The Meditative Mind is an updated version of a book Daniel Goleman first published in the s and revised in the s. Goleman has been ahead of the curve for a long time. This earlier parts of this book, he points out, first appeared at a time when the links between traditional Asian systems of mental training and modern psychological science were few and far between. They are of course far more common now, with an explosion of research having taken place over the last two decades in particular.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Ram Dass Foreword. From the New York Times Bestselling author, a classic interpretation of all varieties of meditation. For 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 practice.
For the experienced meditator, Goleman explores the distinct levels of consciousness developed as a result of long-term application. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 3rd by TarcherPerigee first published More Details Original Title.
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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 was more to it as I got towards the end. Goleman laid out his main thesis along the lines of 'there are more similarities 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 was more to it as I got towards the end.
Goleman laid out his main thesis along the lines of 'there are more similarities 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.
View 1 comment. 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.
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 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. Con esta disciplina nos preparamos para meditar. Los temas llegan hasta , detallados en p. Bagchi et al. 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 years old.
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. The reading was a bit tedious at times, but overall very enjoyable. Nov 10, Kyren rated it liked it. 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. Aug 11, Mila Gamaiunova rated it really liked it.
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. Meditation - an exercise worth trying It 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. Dec 06, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: meditation , psychology. A brief, clear, and authoritative survey of the major meditation systems of the world, along with a look at the psychology of meditation and prospects for how Eastern and Western approaches might help us learn more about these altered states of consciousness.
This book is more of an academic reference for people who are experienced mediators. Not the typical life altering ground breaking material of most of his other books. Oct 30, Craig Shoemake rated it really liked it Shelves: contemplative-science , meditation. First published in under the title The Varieties of Meditative Experience, Goleman's book is a clear and straightforward presentation of various meditative disciplines organized around the map of consciousness explicated in Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga.
Part I details this map, describing the paths of serenity samadhi and insight vipassana. The various jhanas meditative absorptions are described, as are the insight knowledges. The tone throughout is professional, understanding and clea First published in under the title The Varieties of Meditative Experience, Goleman's book is a clear and straightforward presentation of various meditative disciplines organized around the map of consciousness explicated in Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga.
The tone throughout is professional, understanding and clear, though lacking the feel of a first-hand account. There is no justification for this given the evidence of the Pali Suttas, where n-s is described rather as a kind of "super jhana" attainable only by anagamis and arhats.
It is not, in itself, liberative. Even Gurdjieff and Krishnamurti show up here. While at times illuminating--it's certainly a good, quick cross-section of the many traditions available--the underlying assumption of the discussion is in line with the old saying that "all paths lead to the mountain top," something this reader, at least, is not convinced of.
And in the paragraph below that, in a passage quoted from Gershom Scholem, devekut is defined as a state of mind wherein "You constantly remember God and his love, nor do you remove your thought from Him Consider this from Samyutta Nikaya In other words, enlightenment consists not of being attached to something to a god or gods real or imagined , but rather through the cessation of all attachments.
In other words, there is no reason to believe the Jewish holy man--the zaddik--or the Christian saint or the Muslim sufi attains what the Buddha attained. In fact, the experiences of the Kabbalistic meditators are examples not of nibbana nirvana but of the higher jhanas--equivalent, according to Golem, to the Sufi fana--and Goleman seems to admit this much when on page 62 he says that Sufi practice "culminates in baqa, abiding in some degree of fana [jhana] consciousness while in the middle of ordinary activity.
In fact, as the suttas make clear time and again, contemplatives before the Buddha were prone to believing in their own enlightenment specifically as a result of their attainment of those sorts of states. Goleman's book, however, does nothing to illuminate this problem; it merely perpetuates the popular and fatuous notion that all religions are, at their heart, one and the same. If I seem overly critical in the above passages, I don't want to give the impression that the book is in any way a failure.
Its positives far outweigh its negatives, and even considering my critique of Part III, Goleman is right in asserting correspondences between meditative traditions. They are certainly there, and they need to be understood and appreciated; there is much that contemplatives from different cultures can share with and learn from one another. For many people, Part IV will prove the most interesting, where Goleman looks at the psychology of meditation.
Here he is in his element he is, after all, a psychologist , and he offers a good introductory survey of the Western attempt to come to grips with issues of mind and consciousness. A number of scientific studies of meditation are discussed, though one is left with the overwhelming feeling that so much more can--and should--be done.
However, if one remembers that the book is almost a quarter century old, one can rest assured that since its publication much has indeed been done. Mar 30, Christopher S H rated it liked it.
I think this is a fair intro to meditation why I picked it up.
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