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Although the authors of this small volume are Buddhist monks, our meditation instructions come with a wish to benefit all practitioners equally, regardless of faith, creed or prior experience with meditation. In a few illustrated pages, the book introduces the essence of meditation practice and shows you how to make it part of your life. You will find instructions suited for people of every religious or spiritual background, including people with no religious background.
Who meditates? Scholars says, it's likely that Jesus meditated during his days in the desert; Sufis meditate to the sound of a sacred name; Jewish Kabbalah contains a variety of meditation techniques; contemplative Christians practice the Prayer of the Heart, and the Centering Prayer; and champion athletes meditate. Military officers, prison wardens, corporate executives, researcher and doctors, and astronauts are all looking and listening within.
Why meditation has gone mainstream? Two possible reasons are that: one, people are seeking an antidote to the disturbing effects of our fast-paced life-styles, and two, the ability to sustain concentration benefits activities from sports to studying, from relationships to child-raising. Slowing down and concentrating are two positive benefits of meditation for 21st century individuals.