The Theory and Practice of Meditation | Himalayan Institute

The Theory and Practice of Meditation

Swami Rama
edited by Rudolph Ballentine, MD

Available again after many years, this classic collection of essays shares valuable insights into the nature and dynamics of meditation. The contributors to this volume, some of the best-versed scholars and health professionals in their fields, are unique in that they not only excel in their knowledge, but also in their efforts to integrate the principles they have learned and taught into their own lives. Their penetrating reflections convey a well-rounded understanding of meditation as a systematic path to achieve mental and emotional well-being and self-realization.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1976, Current printing 2014
ISBN: 978-0-893890759
162 pages
5.5" x 8.5"

Self-Help / Inspiration

About the Authors:

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. He traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages. Swami Rama also received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States. His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

Rudolph Ballentine, MD is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, with specialty training in psychiatry. He establised the Center for Holistic Medicine in six cities, As its director for 25 years, he offered an integrative approach to treatment, using psychotherapy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, yoga, movement, and meditation. He also served as the president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. Author of a number of books, including the classic Diet and Nutrition, he is now retired and lives in the Carolinas, where he practices and teaches permaculture and tantra.

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