Listen and learn as the light-hearted, happy, kind voice of Bikshuni Thubten Chodron guides us along the gradual path to enlightenment. Yes, this wonderful 224-page book is accompanied by a 14-hour MP3 CD with no less than 46 meditations! How often have we heard a teacher describe the teachings of the lamrim and gone away wondering how to put them into practice—and here is a way to actually experience them. No more excuses: Soon the rhythm of meditating becomes as habitual and essential as the morning cuppa. Are you working with distractions? Dealing with mental afflictions? Distinctly possible under this gentle, kindly guidance.
I have found few guides through the sometimes-complex practices of Tibetan Buddhism that are this thorough, accessible, and practical. The questions Chodron presents throughout the book and CD are the types of questions you might want to tape to your bathroom mirror, and she provides enough of them that you could easily start your day contemplating a different question for months. This is not the sort of book that requires a sequential reading; it is superbly organized to provide quick and easy access to any of the concepts you are currently working with, and there is plenty for those at each stage of the path. Even if you are not strictly a student of Tibetan Buddhism, there are enough core spiritual and ethical concepts covered in this book as to make it a worthwhile read for anyone who seeks to develop her mind and spirit, and enlarge her compassion and wisdom, whatever your primary spiritual practice.
—The Feminist Review
[Thubten Chodron] has spent more than 30 years studying Tibetan Buddhist techniques … The lamrim teachings are easily accessible and because of this they have become popular in the frenetic Western pace. In “Guided Meditations,” Chodron provides clear explanations of the stages presented in the lamrim. An accompanying CD includes guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the book.
Venerable Chodron is well known for her many clear writings. As the CD shows, she also has a clear, gentle, and calm voice, which makes the selected meditations on the stages of the path a delight and also very positive to listen to… If the graduated path, as the lamrim approach is also called, has proven helpful to countless generations of monastics, it is even more important to modern Western lay practitioners who are dealing with a good many more challenges and distractions. I can recommend without reservation both Venerable Chodron’s book and the audiorecording which generously extends over 14 hours.
—Georg Feuerstein, PhD
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