The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience



From The New York Times Bestselling Author, A Classic Interpretation Of All Varieties Of Meditation Goleman S Wide Ranging Meditative Experience Imbues The Volume With An Authority And Authenticity And Continues To Make His Writings Some Of The Liveliest Available On Meditation Publisher S Weekly The Meditative Mind Is An Essential Traveler S Guide To The Topography Of The Spirit For Every Spiritual SeekerFor The Beginning Meditator, The Book Provides A Comprehensive, Accessible Overview Of The Different Kinds Of Meditation, From Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Jewish, And Christian To Transcendental, Tantric, Kundalini, Tibeta Buddhist, Zen, And Those Developed By Gurdjeff And Krishnamurti, And Introduces The Reader To The Basic Elements Of Their PracticeFor The Experienced Meditator, Goleman Explores The Distinct Levels Of Consciousness Developed As A Result Of Long Term ApplicationThe Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience

Author of Emotional Intelligence and psychologist Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers Goleman s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year and a half Named one of the 25 Most Influential Business Management Books by TIME, it has been translated into 40 languages The Harvard Business Review called emotional intelligence EI a revolutionary, paradigm shattering idea Goleman s new book, Focus The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that attention a fundamental mental ability for success has come under siege Leadership that gets results demands a triple focus on our inner world so we can manage ourselves on others, for our relationships and on the outer forces that shape our organizations and society itself Hisrecent books include The Brain and Emotional Intelligence, and Leadership The Power of Emotional Intelligence Selected Writings.

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  • Paperback
  • 214 pages
  • The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience
  • Daniel Goleman
  • 10 March 2019
  • 0874778336

10 thoughts on “The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience

  1. says:

    I started reading this book thinking it was going to be a lightweight skim over various meditative traditions, and indeed, it does contain that in the central chapters, but found there wasto it as I got towards the end Goleman laid out his main thesis along the lines of there aresimilarities among the religious meditative traditions than there are differences at the beginning of the book, and then set out to demonstrate the point, with frequent references back to his guiding tem I started reading this book thinking it was going to be a lightweight skim over various meditative traditions, and indeed, it does contain that in the central chapters, but found there wasto it as I got towards the end Goleman laid out his main thesis along the lines of there aresimilarities among the religious meditative traditions than there are differences at the beginning of the book, and then set out to demonstrate the point, with frequent references back to his guiding template, the Visuddhimagga I got the feeling that there was quite a bit of trying to make alternative approaches fit the Visuddhimagga mould where it wasn t always that obvious, but it was, nevertheless useful to see how the traditions agree with each other on some important points without necessarily knowing it, or liking the fact.The book is of its time, and there s certainly a thread of excitement about the exploration that was happening in the 70 s and 80 s into Eastern meditative methods, as well as an unconscious nod to the one big melting pot zeitgeist that was current One thing I found interesting was the descriptions of the trials and experiments involving meditators that were happening, as Western scientists and explorers of the mind were grappling with the integration of mainstream psychology and the recently discovered centuries old wealth of Eastern study of the mind.The last part of the book is the meat , for me, in which Goleman goes into some depth about the psychology underlying Buddhism, in particular as described in the Visuddhimagga and Abhidhamma I thought I was going to flick through this book and put in my shelf, never to open its pages again, instead of which I will be re reading it again very soon, and would recommend, in particular, any student or teacher of meditation and mindfulness based programmes to read it too

  2. says:

