5 Further resources

In starting meditation practice all we need is an open mind and a willingness to give it a good try. And this is so as we continue practice. Some people find it helpful to have a bit more background information – if this is true for you, here are a few additional sources:

Sitting Buddha, by Rev Master Daishin Morgan, former Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, gives a short introduction to Zen Buddhism and sitting meditation (zazen) as practised at Throssel Hole. Buddhist Abbey. Downloadable free on https://throssel.org.uk/sitting-buddha-book/

Buddhism From Within: an intuitive introduction to Buddhism,  Shasta Abbey Press  2003, offers Rev Master Daizui MacPhillamy’s unique perspective on Buddhism and Buddhist practice.  He was head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives from 1996 – 2003. Downloadable free on: https://shastaabbey.org/pdf/BuddhismFromWithin.pdf , and can also be purchased as a paperback on https://www.lulu.com/search?q=buddhism+from+within&adult_audience_rating=00 for £7.55 plus postage.

An issue focusing on meditation, of the Journal of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Spring 2020, comprises a range of articles on meditation (zazen / serene reflection meditation) with links to further resources. Downloadable free on https://journal.obcon.org/past-issues/the-spring-2020-meditation-journal/

Various downloadable Dharma talks are available from the Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey website on https://throssel.org.uk/dharma-talks/ See particularly the tabs  ‘introductory’ and ‘general’.