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Books on meditation and yoga

The articles at this website (except for "Aging and Yoga") are excerpts from the following books by Khun Reinhard. They are not available in bookshops. If you are interested, you can order them as e-book by e-mail at:
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An Engineer Turned Meditation Teacher - 20 years fas­ci­nated by Suan Mokkh

MedBook-De A career of a different kind. This book de­scribes my trans­formation from a well-­paid engineer in Germany to an unpaid med­i­ta­tion teacher in Thai­land and at the same time takes a look behind the scene of the In­ter­na­tional Dharma Hermitage, better known as Suan Mokkh In­ter­na­tional, a re­nowned and very popular Buddhist med­i­ta­tion centre in Southeast Asia.

Buddhism, meditation, exotic cultures, par­a­dis­iacal sur­round­ings, lovely people, a re­mar­riage but also having had cancer twice has in­flu­enced this process of change between the years 1995 and 2015 deci­sive­ly.

26 photos, graphics and tables illus­trate my living conditions at the retreat centre.

Many people par­tic­i­pat­ing in a med­ita­tion retreat for the first time have only vague, some even wrong ideas re­gard­ing medi­tation, its objec­tives and the way to reach them. This book aims at eliminating mis­under­stand­ings re­gard­ing the meditative de­vel­op­ment and illus­trates ex­em­plar­ily which de­vel­op­ment lay people can experience after long years of practice.

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CONTENTS
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Introduction
A scenic view in the Him­a­layas and a tropical night in Goa 8
First meditation retreats at the In­ter­na­tional Dharma Hermitage 12
Tempted by Suan Mokkh 29
Six months at Suan Mokkh 33
Back in Germany 44
Further mental and body development 47
Four months at Suan Mokkh 47
Sri Lanka and India 66
Aging, sickness and death 73
Insights on the sickbed 76
As geriatric nurse in Germany 104


CONTENTS (continued)
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Coordinator at the In­ter­na­tional Dharma Hermitage 106
New developments 140
Résumé 147
Literature and links 155
Acknowledgements 160

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Introduction to Buddhism and to Buddhist Meditation

MedBook-En This book is the result of my studies and prac­tice of Bud­dhism and medi­tation, especially of the teachings of Ven­er­able Buddhadasa Bhik­khu, of listening to talks given by other monks and nuns, of my experiences during the many retreats I have taken care of at the Inter­national Dharma Hermitage of Wat Suan Mokkh, at Dipa­bhavan Medi­tation Centre on Koh Samui and Wat Khao Santi in Hua Hin (all located in Thai­land), and of the numerous books I have read about related topics on eastern and western phi­los­ophy and other, spir­i­tu­al­ity con­cern­ing matters.

The basics of the Buddhist theory and med­ita­tion prac­tices are explained in eight chap­ters each. The emphasis in the theory part is on the Four Noble Truths while the Four Foun­dations of Mind­fulness are the focus in the chapters about med­ita­tion.

Included is a detailed explanation of the Wheel of Life (De­pend­ent Orig­ination), a descrip­tion of the Noble Eight­fold Path or the Middle Way and expla­na­tions about the med­ita­tion tech­niques: Mind­ful­ness with breath­ing (Anapanasati), Insight- or Vipassana- Med­ita­tion, Loving Kind­ness Med­ita­tion and about mind­ful­ness in everyday life.

The chapters concerning the first two of the Four Noble Truths are very close to a series of three talks given by Tan Dham­ma­vidu, an English monk, during the monthly med­ita­tion retreats at Wat Suan Mokkh in Thailand.

The present publication contains, partly improved and arranged dif­fer­ently, all the information given in my previous book Why meditate? Additionally some brief information about the historical life of the Buddha, the development of different Buddhist schools and more detailed med­ita­tion in­struc­tions are pro­vid­ed here.

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CONTENTS
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Introduction
PART I – DHAMMA TALKS 11
Day 1 Orientation talk 12
Day 2 What is Bud­dhism? – Basics (I) 16
Historical over­view 16
Teachings – over­view 20
Day 3 Why meditate? 32
Day 4 Basics (II) 40
The meaning of the term Dhamma 40
Two kinds of lan­guage 53
The Five ag­gre­gates 46
Day 5 The 1st Noble Truth 55
Forms of Dukkha 56
What turns life into Dukkha? 60
Common ways to escape from Dukkha 63
Day 6 The 2nd Noble Truth 70
The 12 links of De­pend­ent Orig­ination 73
The realms of existence 101
Other features of The Wheel of Life 107
Day 7 The 3rd and 4th Noble Truth 110
Wisdom 112
Morality 113
Konzentration 115
Techniques aimed at end­ing spiritual suf­fer­ing 117
Day 8 Meditation in daily life 124
Formal Meditation 124
Daily activities 127
One activity at a time 130
Changes in attitude 132
CONTENTS (continued)
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PART II – MEDITATION IN­STRUC­TION 139
Day 1 Getting started 140
Meditation postures 140
Basic meditation in­struc­tion 145
Day 2 The Four Foun­da­tions of Mind­ful­ness (I) 152
Anapanasati – Mind­ful­ness with breath­ing (I) 153
Day 3 The Four Foun­da­tions of Mind­ful­ness (II) 159
Anapanasati – Mind­ful­ness with breath­ing (II) 159
Day 4 The Four Foun­da­tions of Mind­ful­ness (III) 165
Awareness of bodily sen­sa­tions 165
Day 5 The Four Foun­da­tions of Mind­ful­ness (IV) 168
Mindfulness – Con­cen­tra­tion 168
Awareness in eve­ry­day ac­tiv­i­ties 169
Day 6 Vipassana (In­sight) med­i­ta­tion 173
Day 7 Loving kindness med­i­ta­tion 179
Day 8 Obstacles to med­i­ta­tion prac­tice 186
Literature 193
About the Author 199

