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Meditation Teachings Book 5, Original Stories

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Meditation Teachings Book 5, Original Stories

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Sep 30, 2020
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In 1972, when Steve & Rosemary first began meditating there weren’t many opportunities to receive instruction and what was available was usually devoted to concentration. To a large degree in those days the words "meditation" and "concentration" were synonymous. Despite more information being available today, many people still have the idea that meditation is just sitting quietly and concentrating on something such as candle flame, the breath, colors or a mantra.
Travelling to the East and meeting with Theravadin Buddhist teachings gave Rosemary & Steve a broader perspective, and deeper understanding that concentration is only a small part of a larger way of living skillfully. In this practice, the words “mind or mental development” are used interchangeably with the word “meditation”.
We are encouraged to become aware, mindful of all aspects of life, both within us and how we relate to the world. Concentration is a tool that can work with compassion and awareness to strengthen our focus. This can help us towards insight and the development of our minds to the fullest potential.
It is possible we can use every waking moment of the day to practice, not just something we do just a little each day. In order to use our daily life in this way, we need more methods to use throughout the day. And we need to understand how to use the appropriate method at the proper time.
"Meditation Teachings Book 5, Original Stories" can give you a glimpse of a broader dimension of the word “meditation”. This little book is a collection of stories that we have interwoven into our teachings.
We use these and other stories to add more "color" and clarity to the basic practice. Some are short, some are long, some are deep, some are soft, some are heavy, some are light, some are humorous, some are sad. They point us toward their deeper meaning and can stimulate a wider perspective. Just as “a picture tells a thousand words”, these little stories have profound meanings.
How many stories like "The Little Engine That Could," "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy who cried 'Wolf'," etc. attempt to teach us something deeper in life?
Here is a little book full of stories, which have something deeper. We hope it will help you develop more peace and happiness in your life.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Sep 30, 2020
ISBN:
9780648794141
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Rosemary has been an international Buddhist meditation teacher since 1987. She was a resident teacher at a meditation center in Thailand for 25 years, teaching over 8,000 students from more than 85 countries. She currently lives in Australia, and continues teaching at various centers worldwide.She and her husband, Steve, have authored many books, with several translated. Their main teaching book, "...with Compassionate Understanding" has been translated into seven languages.More information about Rosemary & Steve can be found on their web site.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

A Widening View

Tigers

Meditation & Psychic Powers

Big I

Objectivity

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Peace of Mind

Ugh!!

The Unknown Seed

I'm aware again!

Holding fire

Compassion, Understanding & Mindfulness

The Top of the Mountain

Joy in Giving

Emotions: Good or Bad?

Sharing

Fire! Fire!

Awareness & Unawareness

Balance

Cleaning our House

My problem, their problem

Such a Beautiful Lemon Tree

Continual Effort

The Way Things Are

My Sitting Spot

Open, Caring, Loving, Compassionate Heart

It's Hot! It's Hot!

The Law of Kamma

Oops, forgot one

Surprise in the Mulberries

Acquire, achieve, gain, get... or...

Drifting into Problems

Something quite natural

Walking Meditation in Bangkok

Fixed Images

The Second Son

Want to build a house?

A Diamond or a Rock?

The Palm Frond

The Beginnings of Fire

Wheelbarrows or...

Attachment to Form

Respect, Confidence & Joy

Bush Wisdom

Motorcycles or Airplanes?

Monopoly

About the Authors

Books & Audios

* * * * *

Introduction

In 1972, when we first started meditating in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there wasn't very much information available about it. We found a yoga book and started concentrating on candle flames, etc. To a large degree in those days the words meditation and concentration were synonymous. Although today there is much more information available about meditation (including a Thai Buddhist Monastery right across the street from Steve's old Junior High School in those same suburbs), still many people believe that meditation is just sitting quietly and concentrating on something such as a candle flame, the breath, a mantra, colors, etc.

Within Theravadin Buddhism, the word meditation takes on a much broader dimension. Concentration is just one aspect. In this practice, we use the word mental development interchangeably with the word meditation.

We do not just learn to concentrate, but we learn to develop our minds fully in as many beneficial ways that we can. It is possible to use every waking moment of the day to practice, not something we do just a little each day.

Thus we need more tools, more methods to use throughout the day. And, we need to understand daily life in order to apply an appropriate method at the proper time.

Meditation Teachings Book 5, Original Stories can give you a glimpse of a broader dimension of the word meditation to what many people believe. This little book is a collection of stories that we have interwoven into our teachings.

We use these and other stories to add more color and clarity to the basic practice, helping tens of thousands of students and readers of our books, around the world, to see more clearly how to develop deeper peace and happiness in their lives.

Some of these teachings are short, some are long, some are deep, some are soft, some are heavy, some are light, some are humorous, some are sad. Yet what each one can do is to stimulate a wider picture. Whoever has heard the saying, A picture tells a thousand words will also know that a story tells much more than the words it contains.

The Little Engine That Could, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy who cried 'Wolf', etc.; how many little stories teach us something deeper in our life?

Here is a little book full of stories, which have something deeper. We hope it will help you develop more peace and happiness in your life.

Our best wishes,

Steve and Rosemary Weissman

www.rosemary-steve.org

18 June, 2020

A Widening View

Can you remember when you were five years old? Did you have a little tricycle or scooter? For most of you, the answer is probably, yes.

How would you have reacted if an older person came up to you while you were zooming around the house and said, Soon, we're going to give your tricycle to your younger cousin! How many of us would have yelled and cried, No, no, it’s mine, you can’t take my tricycle!?

And yet on our sixth birthday (or thereabouts) how many of us got a bicycle as the big present? Did we want the tricycle anymore? Our world then expanded with the freedom of that bike... our view widened.

Many people keep themselves in a small view, not always understanding what may be needed to help widen that view. Being open minded is a major factor in this.

Here is an analogy from Rosemary, which may help you to be more open:

There once was a village in a valley. Most of the people in this village thought that there was nothing more to be known about the world than what they knew from the valley, that there could never be a more beautiful and expansive view than the view from the valley.

So they simply stayed in the valley and didn't go anywhere else, even though some felt inwardly that perhaps they could find out more or get a better view of the world from the mountain in the East.

Two people finally decided to take the journey to try to climb that mountain. And sure they met with difficulties on the way, but they overcame them. The new territory was quite exciting. Although they were not able to reach the top at that time, they were able to learn quite a lot even from half-way up the mountain and got a spectacular view. They saw the ocean farther in the East and the Earth curving away. They saw the forest on the other side of the mountain. They were able to get a clear view of the sky and the stars they were not able to see from the valley.

They also observed that the weather and the wildlife in the valley were affected by the ocean and the forest on the other side of the mountain, the people in the village didn’t know existed. They learned a lot about the inter-dependent nature of things.

They learned all this and much more as they observed from their viewpoint on the mountain. They stayed there for quite some time, increasing their understanding day by day.

After a while, they began reflecting upon the people in the village and the limited view of the world they had. They felt compassion, and decided to go back and tell the people of the village about the wonderful, expansive view from the mountain and what they had learned from the mountain.

But when they returned and told everyone what they had seen, the people in the village didn't believe them, No, there can't possibly be a more beautiful and expansive view than the view from this valley. I don't want to lose this view from the valley.

* * * * *

Tigers

Growl!!... Growl!!... Have you ever seen a real tiger? Wild?! In the jungle?! Most of us would say, No, and

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