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Top Meditation Books Review

Top Meditation Books Review

Meditation is a method to deliver you to understanding and peace and a fantastic way to learn it is by meditation books. Reading the books can raise up your mood and shed a light on the journey of inner peace and growth.

Here we have listed four very good meditation books by authors that everyone has heard of, some of the best meditation authors in the world. These books all contain enlightened teachings full of instruction for you to practice meditation in the best ways possible to further your practice and gain the inner wisdom.

Each book has something to offer so read the descriptions and find the teaching that best suits your needs and practice. Dive within and find peace!

Day By Day with Bhagavan – Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana book coverBy A.Devarja Mudaliar (Author)

403 pages
Language: English
Format: Hardcover, Paperback
Price: $7.00
Website: Amazon

The book Day By Day with Bhagavan is a book of recorded talks between Sri Ramana Maharshi and His devotees from March 16, 1945 to January 4, 1947. The author Sri Devaraja Mudaliar began writing a diary of events and conversations that took place in the old Hall of Ramana Ashram and it is a variety of questions from devotees and visitors and Sri Bhagavan’s answers to them.

The Sage’s humor, compassion and above all His mighty spiritual status are wholly brought out in this work. It reveals much of the spiritual literature that Bhagavan treasured, and it shows the great comfort level between the devotees and Bhagavan. Here we see that any firsthand information about Bhagavan is a treasure that speaks straight to the heart. Sri Ramana was an actual God Realized Buddha so He is a real good Master to learn from.

From the author:

A word as to the origin of this work may not be out of place. It was my great good fortune to live for more than four years, from August 1942 till the end of 1946, at Sri Ramanasramam and to have the inestimable benefit of daily contact with our Bhagavan. After I had been there for some months various people who visited the Asramam began to suggest that it would be a good thing if I recorded Bhagavan’s utterances on spiritual topics, either in answer to questions from visitors or in any other context. For a long time, however, I was too lazy to make the effort. Nevertheless, whenever I read the ‘Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’, as I used to now and then, I felt how desirable it was that a similar book should be compiled in the case of our Bhagavan.

When I had drifted on like this for some years, on the morning of January 1st, 1945, within the space of about an hour, three
different persons — a lawyer’s clerk, son of Sankara Ammal doing service in the Ashramam, a businessman of Madras by name M.V.P. Sastri, whom I had known since his boyhood at Chittoor, and O.P. Ramaswami Reddi, who later became Chief Minister of Madras — all urged me to undertake the task as, in their kind opinion, I was best fitted for it besides having the necessary facility of constant close contact with Bhagavan.

Only a part of these records of mine seems to be available to the Ashramam authorities for publication just now. I am glad that at least so much is to be published by them immediately. I believe they came into existence because Bhagavan willed it and I believe it is his will that at least a part of them should now appear in print. I hope and pray to Bhagavan that the
publication may prove not merely of interest but of great use to those who read it and that he may bestow his grace on all
who go through it in earnestness and faith.

A.Devarja Mudaliar (Author)

I Am That – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Maharaj book coverBy Nisargadatta Maharaj (Author), Translated by Maurice Frydman (Author), Sudhakar S. Dikshit (Editor)

475 pages
Language: English
Format: Hardcover, Paperback
Price: $26.06, $38.06
Website: Amazon

This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer’s life and work and is regarded by many as a modern spiritual classic.

I Am That (first published in 1973) continues to draw new audiences and to enlighten seekers anxious for self-realization. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was a teacher who did not propound any ideology or religion, but gently unwrapped the mystery of the self. His message was simple, direct, and sublime. I Am That preserves his dialogs with the followers who came from around the world seeking guidance in destroying false identities.

This book contains 101 Spiritual Topics covered by Maharaj and it answers many questions that the devotees asked. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an actual God Realized Buddha so He is a real good Master to learn from.

A quote from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

The seeker is he who is in search of himself.
Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not.
Struggle to find out what you are in reality.
To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not.
Discover all that you are not — body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that — nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.
The clearer you understand on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realise that you are the limitless being.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Translators Note

I met Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj some years back and was impressed with the spontaneous simplicity of his appearance and behaviour and his deep and genuine earnestness in expounding his experience.

