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Concentration and Meditation by Christmas Humphreys

Concentration and Meditation by Christmas Humphreys

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Concentration andMeditation
Christmas Humphreys
(c) Christmas Humphreys 1968First published in 1968 by Stuart & WatkinsThis edition published in 1987 by Element Books LtdLongmead, Shaftesbury, DorsetSecond impression 1987All rights reservedPrinted in Great Britain by BillingsHylton Road, WorcesterCover illustration: Circle - Tibetan calligraphyby Ngakpa ChogyamCover design by Humphrey StoneBritish Library Cataloguing in Publication DataHumphreys, ChristmasConcentration & meditation: a manualof mind development.1. Meditation (Buddhism)I. Title294-3'443 BQ5612
IT is now many years since I began to draft the materialwhich was first published by the Buddhist Society as
Con-centration and Meditation,
and I am asked by Mr GeoffreyWatkins who, at his father's famous shop in Cecil Court,sold the first copies, to make what corrections I wish fora new edition. He has helped me greatly in this task.The genesis of the book explains one feature of it. Therewas at the time a sudden spate of books on 'mind-develop-ment' of every kind which had one aim in common, toenable the practitioner to score off his rivals, in business,love or social climbing, to show off his alleged newpowers and, generally speaking, to inflate his ego at theexpense of those about him.But there is a law as old as man to the effect that hewho acquires the least advantage over his fellow men bythe development of his own indwelling faculties must usethem solely for the advantage of those fellow men, andnever for himself alone. The law is utterly impersonal,and the penalty for disobedience is at least the loss of powers gained and, if the wrong course be pursued, whatseems to be a shrivelling up of the mind which makes thesufferer the pity of his friends. One cannot thereforeover-estimate the importance of right motive in anyattempt at spiritual development. Hence the emphasis

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