It is rare for a foreign woman to be accepted for instruction in intensive meditation in a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Jane Hamilton-Merritt writes about this experience from the inside, describing the extraordinary journey into the self, the expansion of her consciousness. In a personal account of her struggles, her fears and her experiences - some euphoric, some terrifying, some beautiful in the form of psychedelic visions and some that were genuinely threatening. A Meditator s Diary is an intellectually disciplined attempt to understand what Buddhist meditation techniques have to offer us, those in the Western world caught up in a cycle of destruction that we cannot control, and shows how to access its secrets. Jane Hamilton-Merritt describes her own dawning understanding of compassion without attachment , her eventual arrival at a state of peace and reconciliation and the sense of living flow with the whole of the universe that has transformed her life. Encouraging her readers to try meditation she describes how we can take the first steps on the long road to tranquillity for ourselves.
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A most readable book! The whole practice of meditation and its profound effect upon the individual comes to vivid life. --The Middle Way
Warmly written, full of emotions and experiences and very compelling reading. --Yoga Today
This book opens vistas and prospects which reveal other and fascinating dimensions to life and to the inner depths of the human mind. --The Catholic Herald
Jane Hamilton-Merritt is a journalist and photographer. She worked as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand (and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for her work in covering the Vietnam War). She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 and 2000 for her work on behalf of the Hmong tribal people of Laos.
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Book Description Thorsons, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 42941318