I need a non-buddhist (I’m a Christian…when I say non-buddhist I mean not teaching buddhist belief), REALLY expansive, really *good* meditation book that isn’t focused on reaping a single benefit of meditation (I need ALL of them). help please? 10 points :D.
and by the way……….
I’m not against it being by a buddhist. I’d just prefer that they aren’t referring to specifically buddhist religious beliefs a lot. 🙂

And I’m doing this for TONS AND TONS of reasons. Not just for peace and relaxation(this is in response to the many people who tell me to trust in God. Which I do.). I’m doing it mostly for the mental benefits–it gives you better concentration, memory, learning skills, self discipline…..all of which I could use a lot more of. o.O All the other affects of meditation are also very nice, also, though. 🙂

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  • For the best down to earth guide on mindfulness meditation try

    Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunarantana

    http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfulness_in_plain_english.pdf

    As you might have guessed he is a Buddhist but he doesn’t push it in the book. It’s just a how to guide.

    Also you might find Douglas Harding interesting. He had a Christian background (before he passed away) – and taught a quite revolutionary meditation which is not directly linked to any one religion.

    Have a look at

    http://www.headless.org/entry_page.html

    Best wishes

  • The Bible. The book of Psalms is good for inspiration. Other parts of the Bible you might pick from would be the love section in I Cor. 13, Phil. 4, Prov. 3, James 1, etc. Christianity is about faith for sure, a trust, but with love too. This takes a maturity. This isn’t just a head thing, a knowing, but also a heart thing — a willingness to love and commit to God eternally. The most important factors I’m learning are faith, love, peace, hope, friendliness, caring, giving, and meekness, plus obedience. God is our Creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, holy, love. Mostly, God is love and He wants us to be love too and become like Jesus Christ, which takes obedience and faith that He can help us succeed to do His will. Our will needs to be yielded to His will. We need to accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior forever to receive God’s blessing and forgiveness plus go to heaven. Having Jesus in your life means changing your life to accept His leadership — thus He is your Lord, and not just your Savior. He wants to change us to be more like Him. The more we love God, the more we can commit and be obedient. Spiritual maturity comes as you learn that life isn’t all about you. Most important is loving and helping God and others. I’m Lutheran and I like the Baptist churches too. Ways to stay on the project are going to church, reading the Bible daily, and daily prayer as needed. Some churches do a weekly Bible study group and these can be a good way to get committed to read the Bible often and keep going. Let God guide you. God bless.

  • Allow God to think for you! It is possible when you totally surrender! Such surrender is possible when you have faith. Such faith is possible when you have ‘trust’ in the other man. Such trust is possible when you love the other man.

  • If you focus on the Love of God all things will be given unto you without asking :))

    Asking for things actually limits the Grace that is ours.

  • Errr What is your problem if a Buddhist did answer this question, they might know better on meditation than anyone else and meditation became a universally accepted practice, a Buddhist would not resort to preaching other than instructing the techniques for proper meditation that doesn’t involve any belief.

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