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Living in a fast-paced world, one is now more conscious about the importance of meditation. Now meditation is more than just controlled inhale and exhale. If you want to venture deep into the world of meditation, you must read the following eBooks.
All these eBooks can be downloaded for free. So, let’s get started!
To read these eBooks,
PDF: PDF Doc. (340 KB)│Practice — by Ting Chen, Tr. Master Lok To.
The Fundamentals of (Ch’an) Meditation Practice by Ting Chen. “Originally, one’s own mind and nature are pure, and there is nothing to accept and nothing to refuse; there is neither existence nor non-existence; there is only clear understanding without attachment and with no dwelling. One who wants to know the no-attachment, no-dwelling mind can find it through meditation, because it is only then that the mind does not think of right and wrong, of good and evil or of self and others”.
PDF: PDF Doc. (470 KB) │Practice — by Venerable Jing Hui.
BODHIDHARMA’S GATE: “Chan (Zen) in fact is an impregnable fortress, without a gate to enter. Suppose there is really a gate, that gate would simply be a method of training to be taken up in the Chan tradition. That is why when a monk asked Master Zhao Zhou (778 – 897): ‘Has a dog Buddha-nature or not?’ Master Zhao Zhou retorted: ‘Wu.’ Later on, this Gongan (koan) formed part of a specific approach in the Chan School.” The author , Venerable Jing Hui is a Chan Master and a vice–president of the Buddhist Association of China.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (1,590 KB) │Practice — by Reverend Cheng Kuan.
“Ch’an or Zen is the outcome of meditation. There are two “right” or “highest” purposes of Ch’an. The first purpose is to achieve “Dhyana.” Dhyana is a combination of relaxation, concentration and calmness or tranquility. The second purpose is, using your very composed and tranquil mind, to observe clearly all the dharmas or phenomena externally and internally. As an outcome of Dhyana, you will be able to observe these phenomena very clearly because your “mental mirror” is very clear, for there are no more disturbances to veil it. Out of these observations will come Transcendental Wisdom, which in Sanskrit is called ‘Prajna’.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (1,035 KB) │Practice by – Dharma Master Suddhisukha.
“Taming the Monkey Mind” is a guide to Pure Land practice. It deals specifically with the main practice of the Pure Land School – Buddha Recitation – and covers both the noumenal and phenomenal aspects of that practice. The treatise is accompanied by the detailed commentary of an Elder Master of the Zen and Pure Land lineages.”
Readers not familiar with Pure Land theory may wish to begin with Dr. J.C. Cleary’s introduction.
PDF: PDF Doc. (182 KB) │Practice by— Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw.
“The late Mahasi Sayadaw was responsible for the modern revival of Vipassana or Insight meditation in Myanmar (Burma). This text is his basic instruction on the practice: the preparatory stages with a series of basic exercises. Part two, deals with the deals with the progressive practice and the practical vipassana exercises. The appendix explains the techniques involved in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (435 KB)│Practice by— Ven. Matara Sri Nanarama.
“A guide to the progressive stages of Buddhist meditation. The seven stages of purification provide the framework for the practising disciple’s gradual progress from the cultivation of virtue up to the attainment of the final goal. Integral to the higher stages of purification are the nine types of insight-knowledge, by which the disciple breaks through the delusions covering his mental vision and penetrates through to the real nature of phenomena.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (1,428 KB) │Practice by— Ven.Sayadaw U Jotika.
“This manuscript is an orginial, never previously published work. It is a transcript of a series of eleven preparatory talks given by Sayadaw U Jotika of Myanmar prior to a meditation retreat held in Australia. The Sayadaw is very well respected in Mayanmar where he has produced many books. Although born and bred in Myanmar, Sayadaw U Jotika has a great understanding of many other cultures as he has also read widely in Western literature and has spent extented periods in other countries. This book gives a thorough background to the Path with much detail about the various insight stages. The Sayadaw illustrates this with many stories from his own practice and from his many teachers.”
PDF PDF Doc. (1,259 KB) │Practice by — Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo.
“This is a ‘how to’ book. It teaches the liberation of the mind, not as a mind-boggling theory, but as a very basic skill that starts with keeping the breath in mind. The teachings here are drawn from the works of Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo (1906-61), one of Thailand’s most renowned teachers of Buddhist meditation practices. Ajaan Lee was a forest monk – one who prefers to live in the seclusion of the forest and makes his meditation the central theme of his practice – so his teachings grow out of personal, practical experience, although he also makes a point of relating them to standard Buddhist doctrine.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (671 KB)│Practice by— Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo.
“This book on the frames of reference is based to some extent on my own thoughts and opinions. In some spots it may not be directly in line with the original text (Satipatthâna Sutta), because my primary aim has been to get to the heart of the matter, so that it can be conveniently put into practice. The eBook also includes a section on the “Duties of the Sangha”, that is, the laws and regulations and disciplinary standards (Vinaya).
PDF: PDF Doc. (340 KB) │Practice by— Ven. Sayadaw U Kundala.
Sayadaw U Kundala is a renowned meditation master in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition of Burma, noted for his loving-kindness. In these Dhamma talks the stages of the practice and the Insight Knowledges are explained. The method of meditation is given with detailed instruction. There is a detailed explanation of the Contemplation of Feelings, the second foundation of mindfulness, which, in the Theravada tradition, is the key to the Insight Knowledges. Overall, in the Sayadaw’s teachings, there is much for the Vipassana or insight meditator to be inspired by.
