How to Meditate - Table of Contents

A Practical Guide

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Part 1: Mind and Meditation
1. Why Meditate?     
2. What Is Meditation?        

Part 2: Establishing a Meditation Practice
1. Advice for Beginners       
2. The Meditation Session   
3. Posture      
4. Common Problems          

Part 3: Meditations on the Mind
1. Meditation on the Breath
2. Meditation on the Clarity of the Mind   
3. Meditation on the Continuity of the Mind

Part 4: Analytical Meditations
About Analytical Meditation           
1. Meditation on Emptiness
2. Appreciating our Human Life     
3. Meditation on Impermanence    
4. Death Awareness Meditation     
5. Meditation on Karma      
6. Purifying Negative Karma          
7. Meditation on Suffering  
8. Equanimity Meditation   
9. Meditation on Love          
10. Meditation on Compassion and Tonglen (Giving and Taking)         
11. Dealing with Negative Energy  

Part 5: Visualization Meditations
About Visualization  
1. Body of Light Meditation 
2. Simple Purification Meditation   
3. Meditation on Tara, the Buddha of Enlightened Activity        
4. Meditation on Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion   
5. Inner Heat Meditation     

Part 6: Prayers and Other Devotional Practices
About Devotion        
1. Prayers      
2. Explanation of the Prayers         
3. A Short Meditation on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment           
4. Meditation on the Buddha          
5. Meditation on the Healing Buddha        
6. Meditation on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation  
7. Prayer to Tara      
8. Vajrasattva Purification   
9. The Eight Mahayana Precepts   
10. Prostrations to the Thirty-five Buddhas         

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