Meditation in Action

BOOK: Meditation in Action, by Chögyam Trungpa

This is a classic on Buddhist meditation by Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa. He teaches that meditation is based on trying to see what is, rather than trying to achieve a higher mental or physical state. In a very short read, Trungpa describes the life of the Buddha in very simple terms, emphasizing that, like the Buddha, we must find the truth for ourselves, rather than following someone else’s example.

Another important takeaway from the book is that meditation extends beyond the formal practice of sitting to every part of your life. The key is to develop mindfulness and the six activities associated with meditation in action – generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom. This is not a “how-to” book on seated meditation. However, if you want to build a foundation of heightened awareness, then this book is a good start.

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA.


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