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The Meditation Process: Raja Yoga and Buddhist Shamatha by Lyle Olson is an engaging book that deals with the study of the concentration meditation process for intermediate and beginning meditators. Meditation is not only a tool for liberation but it is also a way of self-discovery on all levels. The concentration meditation practice in the book draws its techniques from the traditions of Raja Yoga and Buddhist Shamata. The book emphasizes the importance of being practical; concentration meditation requires longer sitting sessions when compared to other types of meditation and the book educates readers with the different types of postures, breathing, Dharana, and everything associated with the process of meditation.
The Meditation Process by Lyle Olson is a handy manual for readers who want to understand yoga and meditation and start practicing. The topic has been dealt with extensively and expansively, giving readers good information on concentration meditation techniques and how to make Dhyana possible. It is a good book for beginners to understand the nuances of meditation, breathing techniques, yoga postures, and other interesting facts associated with the concentration meditation process. The approach is neat and simple, thereby making it easy to practice. The entire process of Jhapa and Dhyana has been explained well and the author's experience and years of practice make the book real and palpable. The Meditation Process can be read many times and is a good book for those who want to get into the practice of meditation and develop primary skills. The black and white pictures are useful to understand the meditative traditions, multiple traditions, and sources.