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beginning meditation?

I’m a 16 yr old male considering meditation and[or] yoga for a stronger well-being; more than less, a more solid mental comprehension, or tolerance? If that makes sense? I’m really into improving intelligence through psychology, and that interest has wondered into the outer grasp of the benefits from ‘zen’ on the human brain, and our characteristic habits. BOTTOM LINE, “self improvement.” haha

If you know of any instructional websites (that are free), or detailed books that I could pick up at a barnes and noble, please let me know. I’m not interested in the history, more so the practice, and where to begin.

Leave rude implying remarks where they’re needed; outside of my comment boxes. Also please comment only if you have firsthand knowledge on the subject. Thanks in advance friend.

Charlie

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“Beginning Mindfulness: Learning The Way of Awareness” By: Andrew Weiss – teaches Mindfulness Meditation, Lovingkindness Meditation, Tonglin – the Practise of Compassion – from the Theravada and Zen Traditions. Andrew Weiss, is ordained in both Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing and the White Plum Lineage of the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition. You’ll find this book in the Buddhism Section at Barnes and Noble. “Mindfulness in Plain English” By: Henepola Gunaratana, teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Lovingkindness Meditation and is on this Website: http://what-buddha-taught.net/Books2/Gunaratana_Mindfulness_in_Plain_English.htm You may also wish to read the book “Coming To Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and Our World… Read more »

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I recommend Sogyal Rinpoche’s book simply titled “Meditation.” http://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Little-Wisdom-Sogyal-Rinpoche/dp/0062511149/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/192-5068225-8647735?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236923994&sr=8-3 The book is small, perhaps 3″ x 3″, and only about 90 pages. It is actually the chapter on meditation from his larger book “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.” The book does occasionally make references to things specific to the Tibetan path of Buddhism, but these can easily be passed over if desired. The information on meditation is still valuable. With respect to King of Limes perspective, his/her car metaphor is a perfect example of one of the mental conditions regular meditation seeks to address. Successfully driving a car… Read more »

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Hi and thanks for your question. The advice above is very good indeed. I would only try to add a little shading to some of the comments and relate respectfully to your aspirations as you understand them so far. I certainly don’t mean to be contrary. One of the more revered Zen guys from Japan is reported to have said: “To know yourself is to forget yourself.” (Dogen Zen-ji ) He is pointing out precisely that presence in the moment as in driving the car mentioned above. You don’t have to think about it. The car gets driven anyway and… Read more »

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I’ve offered descriptions of a basic, widely-practiced meditation technique in other posts. Here’s a link to one: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20090211124215AAaEuvV Feel free to check my profile for other replies to questions about meditation. I’ve practiced primarily Zen techniques and Vipassana, and I’ve got some familiarity with a number of others (including very similar techniques from Christian monastic traditions, which use a different vocabulary, but follow the very same essential principles). There are many books. “A Path With Heart,” is a nice one by Jack Kornfield. I would very much recommend, though, connecting with a practice center so you can get instructions and… Read more »

Amari
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Amari

I’m delighted that a sixteen year-old boy is so self-actualized. My experience has been that joining a local group who meditate helps me as well as any simple book. There is even a book, Yoga for Dummies that is actually quite helpful. I now practice yoga and meditation daily but that is how I started out. Feel free to ask me any other specific questions if you want, I’ll answer them if I can.

King of the Limes!
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King of the Limes!

Don’t waste your time. I’m not being rude here, but meditation is nothing more than focusing intently on nothing. Zen is simply experiencing the present moment. No future, no past, only now. The Japanese call this Zanshin. It is something that the warrior classes practiced because it helped them to mentally get into that place in battle where you can only worry about the now, not what you just did, or what will happen next. It’s possible to experience this to a degree whilst doing randori in certain martial arts styles (aikido, JuJutsu, Ninjutsu.) Centuries before this, the Chinese did… Read more »

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Mr.Michael Meyer

My beliefs are that there is no “wrong or right way” to meditate. The path towards spirituality is one that splits into countless avenues. I found “HOW to MEDITATE – A Practical Guide” by Kathleen McDonald to be worthwhile for MY path. This does not mean to be appropriate for yours just because it was for mine. Like many teachings, I took what I found practical and discarded the rest. No individual knows the “best way” to do anything because there is no such thing as an independent consciousness.

http://www.wisdompubs.org

I send you pure thoughts on your journey.

Val
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Val

You will not learn anything from a book. You will gain general knowledge about the subject but meditation is a skill, it is an experience you will never know by reading a book.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gpjJUbPfzY&feature=related

Enjoy. 🙂

Practicing shaman… quantum physics rocks.