Diamond Mind

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Press:Shambhala Shambhala; 1 edition (November 9, 1999)
Publication Date:1999-11-09
Author Name:Rob Nairn


     If meditation were easier, Rob Nairn writes, more people would hang in there and become enlightened. 
Fortunately, Rob's training in both Buddhism and psychology make him especially well qualified to help us do just that.
With clarity and humor, he helps us understand how we generate the clouds of anxiety, desire, and anger that obscure our inherent happiness.
Eight specific practices and five question-and-answer sessions illuminate the psychology of meditation—how our minds work when we meditate, and how we might release and dissolve the conditioning and unresolved issues that get in our way.
           This book is suitable as a course of study by individuals or groups, and includes a special appendix for group facilitators.


     "Rob writes with great simplicity, wisdom, and compassion as he skillfully guides the reader along the path of awakening. 
This book is a joy to read." – Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom

About the Author

Rob Nairn's training in psychology and Buddhist practice brings him a unique ability to explain ancient Eastern concepts in modern, accessible terms. 
The author of What Is Meditation? and Diamond Mind, he is sought after internationally as a lecturer on Buddhist philosophy and meditation.


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  •     This was the second book on Buddhist meditation that I ever read, thirteen years ago.I will never forget my smirk and misplaced confidence when, with the book as my guide, I sat down for my first five minute meditation session, where all I had to do was notice my mind and not get distracted. How difficult could that be. Right, how impossible that was then.A rich, generous book, written for the beginner without dumbing it down, by a truly beautiful human being.
  •     This is an excellent book that will help anyone who is either just beginning to meditate or has been meditating for years. It helps answer questions like "What do I meditate about?", "Why is this not working?" and "What should my goal be?". Whether one is buddhist or not this book can help you bring tranquillity to your mind, thus benefiting you and others. I thank Rob Nairn for writing such a joyful and helpful book.
  •     All my students must read this short primer on psychological benefits of meditation presented from an easy to digest western perspective. Includes truly helpful diagrams and visualizations of thought processes. I've purchased more than 12 copies of this book over the year, and frequently give it as a gift to those in emotional need.
  •     This is the best book on meditation I've read in quite a while. Nairn is very good at getting at the heart of why we find meditation so difficult: we set up ambitions and goals for what's "supposed" to happen, and strive to attain them. We have a big agenda for our meditation, and expect perfection in this, as in many areas of our lives. This switches on our critical mind, he explains, and we create stress, self-torment, striving, and "no meditation." Nairn is also very clear on the nature of thought, how to work with thoughts in meditation, and how to stabilize the mind. Very highly recommended!
  •     I already read other Rob Nairn's other two books. I positively recommend them.
  •     I've been meditating for a couple of years and it has unquestionably changed my perspective but I could never have put the reason for it into words. Diamond Mind presents a bright, uncluttered look at the process of meditation that not only rang true in the context of my experience but also pointed out directions for future growth. Nairn uses language borrowed from western psychology (without the jargon and psychobabble) to explain the process and the essence of the meditative experience and I found it extraordinarily powerful.
  •     Read it three times, excellent book.
  •     The best book I know on Meditation
  •     Diamond Mind is an incredible primer on meditation. Nairn dispenses with jargon and mystique, writing unpretentiously about the mechanics of the mind and the common problems encountered in this practice. With clarity and simplicity, he supplements his very readable prose with straightforward exercises and Q&A sections. Amazingly enough, the book is able to articulate the facets of meditation practice without religious or denominational references, embracing the terminology of western psychology to enrich the material.If you have always had questions about meditation or you seek to understand your practice better, this book is truly a diamond in the rough.
  •     Rob Nairn has written the handbook on how to meditate. He cuts through all the extra fill and gets to the core of the mental process. This is a simple and easy book to read. You need not have any background in psychology or eastern thought. If you ever wanted to try meditation and just can't seem to find the right book, try Diamond Mind. Even if you just want to improve your mental skills, his directions are clear and simple. What he offers us will change our lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wonders just exactly how do you meditate. Diamond Mind will simply and elegantly answer those questions.
  •     One of the best books out there for those who want to start and sustain a meditation practice; it is among the top 3 or 4 that I recommend for beginners. I first read it about 12 years ago and just recently picked it up out of my bookshelves to re-read. I was again struck by how well the writer understands the practice of meditation (and the pitfalls and barriers). The author comes from a Tibetan (Vajrayana) perspective, but this manual is broadly applicable to those from other schools of thought or branches of Buddhism, as well as those of a firmly secular orientation.Note: as usual, I highly recommend that the reader actually do the exercises within each chapter. It's like sports/fitness -- reading about it does one no good at all. Only by practicing it does one attain any benefit.

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