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Step by Step: basic buddhist meditations

by Geshe Namgyal Wangchen

Step By Step is a practical introduction to the profound meditation methods of Tibetan Buddhism. Based on the teachings of the great Tibetan saint and founder of the Gelug School, Tsongkhapa, the techniques explained here are simple, direct and possess the power to radically alter the way we see the world and ourselves. They present a time-tested means for counteracting depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and countless other forms of mental suffering. This book provides the reader with all of the instruction necessary to embark on the path of transformation that Tibetan Buddhists have refined over the last 1300 years. Geshe Wangchen provides detailed explanations on the six perfections, emptiness, the preciousness of life, and how to develop the genuine altruistic wish to live one’s life in a way that brings only benefit to all living things. Geshe Wangchen provides three life-changing meditations that the reader can immediately integrate into their lives in order to work toward a life experience that is more compassionate, confident, and full of wisdom.

“If you had to choose only ten Buddhist books to keep for this lifetime, this would have to be one of them! A sweeping statement, you say, but Wisdom’s publishing of this gem provides a golden opportunity for new (and old) readers to practice some life-changing meditations, described for us in simple, direct style. We all want to be able to incorporate meditation into our busy lives, and Geshe Wangchen shows us exactly how to do it. Based on the teachings of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, this life-changing book presents time-tested ways of dealing with all sorts of mental sufferings: depression, anxiety and that bug-bear low self-esteem. Such an accessible page-turner.”
—MandalaEditor’s Choice

Geshe Wangchen is one of those rare teachers who was trained in Old Tibet, and carries the lineages and blessings of the great masters who accompanied the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959. In some ways he is special within that very elite circle of great teachers, because he also has the distinction of having been chosen by the Dalai Lama to teach in the West for a number of years. His most wonderful book, Step By Step, reflects this multidimensional aspect of his background. It embodies the profound training and intense realization of that is the legacy of Tibet, with the easy access quality of modern Buddhist teachers in the West. Indeed, it is a delight for all of those with the auspicious destiny to encounter it, providing a dramatic and thrilling guide to the foundational practices leading to higher consciousness and enlightenment.
—Glenn H. Mullin, author of The Fourteen Dalai Lamas

Replete with excellent guidance on Mahayana practice.
—The Tibet Journal


Part One: Basic Requirements for the Practice of Meditation
1. The Meaning of the Gradual Path to Enlightenment
2. The Four Significant Qualities of the Gradual Path
3. Our Motivations for Practicing Meditation
4. The Levels of the Path
5. Praparing Ourselves for the Actual Meditation

Part Two: Meditations on the Initial Level of Inner Development
6. The Precious Human Rebirth
7. Awareness of Impermanence
8. Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

Part Three:Meditation on the Medium Level of Inner development
9.The Suffering Nature of Cyclic Existence

Part Four:Meditations on the Higher Level of Inner development
10.Encouraging Ourselves to Develop bodhicitta, the Mind of Enlightenment
11.How to Develop Bodhicitta

Part Five: The Six Perfections
12.Encouraging Ourselves to Practice the Bodhisattva Path
13.Introducing the Six Perfections
14.Meditations on the First Four Perfections
15.The Importance of Developing a Single-Pointed Mind, the Fifth Perfection
16.How to Develop a Single-Pointed Mind
17. The Wisdom of Emptiness, the Sixth Perfection
18. Meditation on Emptiness
19. Meditations on the Three Deities

Appendix:Prayers in Tibetan Phoentics and English
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Step by Step: basic buddhist meditations

ISBN / Product Code: 9780861716005

Format: Paperback

Length: 264 pages

Size: 226 x 152mm

Availability: In stock

Price: $A 31.95

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