PDF: PDF Doc. (270 KB)│Practice by— Dr. Thynn Thynn.
“The Path of Mindfulness in Daily Life. I wrote this book to encourage practitioners learning to meditate in daily life. In this sense, the articles are presented as a “hands-on” or, more accurately, a “minds-on” training manual. Although I discuss meditation in general, the real focus is on how the Dhamma brings us into spontaneous, wholesome and creative living. My objective in presenting the articles is to help the aspirant build up a solid foundation of mindfulness as a way of life rather than as a practice separated from daily living – Dr. Thynn Thynn.
PDF: PDF Doc. (385 KB) │Practice by— H.H. Somdet Phra Ñanasamvara.
The Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthâna Sutta). This is a series of twenty-two talks given at Wat Bovornives, Bangkok by H.H.Somdet Phra Ñanasamvara, Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness is the Buddha’s explanation of the practice of mindfulness meditation within the framework of four foundations of awareness: body, feelings, mind-states and the mental content. If you read this book, you will discover the truth of the ‘knots’ and problems that exist within you. In short, this can be described as the ‘knot of suffering’. You may also then see the method to unravel and safeguard against this suffering.
PDF: PDF Doc. (2,371 KB) │Practice by— Sayadaw U Pandita.
On The Path to Freedom – a mind of wise discernment and openness by Burmese Meditation Master, Sayadaw U Pandita. This is a compilation of Dhamma discourses to foreign meditators at the Mahasi Meditation Centre, Rangoon, Myanmar, who came to practise under him in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) between August 1986 to March 1987. Translated from Myanmar by the late Mya Thaung.
PDF: PDF Doc. (861 KB) | Practice by— Ven. Ajahn Sumedho.
“The aim of this book is to provide a clear instruction in and reflection on Buddhist meditation as taught by Ajahn Sumedho, a bhikkhu (monk) of the Theravadin tradition. It has been edited from talks Ajahn Sumedho has given to meditators as a practical approach to the wisdom of Buddhism. This wisdom is otherwise known as Dhamma or ‘the way things are’. It is a step-by-step manual on the practice of meditation.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (590 KB) │Practice by— Ven. Visuddhacara.
“This book contains two sections: 1. Invitation to Vipassana and 2. Basic Instructions. In the first part, I have endeavoured to explain: a) the basic principles underlying the Vipassana practice, how it is essentially the observation of physical and mental processes that occur in the body and mind, b) how this observation leads to the understanding of the truths of impermanence, suffering and not-self as taught by the Buddha, c) how the application of mindfulness is required for this observation, d) how the Wisdom of impermanence, etc. is important, making us wiser, stronger, etc. – i.e. how it helps us in our daily life, and shape our whole outlook and attitude towards life, and e) various other aspects of the benefits of mindfulness and living in the present, such as the curtailment of worries and anxieties, improvement in health, concentration and memory.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (391 KB) │Practice by— Ven. Pannyavaro.
“Vipassana meditation requires long-term commitment. While it can be done to some extent in everyday life, realistically for the practice to deepen it needs to be done intensively in a supportive retreat situation. Vipassana meditation is developmental, so to realise its ultimate benefit it has to be sustained with appropriate intensity under supportive conditions. Ven. Pannyavaro, a practitioner of over 30 years, guides you through the vipassana experience in a retreat situation, in a systematic and practical way.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (158 KB) │Practice by—Ven. Pannyavaro.
“Meditation is the intelligent heart of the Buddha’s way; the only criterion is that you should apply it to daily life. The purpose of this meditation course is not to create a system of beliefs, but rather to give guidance on how to see clearly into the nature of the mind. In this way, you can have firsthand understanding of the way things are, without reliance on opinions or theories – a direct experience, which has its own vitality. This course has been prepared with both beginners and experienced practitioners in mind.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (100 KB) │
“This is a handbook on the art of meditative attention or meditating for insight. It deals with the basics of awareness meditation. There is practical instruction on how to do sitting and walking meditation and how to apply awareness in daily activities based on the Insight Meditation ( Vipassana ) tradition. The purpose of this handbook is to give the beginner to awareness meditation a guide to the basics of the practice, with the emphasis on its practical application to daily life.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (143 KB) │Practice by— Ven. Sujiva.
“Insight Meditation as explained by Ven. Sujiva: “It is not an task easy to approach such a profound topic as Insight Meditation in simple terms. But we have got to start somewhere. After some years of introducing this type of meditation, I still find that there is a lack of introductory material for those without knowledge of Buddhism. What is available is often extremely technical and loaded with ancient Indian terminology. There are some words in the English vocabulary which we can never hope to substitute perfectly. Even in this booklet I have used some English words such as ‘conditioned’ and ‘suffering’ which need special explanation when used in a ‘Buddhist’ sense – but I have tried to come up with something easier to read and understand.”
PDF: PDF Doc. (3,342 KB) │Practice by— Ven. Sujiva.
“The ultimate aim of insight meditation is to “free” one from the dissatisfaction of cyclic existence. Readers may also find numerous quotations of the Buddha’s teaching on mindfulness, detachment and liberation throughout the entire book. Those verses act as a source of inspiration and purpose to put vipassana into practice — a practice that brings about insight into the three universal characteristics of unsatisfactoriness, impermanence and non-self which leads one into detachment and ultimate liberation.
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