Stages of Meditation
- Narrated by: Ken McLeod
- Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 29-03-02
- Language: English
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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By Svein Olav Nyberg on 02-09-18
What I learned
This was a concise summary of important teachings.
The first thing I noticed, was that it suffices to have one core practice (and if I got the gist right, you should stick to just one core, the rest are means), and that the best core of your practice is COMPASSION. Let that be your sole focus, and all the rest will spring from it.
The second thing I noticed through-out, was the insistence on a balance between "open abiding" or one-pointedness meditation AND "skilful means" / wisdom / "special insight" on the other. The Dalai Lama gave an example of a very skilled meditation master who nevertheless had problems with anger because his practice was one-sided: he had excellent concentration skills, but had not worked through his (emotional) hindrances, and so the truth was obscured to him and he could not see. But the other imbalance would not take you all the way, either. You would see, but your inner eye would be unfocused.
The insights are gained through observation and inference, and (a bit surprising to me) the non-self is found more through this inferential analysis than through meditation itself. A fact to be filed for later analysis again.
The Dalai Lama insisted at the beginning on proper study technique, on taking notes. The best notes, in my experience, are the short summaries. So these are my study notes.
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By Bryan on 27-03-03
Good material but poor editing
In the course of my study of Tibetan Buddhism, I have read and listened to many books by the Dalai Lama. Most of them are very good but this one is average. The commentary is helpful and interesting, and the subject is intellectually challenging but the editing is poor. Several times during the recording, the reader repeats words or sentences seemingly by accident. I do not expect that this repetition was in the original text, it simply would not make sense. I also found the reader's delivery to be a bit too monotonous. Granted, many audio books on Buddhism are read this way but this reader was an extreme example. Overall, I thought the book was helpful in my practice but it is not exemplary.
As a side note, I would definitely not recommend this book to a beginner. The subject is somewhat advanced and would not benefit a reader that lacks a decent understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.
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By James on 12-10-12
Where does Stages of Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator, his tone and voice were very easy to understand.
Have you listened to any of Ken McLeod’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, this book made me search.
Any additional comments?
I'd like to share this quote from the book, "...there is no identity separate from the mind that perceives it."
3 of 3 people found this review helpful