Essentials for Meditation

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Essentials for Meditation

Postby Will » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:51 pm

Just a reminder that the Tian-Tai founder Chih-i (or Zhiyi) wrote very influential meditation texts. Two of them were translated by Bhikshu Dharmamitra in his Kalavinka Press series.
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Re: Essentials for Meditation

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:54 am

Thanks Will :)
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Re: Essentials for Meditation

Postby Huifeng » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:36 pm

Will wrote:Just a reminder that the Tian-Tai founder Chih-i (or Zhiyi) wrote very influential meditation texts. Two of them were translated by Bhikshu Dharmamitra in his Kalavinka Press series. If you want PDFs in addition to (or instead of) books, go here for a free download: http://ifile.it/t3aqukl


I seriously recommend this book of Master Zhiyi, particularly in Ven Dharmamitra's translation, for anybody who is wanting to start from the basics of meditation in the broader Chinese Buddhism context - be it Tiantai, or Chan, or even Pureland and other schools.

This is THE primer.

And yes, the first review of this book in Amazon version is also from me.

I'm presently going through the much larger, shall we say "full" version of this short term, Master Zhiyi's Explanation of the Perfection of Dhyana, for the second time. These writings are gold.
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Re: Essentials for Meditation

Postby Will » Mon May 10, 2010 11:02 pm

This how it begins; two prefaces and the first two chapters:

http://www.kalavinka.com/book_excerpts/ ... apters.pdf
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Re: Breath Meditation

Postby Will » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:42 pm

This is the ToC & Introduction to the other meditation text which focuses on the breath. It is very profound.

http://www.kalavinka.com/book_excerpts/ ... _Intro.pdf
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