    Me pareci una buena lectura para quienes quieran hacerse una idea general sobre los diferentes caminos que las tradiciones y religiones antiguas y modernas buscan la iluminaci n, los estados alterados de conciencia, o conocer a Dios a trav s de la pr ctica de la meditaci n.Nos da una breve comparaci n de muchas tradiciones pasando por el bhakti hind , la c bala jud a, el hesicasmo cristiano, el cuarto camino de Gurdgieff, entre otros, haciendo una rese a de cada uno utilizando como punto de re Me pareci una buena lectura para quienes quieran hacerse una idea general sobre los diferentes caminos que las tradiciones y religiones antiguas y modernas buscan la iluminaci n, los estados alterados de conciencia, o conocer a Dios a trav s de la pr ctica de la meditaci n.Nos da una breve comparaci n de muchas tradiciones pasando por el bhakti hind , la c bala jud a, el hesicasmo cristiano, el cuarto camino de Gurdgieff, entre otros, haciendo una rese a de cada uno utilizando como punto de referencia el Visuddhimagga budista cl sico que es uno de los sistemas mas detallados y estructurados, y compara los elementos categoriz ndolos con respecto a la preparaci n, la concentraci n y la percepci n del estado elevado de conciencia Me llam mucho la atenci n sobre como la mayor parte de los caminos aconsejan a sus practicantes despojarse de todo lo material y mundano para apenas empezar la pr ctica meditativa, cuando otros con los cuales sent m s afinidad ven esto como una consecuencia de la pr ctica Me quedo con la inquietud de leer m s sobre la meditaci n trascendental, el cuarto camino y el zen

  3. says:

    I understand this book lies at the beginning of Daniel Goleman s career on his creation of Emotional Intelligence theory, a set of books that brought so much to my life and started me in new beneficial directions The book is brief but comprehensive, substantive and so well written that it is a page turner.A true scientific dissertation on meditative practices, offers fascinating descriptions of the nature of meditation, altered states of consciousness and the varieties of traditions and practic I understand this book lies at the beginning of Daniel Goleman s career on his creation of Emotional Intelligence theory, a set of books that brought so much to my life and started me in new beneficial directions The book is brief but comprehensive, substantive and so well written that it is a page turner.A true scientific dissertation on meditative practices, offers fascinating descriptions of the nature of meditation, altered states of consciousness and the varieties of traditions and practices across time and places, from the most simple to the most complex I ended up with a good understanding of the subject and infused strong motivation to start some sort of meditative practice

  4. says:

    It s the first book about meditation that I ever read and found it really documented and with a very good described content about meditation and mindfulness I ll say that it s devided in 2 parts, firstly, talking about some primary spiritual traditions and their goals, offering a thoughtful explanation about Western and Eastern methodologies of meditating and secondly, ending by describing several techniques and meditation paths essentials for achiving the Zen mood Every method of meditation It s the first book about meditation that I ever read and found it really documented and with a very good described content about meditation and mindfulness I ll say that it s devided in 2 parts, firstly, talking about some primary spiritual traditions and their goals, offering a thoughtful explanation about Western and Eastern methodologies of meditating and secondly, ending by describing several techniques and meditation paths essentials for achiving the Zen mood Every method of meditation is like all others, like some others and like no other according to D Goleman

  5. says:

