By Amadeo Sole-Leris
As the introduction of this wonderful book states:
"The purpose of the present study of Buddhist meditation is to offer a general view - inevitably rather abbreviated, but complete in essentials - of the methods of meditation which were tried out, perfected and taught by the great master, the Buddha, some 2500 years ago, as they have been preserved in the most ancient traditions of his teaching We know those meditative techniques in detail thanks to the texts of the Pali canon, which have preserved the words of the Buddha, and also through the living transmission of meditation practive, handed down from generation to generation int he oldest unbroken tradition of Buddhism, known as Theravada...."
This book explores Buddhist meditation from its earliest roots in samatha - tranquillity meditation or Vipassana - insight meditation.
"Buddhist meditation does not mean...that one has to start by blindly accepting certain beliefs before one may practise it or perform rituals. It means, quite simply, to practise the techniques of mental training tried out and taught by the Buddha himself, which do not demand a preliminary commitment to an organized religion."
Published by: Buddhist Publication Society
Publication Date: 1990