However humble and difficult to discover his little tenement in the back lanes of Bombay, many have found their way there. Most of them are Indians, conversing freely in their native language, but there were also many foreigners who needed a translator. Whenever I was present the task would fall to me.

Many of the questions put and answers given were so interesting and significant that a tape-recorder was brought in. While most of the tapes were of the regular Marathi-English variety, some were polygot scrambles of several Indian and European languages. Later, each tape was deciphered and translated into English.

Maurice Frydman (Author)

The Wise Heart

Kornfield book coverAuthor: Jack Kornfield

448 pages
Language: English
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio CD
Price: $2.99, $16.72, $12.99, $32.16
Website: Amazon

You have within you unlimited capacities for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom—and here is how to awaken them.

In The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers the most accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to Buddhist psychology ever published in the West. Here is a vision of radiant human dignity, a journey to the highest expression of human possibility—and a practical path for realizing it in our own lives.

This book is a guide to the transformative power of Buddhist psychology — for meditators and mental health professionals, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West.

Jack is a Buddhist teacher and meditation master who is internationally renown and a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in northern California. A former Buddhist monk, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology. His books include A Path with Heart, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book, and After the Ecstasy.

“The Wise Heart is Jack Kornfield at his most wonderful and illuminating. He brings to life a way to understand and cultivate mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness and true wisdom that penetrates to the core of what liberation is all about.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Arriving at Your Own Door

The Diamond Sutra

Red Pine book coverby Red Pine (Author)

480 pages
Language: English
Format: Paperback, Hardcover
Price: $17.55, $34.79
Website: Amazon

Winner of the 2018 Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation

The Diamond Sutra

Zen Buddhism is often said to be a practice of mind-to-mind transmission without reliance on texts – in fact, some great teachers have forbidden their students to read or write. But one of Buddhism’s great works lies at the center of Zen: The Diamond Sutra, said to contain answers to all questions of delusion and dualism.

This is the Buddhist teaching on the perfection of wisdom and cuts through all obstacles on the path of practice.

The Diamond Sutra is one of the most revered texts of Mahayana Buddhism and a jewel of the world’s religious literature.

It is a brief text. A typical English translation contains about 6,000 words, and an average reader could finish it in less than 30 minutes, easily. But if you were to ask ten dharma teachers what it is about, you might get ten different answers, because the Diamond defies literal interpretation.

Its Sanskrit title translates as the “diamond-cutting perfection of wisdom sutra.” Thich Nhat Hanh says the title means “the diamond that cuts through afflictions, ignorance, illusion, or delusion.”

It is also sometimes called the Diamond Cutter Sutra, or the Vajra Sutra.

Most of the text takes the form of a dialogue between the Buddha and a disciple named Subhuti.

The verses in the Diamond Sutra address the nature of reality and the activity of bodhisattvas. Throughout the sutra, the Buddha instructs us to not be bound by concepts, even concepts of “Buddha” and “dharma.”

About the Author

Bill Porter (aka “Red Pine”) is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent translators of Chinese poetry and religious texts; he assumes the pen name “Red Pine” for his translations.

Bill Porter was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and grew up in the Idaho panhandle. He served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army (1964-67), graduated from the University of California with a degree in anthropology in 1970, and attended graduate school at Columbia University.

Uninspired by the prospect of an academic career, he dropped out of Columbia and moved in 1972 to a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. After four years with the monks and nuns, he struck out on his own and eventually found work at English-language radio stations in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where he produced over one thousand programs about his travels in China.

In 1993 he returned to America with his family and has lived ever since near Seattle, Washington.

 

Writing as Bill Porter, he is the author of several travelogues, including Road to Heaven, which focuses on his interactions with Taoist hermits in the mountains of China; Zen Baggage; and his Guggenheim project, Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past.

Writing as Red Pine, he was the first translator to ever translate the entirety of Han-shan’s oeurve into English, published as The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain.

Red Pine was also the first to translate into English the entirely of The Poems of the Masters. He has also translated several of the major Buddhist sutras, including the Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra, and Platform Sutra.

Of all the sutras that teach this teaching, this is the diamond.

 

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