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Meditation for Life [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Martine Batchelor , Stephen Batchelor
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9. März 1996
In Meditation for Life, Martine Batchelor's writing -- through a mix of anecdote, humor, and practical instruction -- brings to bear her considerable experience as a meditation teacher as she explains the techniques of three major Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen, while Stephen Batchelor's full-color photographs invite even the most seasoned practitioner to see with new eyes. This vividly photographed book encourages us to bring creative awareness to every aspect of our lives -- from making conversation to making dinner -- and reveals how every moment can be an opportunity to find joy.

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  • Taschenbuch: 168 Seiten
  • Verlag: Wisdom Publications; Auflage: Wisdom. (9. März 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0861713028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861713028
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 25,6 x 22,4 x 1,4 cm
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Meditation is more than staring at your navel. It is a way of transforming life from the inside out. Former Buddhist nun Martine Batchelor knows this from a decade spent in a Zen monastery. Combining theory and practice, Batchelor transforms her own meditation experience into a manual that echoes the simple elegance of Zen. Ten chapters focus on different aspects of meditation, and each is broken down into background, practice, and a final guided meditation. For example, the chapter on daily life first explains the difference between formal and informal meditation, then discusses the many opportunities for informal meditation and how we can learn from those experiences. In the "Practice" section of the chapter, Batchelor offers specific methods for informal meditation, and finally, ends with a page of instructions for how to cook mindfully. Two things that set Meditation for Life apart from other books of its kind are the well-chosen personal anecdotes that Batchelor uses to illustrate her points and the stunningly meditative photographs by her husband, Stephen Batchelor--photographs that could legitimately comprise a collection of their own. --Brian Bruya


An illustrated guide to meditation features eighty photographs highlighting various meditative practices from the three major Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must Have! 18. Oktober 2008
Von Gerlinde
This book from Martine Batchelor is a MUST HAVE for all who are interested in meditation. Whether you are a beginner, or an advanced practitoner, I am sure you will discover something new and interesting. This is GREAT!

The pictures taken by Stephen Batchelor are beautiful!
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A book entirely written out of a long personal and multicultural experience. Its only target is showing you how to improve your everyday life, your relationships, how to be more conscious, more present, more creative and compassionate. The book is totally designed for down-to-earth westerners living in the 21th century and willing to leave gradually behind their personal, esoteric or dogmatic illusions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderfully explorative work. 31. Dezember 2001
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Meditation for Life offers thoughtful insight into the world of meditation. Although written mainly for beginners, even the most experienced practitioners of meditation will enjoy Martine Batchelor's simple yet powerful words.
Martine goes beyond the simple aspects of normal meditation and teaches us how the same techniques can apply to other parts of our life, such as having a conversation with someone or cooking.
Through-out this beautifully bound book we can appreciate Stephen Batchelor's eye-catching photography, from a simple close-up of tree bark to an intriguing contrasted photograph of a monk crossing a bridge. Stephen's unique brand of photography highlights the overall tone of the book, namely one of enquiry and exploration.
I had the pleasure of meeting both Martine and Stephen Batchelor at a Buddhist conference in New York, and purchased this book hoping that it would emit the same sense of energy and curiousness that they radiated and I was not disappointed.
All in all, a wonderful book with captivating photography. Well worth the purchase.
- A 17-year old spiritual seeker
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As a beginner at meditation, I found this book most useful 10. August 2003
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Martine Batchelor can write you into a meditative state. Her prose is as gentle and kind as is her outlook on meditation.She starts with basic meditation and moves into themes. She explains how to bring meditation into your daily life. She takes away the requirements of the activity and explains that one should meditate to meditate. An absolutely quiet place is not essential, a wonderful teacher is not reqired, to be awakened is not a thing to chase after.
"Awakening cannot be reduced to a single experience. It is a process of dissolution, which involves letting go completely of hatred, greed and delusion. You do not awaken to something external, but to your own true nature."
Thank you Ms. Batchelor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Provoking 29. Februar 2004
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This book offers invaluable insights on an incredible reach of topics, all with the voice of both lucidity and sharpness. Martine Batchelor focuses on and takes aim at the subject of non-attachment, or non grasping. Her husband, Stephen Batchelor, took all of the photographs in this book. And let me tell you: They are strikingly stunning pictures! Deeply reflective and soothing.
Martine Batchelor says of non attachment, "non-attachment does not mean that you do not care." As one chapter's title "On Grasping" suggests, it simply means that you don't grasp. But we all have a tendency to do that, don't we? That's actually at the root of all our suffering. Not grasping means learning to relax in life, to let go of the object in our hand and let it fly away if it wishes. If it wants to stay, so be it. But it is free to leave at anytime. I can still value this certain object without, while being ready to put it down at any moment. Non grasping is not indifference! It is actually the only way we can develop true love and compassion for one another.
If you don't buy this book, I'm going to come and take you to the bookstore in handcuffs to get it. It's that important and powerful. Wisdom publications has this history of publishing some of the most meaningful books I have ever encountered. These are the best sources for Buddhist texts in the English language. Enjoy!
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I've always been fascinated with meditation and I had wanted to try it for a long time. However, as an atheist, other books on meditation frustrated me with their religions messages. I found no such problem with this book. Martine Batchelor offers an excellent guide to meditation that will lead to self-understanding and peacefulness without all the religious shenanigans.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a wise and clear introduction to meditation 21. Februar 2005
Von Phil Myers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I've been meditating in the Vipassana tradition for almost four years, and picked this up after reading the wonderful book "Buddhism Without Beliefs" by Martine's husband Stephen Batchelor. I was not disappointed.

This book is a plain-spoken, humble, wise, good-natured, and non-tendential introduction to a variety of buddhist spiritual outlooks and practices, with particular attention to Vipassana (insight meditation) and Korean Zen methods. I strongly recommend it both to novice meditators and more experienced practitioners. Each will find an ample store of insight, example, and inspiration for continued practice within its pages.

Stephen Batchelor's luminous formalist photography of the everyday nicely complements the unadorned truths of the writing, though the overstylized graphic design undermines the impact of the images.
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