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Paramananda guides us in grounding meditative experience in the body, turning towards experience in a kindly and intelligent way, and seeing through to another way of understanding and being in the world.

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The Myth of Meditation: Restoring Imaginal Ground through Embodied Buddhist Practice

Paramananda

From his three decades of teaching Buddhist meditation, Paramananda offers an approach that is a challenge both to the way we experience ourselves, and the way in which we see and ‘be’ in the world. He contends that the historical Buddha offered not a panacea for the ills of his time but rather a radical alternative way of living in the world, still as valid today as it was 2500 years ago. At the very heart of this radical vision is the art of meditation.

Engaging in this art is what Paramananda outlines in The Myth of Meditation. Enlivened by his love of both the natural world and poetry, he guides us is a threefold
process: grounding meditative experience in the body, turning towards experience in a kindly and intelligent way, and seeing through to another way of understanding and being in the world.

Endorsements

Paramananda’s latest book…is beautifully simple, earthy, inviting a subtle, sensitive and poetic meeting of ourselves… This book will help you find your way back to your own vulnerable heart... – Jayaraja, Chair of Buddhafield, author of The Yellow Book of Games and Energizers

A critical and necessary book to read, to practise and to embody. Brilliant in its depth and simplicity, Paramananda allows meditation to become poetry, to return to its “original face.” – Michael Shea, PhD, meditation teacher and founder of sheaheart.com

Paramananda beautifully examines how spiritual practice is both a deeply intimate relationship with oneself, and inextricably connected to the world we live in. He brings far-reaching Buddhist teachings down to earth and encourages us to be curious, as we simply sit with the breathing body, or open to suffering – our own and others' – in such a way that liberates the heart. – Vajradevi, meditation teacher and author of uncontrivedmindfulness.net