New in our online store

We’ve recently added some new items to our online meditation supplies store. Much of what we sell would make great Christmas presents, and if you’d like to support the work we do in promoting meditation, please consider making a purchase. (If you wonder why we sell things at all, you can read our previous post, “Compassionate Commerce,” or read about “Buddha Bob” and his beauteous beads).

For those of a devotional bent, we have a selection of Buddha pendants in our jewelry section. The one illustrated is the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who is a symbol of compassion.

His mantra — Om Mani Padme Hum — is the most popular in the Buddhist world and is the best-known in the west.

We also have pendants representing the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, as well as Green Tara, Manjushri, and the great guru of Tibet, Padmasambhava.

Incense is traditionally a part of Buddhist meditation and ritual. The powerful evocative effect of incense can help us shift our concerns away from our anxieties and cares, and allow us to focus inwards.

Incense is also symbolic: just as the smoke of the incense does not remain in the meditation room, but wafts further and further into the world, so our practice is taken into the world, affecting every relationship we have, and ultimately affecting the whole world. This Mañjushri incense is made from traditional medicinal herbs, and is of very fine quality.

This travel protection amulet provides a very tangible connection with Tibet: it contains a seed blessed by the Tibetan State Oracle. The State Oracle is traditionally consulted on major political and social issues, and is believed to be a deity which expresses itself through a human being — traditionally the head of the Nechung monastery. Whether or not you believe in mystical communication from the protector deities of Tibet, this amulet is an attractive piece of ethnic craft, and helps support traditional Tibetan artisans.

The final new item we’d like to highlight is Jack Kornfield’s excellent “Meditation for Beginners.” Jack Kornfield, a former monk and founder of the Insight Meditation Society, shows you how simple it is to start—and stick with—a daily meditation practice. Kornfield’s teaching is simple, direct, humorous, and very accessible to westerners. This softcover book and CD introduces six guided meditations to help you discover how easy it is to use your breath, physical sensations—and even difficult emotions—to create tranquility and loving kindness in your everyday life.

Of course this is just a small selection of the new items we’ve recently added to our store, and you can check out the full listing here.

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