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Meditation
FOR

DUMmIES
2ND



EDITION

Meditation
FOR

DUMmIES
2ND



EDITION

by Stephan Bodian

Foreword by Dean Ornish, MD
Author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Meditation For Dummies®, 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Stephan Bodian has been practicing and teaching meditation for more than
30 years. His workshops on meditation and self-realization are offered
through Omega Institute and other learning centers, and his articles on meditation and related themes appear regularly in national magazines. When he’s
not writing or teaching, Stephan practices an approach to counseling and
coaching that guides clients in using meditative techniques for inner exploration and healing. A licensed psychotherapist, he’s available for phone consultations worldwide through his Web site, www.stephanbodian.org.
Stephan first became interested in meditation in high school when he came
across the word Zen in a novel by Beat writer Jack Kerouac. After studying
Asian philosophy at Columbia University and doing graduate work at
Stanford, he took a leave of absence and went off to a Zen monastery in the
mountains near Big Sur, California, where he shaved his head and spent long
hours following his breath. Ordained a monk in 1974, he eventually became
director of training at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and resident teacher at a
small Zen center in San Diego before putting aside his robes in 1982 to pursue
a master’s degree in psychology — and a more ordinary life.
From 1984 to 1994 he was editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal, an award-winning
magazine devoted to yoga, meditation, and holistic health. His books include
Timeless Visions, Healing Voices, a collection of interviews of prominent
visionaries and healers; Living Yoga (with Georg Feuerstein), an anthology of
articles from Yoga Journal; and Buddhism For Dummies (with Jon Landaw), a
comprehensive, user-friendly introduction to one of the world’s great spiritual traditions.
For more information on Stephan’s workshops, retreats, and phone counseling and coaching services, visit his Web site (www.stephanbodian.org).

Dedication
This book is dedicated to the great meditation masters and teachers in every
culture and age, who continue to show us the way through their wise and
compassionate example; and to you, dear reader: May the practice of meditation bring you the peace, health, and happiness you seek!

Dedication
This book is dedicated to the great meditation masters and teachers in every
culture and age, who continue to show us the way through their wise and
compassionate example; and to you, dear reader: May the practice of meditation bring you the peace, health, and happiness you seek!

Author’s Acknowledgments
I’d like to express my appreciation to the colleagues, teachers, and friends
who contributed to the creation of this book: my agent, Carol Susan Roth, for
sending the project my way; my Acquisitions Editor for the first edition,
Tammerly Booth, whose enthusiasm for the project never flagged; my Project
Editor for the first edition, Melba Hopper, keen-eyed yet always diplomatic;
Mikal Belicove, my Acquisitions Editor for the second edition, for agreeing
that the book would indeed be enriched by an instructional CD; the other
people who helped make the second edition possible, especially Acqusitions
Editor Mike Lewis, Project Editor Elizabeth Kuball, and Technical Editor Anna
Douglas.
I’d like to offer my special thanks to: Dean Ornish, M.D., whose pioneering
research has helped to change the face of modern medicine, for so graciously
providing the foreword; technical advisor Eleanor Criswell, Ed.D., professor
of psychology at Sonoma State University, who has generously supported and
critiqued my work over the years; Rick Shiner, old friend and recording engineer extraordinaire, for producing the CD; Doug and Sandy McMaster, whose
heartful music (with the sounds of Hawaii’s Hanalei Bay in the background)
make my words so much more enjoyable to hear.
I’ve had the inestimable good fortune to study with some great meditation
teachers, without whom this book would never have been written. Any
wisdom that shines through these pages has been kindled by their patient
instruction. Deep bows especially to Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Kobun Chino
Otogawa Roshi; to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Drubwang Tsoknyi
Rinpoche; to my beloved “root teacher,” Jean Klein, who pointed directly to
the heart of meditation; and to Adyashanti, through whose loving words and
lucid presence the Buddha finally awakened to himself!
I would also like to thank the other Western writers and teachers whose work
has inspired and informed my own: Joan Borysenko, Pema Chodron, Jon
Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Joel Levey, Stephen Levine, Byron Katie Rolle, and
Suzanne Segal.
On a day-to-day level, I relied on the love and support of my friends and
family. Barbara Green listened lovingly, helped ease my worried mind, and
provided indispensable material comfort; Katie Darling buoyed my spirits
when they sagged; my Thursday morning group (heart friends all) offered
spiritual and emotional sustenance; Caroline Palden Alioto gave friendshp
and wise counsel; and John Prendergast (who encouraged me to do the book
when I had my doubts) and old Zen buddy Roy Wiskar read portions of the
manuscript and provided useful and supportive feedback. Thank you, thank
you, to each and every one!


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