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

Paramananda

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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 in 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.

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In this book Paramananda beautifully examines how spiritual practice is both a deeply intimate relationship with oneself, and inextricably connected to the world we live in. He weaves nature, ecology, myth, poetry and philosophy through his narrative, into imaginative and enlivening meditative exercises. 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.

Paramananda has a distinctive 'voice' that is original, unruffled and wise. He draws on his considerable experience as a teacher and writer of Buddhism over many years. His decades of practice shine through, with each word richly communicating warmth, confidence and authenticity. – Vajradevi, meditation teacher and author of uncontrivedmindfulness.net