A Key to Unlock the Power of a Daily Meditation Practice

The New Meditation Handbook is a practical guide to twenty-one meditations on the stages of the Buddhist path.

This book explains how, by engaging in a simple daily practice based on these meditations, we can learn to make both ourself and others happy.

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The meditation practices presented in this book are actual methods to control our mind. Because everyone has different wishes and capacities, many different levels of meditation practice are given. In the beginning we should choose the level we feel most comfortable with, and gradually, through improving our understanding and familiarity, advance progressively to the higher levels. By continuously engaging in these meditations with joy and patience, we will accomplish the ultimate goal of human life.”

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche - The New Meditation Handbook

A Practical Presentation for Daily Meditation

This concise handbook is presented in two parts.

Part One - Foundation

Part One provides a basic introduction to meditation, including advice on ‘What is Meditation’, ‘The Benefits of Meditation’, ‘How to Begin Meditation’ and other background knowledge needed for an authentic meditation practice.

Part Two - The Twenty-one Meditations

Each meditation begins with preparatory practices that prepare us for successful meditation. This is followed by contemplation in which we read and reflect deeply on the meaning of the instructions so that they touch our heart. Through contemplation we bring our mind to a definite conclusion, such as a determination, or a feeling or a belief, which is the object on which we then place our mind in single-pointed concentration. The practice is sealed with a dedication, and followed by advice on how to incorporate the meditation into our daily life. The twenty-one meditations are divided into three scopes, or levels of spiritual aspiration: initial, intermediate and great. This book gives us the opportunity to explore each of these levels as we engage in the meditations.
Meditations of the Initial Scope
  • 1. Our Precious Human Life
  • 2. Death and Impermanence
  • 3. The Dangers of Lower Rebirth
  • 4. Refuge Practice
  • 5. Actions and Their Effects
Meditations of the Intermediate Scope
  • 6. Developing Renunciation for Samsara
Meditations of the Great Scope
  • 7. Developing Equanimity
  • 8. Recognizing that all Living Beings are our Mothers
  • 9. Remembering the Kindness of Living Beings
  • 10. Equalizing Self and Others
  • 11. The Disadvantages of Self-cherishing
  • 12. The Advantages of Cherishing Others
  • 13. Exchanging Self and Others
  • 14. Great Compassion
  • 15. Taking
  • 16. Wishing Love
  • 17. Giving
  • 18. Bodhichitta
  • 19. Tranquil Abiding
  • 20. Superior Seeing
  • 21. Relying Upon a Spiritual Guide

In conclusion

The key to unlocking the power of these meditations is to gain familiarity with them through regular and sincere practice. By basing our daily meditation practice on the twenty-one meditations presented in The New Meditation Handbook, we can take the real meaning of Buddha's teachings to heart. By carrying this meaning into our daily activities, it has the power to transform our life and the life of those around us.

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Just starting with meditation? You may like to download the FREE EBOOK, How to Transform Your Life.
An in-depth guide to meditation on the stages of the Buddhist path and a great companion to complement The New Meditation Handbook. Make your next read, Joyful Path of Good Fortune, also by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.