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Enjoy Hatha Yoga – 2nd Edition

YogaBook-En YogaBas-En
Yoga Exercise Sequence       
This book is intended for people with nor­mal health for their ages. Most exercises taught in this A 5 size book­let are easy to learn and to prac­tice, suit­able for beginners and seniors.
Beginners will develop their skills and become inter­ested in more chal­leng­ing tech­niques. The present 2nd Edition has been enlarged by some ex­er­cis­es and sequences suit­able to advance fur­ther on the path of yoga.
All exercises are described in much detail, sup­port­ed by more than 100 informative graphics.

It is sensible to pick some ex­er­cis­es out of the large number avail­able and arrange them in an evenly balanced se­quence to train the entire body with­out strain­ing it unevenly. Three dif­fer­ent se­quenc­es are intro­duced. These series may be altered according to personal likes or restrictions.

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CONTENTS
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FOREWORD vi 
INTRODUCTION 7
EXERCISES – ASANAS 10
Relaxation postures and tran­si­tions 11
Relaxation while lying on the back 11
Relaxation while lying on the front 11
Transition from lying on the back to a sitt­ing posture 12
Standing postures 13
Standing postures – over­view 13
Mountain posture – basic stand­ing posture 14
Neck and throat 15
Shoulders (I) (dynamic) 16
Shoulders (II) (cow face) 16
Body stretch 17
Tree (I) 17
Triangle   = for advanced students 18
Backward bend 18
Forward bend 19
Standing sequence 20
Warrior II 20
Twisted lunge 21
Simple extended side angle stretch 21
Revolved side angle posture 22
Extended side angle stretch 23
Kneeling sequence 24
Lunge posture 24
Balancing low lunge 24
Crescent lunge or crescent moon posture 25
Prayer twist 25
Spinal twist – standing 27
Hip rotation 27
Tree (II) 27
Loosening joints and muscles of the legs, balancing exercise 28
Sun salutation 29
Sun salutation – overview 29
Basic variation 30
Easy variation 33
Postures while lying on the back 35
Supine postures – overview 35
Unsupported bridge 36
Shoulder stand – partly for ad­vanced students 37
Plough 38
Fish 39
Penknife – partly for ad­vanced students 40
Dough stirring 42
Rowing the boat 43
Nose to the knee 43


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CONTENTS (continued)
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Postures while lying on the front 45
Prone postures – overview 45
Diagonal arm and leg lifting 46
Cobra 46
Locust 47
Camel    = for advanced students 48
Bow posture 49
Child's or Hare pose 49
Simple pigeon posture se­quence 51
Downward facing dog 51
One-legged downward facing dog 51
Downward facing or sleep­ing pigeon posture 52
Supported pigeon posture 53
Cow Face Pose 53
Complete pigeon posture se­quence 54
Downward facing dog 54
One-legged downward facing dog 54
Supported pigeon posture 55
Pigeon posture 55
Half pigeon posture 56
Downward facing or sleeping pigeon posture 56
Cow face pose 57
Following the prone postures 58
On hands and knees (I) 58
On hands and knees (II) 58
Spinal twist – lying on the back 59
Sitting postures 61
Sitting postures – overview 61
Spinal twist (I) – sitting 62
Spinal twist (II) – sitting 65
Butterfly (I) 63
Exercises for groin and hips 64
Burmese sitting forward bend 65
Butterfly (II) 65
Final relaxation 66
BREATHING AND BREATHING EXERCISES 67
Physiology of respiration 67
Complete yoga-breath­ing 72
Literature - respiration 77
Coordination of breath­ing and bodily move­ments 78
Welcome 78
Hands stretch breath­ing 79
Ankle / Body stretch breath­ing 80
Tiger breath­ing 80
Unsupported bridge – breath­ing ex­cer­cise 81
Straight leg raising breath­ing 81
Nose to the knee – breath­ing ex­er­cise 82
Diagonal arm and leg lifting 83
Spinal twist – lying on the back 83
EXERCISE SEQUENCES 85
Basic series 87
Easy series 88
Advanced series 89