The Buddha’s training in conduct, meditation and understanding
I. Learning How to Meditate
An Introduction to Meditation – an introduction to how to meditate.
Establishing a Physical Posture for Meditation – a guide on how to sit comfortably for meditation.
Establishing a Mental Posture for Meditation – a procedure for bringing the mind into the present moment for meditation.
Breath Meditation – how to use the breath as your object of meditation.
More Meditation Techniques – additional meditation techniques to support the development of concentration and tranquility.
Problems While Meditating – a list of common problems that arise in meditation and suggested antidotes.
Metta and the Brahma Viharas – a description of formal loving-kindness meditation, as well as the other “brahma viharas”: compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.
Additional Aids in Meditation – additional tools to aid in establishing concentration and tranquility as well as some comments on bringing the practice into everyday life
Chanting – using traditional Buddhist chants to facilitate your practice
II. Right View/Right Understanding
What the Buddha Taught – Sources for the Buddha’s teachings
The Life of the Buddha – The Buddha’s journey as a model for our own practice.
The Four Noble Truths – The first of the Buddha’s teachings after his awakening.
Virtue, Ethics and Morality – The five lay precepts.
Karma – Understanding the law of karma.
Dependent Co-arising – Understanding the law of causation.
The Three Characteristics – The three aspects of all experience.