my experience I found that the most effective way to
express something in order to make others understand
is to use the simplest language. Also I learned from
teaching that the more rigid the language the less effective
it is. People to not respond to very stern and rigid
language especially when we try to teach something which
normally people don't engage in during their daily life.
Meditation appears to them as something that they cannot
always do. As more people turn to meditation, they need
more simplified instructions so they can practice by
themselves without a teacher around. This book is the
result of requests made by many meditators who need
a very simple book written in ordinary colloquial language.
preparing this book I have been helped by many of my
friends. I am deeply grateful to all of them. Especially
I would like to express my deepest appreciation and
sincere gratitude to John Patticord, Daniel J. Olmsted,
Matthew Flickstein, Carol Flickstein, Patrick Hamilton,
Genny Hamilton, Bill Mayne, Bhikkhu Dang Pham Jotika
and Bhikkhu Sona for their most valuable suggestions,
comments and criticisms of numerous points in preparing
this book. Also thanks to Reverend Sister Sama and Chris
O'Keefe for their support in production efforts.
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