    Seg n me cuenta la Flaca, este libro que apareci por ah me lo regal La Lucha Yo no me acuerdo cu ndo fue, pero es uno de sos libros excepcionales excepcionalmente corto 77 p ginas , excepcionalmente profundo el camino hacia el nirvana y excepcionalmente retador, ya que nos conecta con el mapa de Buda para que prendamos nuestra propia l mpara.El buda trabaj sobre s mismo y penetr la impermanencia, la insatisfactoriedad y la impersonalidad Realiz las cuatro nobles verdades sufri Seg n me cuenta la Flaca, este libro que apareci por ah me lo regal La Lucha Yo no me acuerdo cu ndo fue, pero es uno de sos libros excepcionales excepcionalmente corto 77 p ginas , excepcionalmente profundo el camino hacia el nirvana y excepcionalmente retador, ya que nos conecta con el mapa de Buda para que prendamos nuestra propia l mpara.El buda trabaj sobre s mismo y penetr la impermanencia, la insatisfactoriedad y la impersonalidad Realiz las cuatro nobles verdades sufrimiento, origen del sufrimiento, la cesasi n del sufrimiento y el camino para aniquilar el sufrimiento.El libro trata sobre los estados espec ficos de meditaci n EEM , presentando un studio detallado del relato Vissudhimagga Siglo V Del SILA pureza pasamos a SAMADHI concentraci n y PRAJNA discernimiento Son tres facetas de un proceso nico SILA tiene su c digo disciplinario para seglares cinco , para los novicios diez y para los monjes doscientos veintisiete Con esta disciplina nos preparamos para meditar Desprenderse de las obligaciones mundanas lo libera a uno para dedicarse de lleno a la meditaci n 20 PRESTA ATENCION A LA MEDITACION.Concentraci n Samadhi es no estar distra do se fija en el tema, entra en l, lo absorbe y se hace una con l Los temas llegan hasta 101, detallados en p.22 Con los varios temas se van logrando hasta ocho jhana ruptura total con la conciencia normal El Budha, los maestros son claves para definir el camino espec fico propio Es uno de sos libros de lectura repetida Mientras tanto toca meditar y ser capaces de identificar del punto espec fico de la ruta en que nos encontramos Uno de los pocos estudios con que contamos sobre los yoguis que practican el Samadhi descubri en algunos sujetos un ritmo respiratorio extraordinariamente lento, entre cuatro y seis respiraciones por minuto Bagchi et al 1971 Los jhanas y el retraso de la respiraci n constituyen lo que Wallace 1970,1971 ha dado en llamar el cuarto estado de la conciencia 70El que experimenta conoce proverbio suf Tal como dijo Meher Baba 1967 En la vida spiritual no es necesario tener unmapa completo del Camino para empezar el viaje.Al contrario, empe arse en poseer todo eseconocimiento puede, en realidad, ser m s unimpedimento que una ayuda para avanzar Elque especula desde la playa sobre lo que es eloc ano solo conocer su superficie Sin embargo,quien realmente quiere conocer las profundidadesdel oc ano tiene que estar deseando zambullirse en l 76

  6. says:

    Taking into account my life long interest in meditation contemplative religious practices, this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life Daniel Goleman goes through a comparative description of contemplative traditions in the world covering some of the most important religions nowadays He beautifully describes the Buddhist path, as well as some of the Christian practices, the Sufi, the Bakti Yoga The most interesting part is that this book was written based on the author s own exp Taking into account my life long interest in meditation contemplative religious practices, this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life Daniel Goleman goes through a comparative description of contemplative traditions in the world covering some of the most important religions nowadays He beautifully describes the Buddhist path, as well as some of the Christian practices, the Sufi, the Bakti Yoga The most interesting part is that this book was written based on the author s own experience with meditation masters I am so thankful that I came accross this book when I was only 19 years old

  7. says:

    I would call this book a systematic qualitative review of sacred texts and writings of spiritual leaders and philosophers In contrast with other authors of his time, Goleman produced a structured comparison of different meditation techniques and corresponding mental states rather than a collection of narratives This approach was predictably appealing to researchers in the course of my research I saw is cited in many publications The reading was a bit tedious at times, but overall very enjoya I would call this book a systematic qualitative review of sacred texts and writings of spiritual leaders and philosophers In contrast with other authors of his time, Goleman produced a structured comparison of different meditation techniques and corresponding mental states rather than a collection of narratives This approach was predictably appealing to researchers in the course of my research I saw is cited in many publications The reading was a bit tedious at times, but overall very enjoyable

  8. says:

    A good introduction to meditation as it is practiced by various traditions around the world What for me was helpful was the analysis of how different meditation practices relate, where they overlap, and where they seem to diverge A good book for those who have some experience wth meditation and are trying to understand those who do other practices.

  9. says:

    A classic work, and probably the first comprehensive book on contemplative practices I think this book will gain popularity in upcoming years with growing interest in various contemplative practices and their effects on health.

  10. says:

    Meditation an exercise worth tryingIt is a good read which will help one establish a belief in practices of meditation Rather than just theorizing the significance of meditation, author has provided practical implications with decent set of examples

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