2nd Edition

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

By Sarah Shaw Copyright 2024
    296 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This lively introduction to Buddhist meditation offers students and practitioners alike a deeper understanding of what meditation is and its purpose and place in the context of different Buddhist schools.

    The historical background and geographical spread of Buddhist meditation is explored alongside an examination of the development of meditative practices. Chapters cover basic meditative practice, types of meditation, meditation in different regions, meditation and doctrine, and the role of chanting within meditation. Although not a practical guide, Introduction to Buddhist Meditation outlines the procedures associated with Buddhist practices and suggests appropriate activities, useful both for students and interested Buddhists. Vivid quotations from Buddhist texts and carefully selected photographs and diagrams help the reader engage fully with this fascinating subject.

    Thoroughly revised throughout, this new edition also features a glossary and key, making it ideal reading for students approaching the topic of Buddhist meditation for the first time.

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    Three kinds of Buddhisms

    1. The eightfold path and meditation

    2. Buddhist guidance on meditation, old and new

    3. Radiant but defiled: the human mind

    4. Buddhaghosa and the forty objects of meditation

    5. Chanting, paying respects and devotional ritual

    6. Meditation in Buddhist South and Southeast Asia

    7. Developments in Indian Buddhism

    8. Buddhist meditation traditions in Tibet

    9. Meditation in China

    10. Meditation in Korea and Vietnam

    11. Meditation in Japan

    12. Meditation around the world




    Sarah Shaw is a member of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford, and a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.