of meditation but gives a fair introduction to all. Many roads, same destination. A must read for both the interested and the experienced.
am 16. April 1997
Ram Dass leads you on your meditation path,
as he simplifies the method for you.
Interjecting quotes from poems, scriptures,
and wise zen sayings, Ram Dass pulls from
wisdom and faith to help you along your journey.
An especially helpful chapter on learning mantras,
and the value in repeating mantras
am 15. Oktober 1998
I read this book as a form of meditation. The pace, the language, even the mandalas and other drawings can be used as tools to launch onesself into the deeper life. Best read or listened to during the morning commute to set a good tone for the rest of a hectic day.