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What is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? How do I do it? The answers to these often-asked questions are contained in this down-to-earth book, making it of enormous value for anyone who wishes to begin and maintain a meditation practice. Written by a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation, How to Meditate contains a wealth of practical advice on a variety of authentic techniques, from what to do with our minds to how to sit to visualizations and other traditional practices. Best of all, McDonald's approach is warm and encouraging. The next best thing to personal instruction!

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  • Frank B
  • 01-09-2017

Very good, just not what I expected

It was very detailed and very complete. However, I thought it would be less about Buddha and more about how to do it... Learn it step by step.

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  • David Welsh
  • 17-12-2020

Increased personal awareness

How to meditate is more than a practical guide. Shows why and how to get benefits from meditation on simple steps. True has many options as read before on others people reviews.

Is full of motivational wisdom and enlightenment. How to achieve positive aspects of mind, healthy balance.

Explains how to change from negative to positive emotions, with daily routines until get a solid habit. Really helpful book!

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  • Ian Wilson
  • 09-10-2020

The FORM of meditation only

This book is all about the form of meditation and very little about the practice with substance and meditation. If you want to learn how to meditate try something else. If you want to learn the form of meditation this is the book for you.

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  • Silver Hooligan
  • 31-07-2019

Content is excellent, recording is flawed.

I’m trying to stick with the audio book. I read the book 18 years ago and wanted to reread/listen to it. It’s an excellent introduction to mediation.

The recording—ooftah, it’s awful. It sounds like computer created speech. The editing is awkward, volume is inconsistent, consonants get cut off, skips like like a record! The reader mispronounces common words and essential terms.

Ex: Tibetan is pronounced robotically “tie-bet-on” with each syllable pronounced with equal emphasis, it sounds like she’s saying Tie bet on.

The flow is disrupted because of all of these shortcomings.

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  • Jay S.
  • 21-11-2020

Great Breakdown of so many meditations

New and veteran meditators will all find usefulness within these pages. Every point is explained and includes a meditation on that point. Great toolbox for All students of meditation. Highly recommend it.

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  • Padme-Hum
  • 01-01-2020

Good content Strange Narrator

I really tried to listen to this book but the narrator did me in as so distracting. The content was good but probably best to purchase the paper book and read it that way. I am returning this one.

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