By John Daido Loori
One of Zen Buddhism's most respected teachers offers a complete introduction to Zen meditation in ninety-six short pages and a seventy-minute CD. Using straightforward language, John Daido Loori explains everything new meditators need to know to begin practicing-including where to sit (on a chair, cushion, or bench), how to position the body (complete with instructional photographs), and how to practice Zen meditation to calm the mind. The second section offers a taste of Buddhist theory with a passage from the famed Zen poem, "The Faith in Mind Sutra," which extols the virtues of the open, unbiased nature of the beginner's mind.
There are also over twenty inspiring photographs to help establish the mood of meditation, as well as an annotated reading list for those who would like to learn more about Buddhism.The accompanying CD is an ideal meditation companion that new meditators can play each time they want to practice. With timed meditation periods and a Dharma talk, it creates the structure and feeling of sitting at a Zen monastery. The CD features:
A ten-minute meditation session with a pleasing gong at the beginning, guided instruction by John Daido Loori, and a gong to conclude the sitting
A brief talk by the author on the benefits of meditation
A thirty-minute meditation period for those who would like to practice for a longer amount of time (with gongs to signify the beginning and end of the sitting period.) Hardcover, 112 pages.