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Establishing a practice of studying dharma (wisdom) books is essential to a healthy meditation practice.

Meditation is about creating space in the mind and observing -- versus being stuck to, or identified with -- thought and emotional patterns.

An untrained mind tends to be filled with negative and fearful content -- focusing on the past and worrying about the future. These loops repeat inside us and are endlessly encouraged by negative, fearful input from the environment around us.

Creating a study practice is a way to nourish, protect and inspire the mind, to intentionally feed it sources of wisdom and compassion.

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Young monks reading a book at Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay,MStudy Tips

1. Make it a practice. Select an amount of time you will study daily.
2. Create a study space you like to be in.
3. Sit up straight when you study so you digest the material better.
4. Each day re-read a minimum of five pages you read yesterday and five new pages.
5. Study one book at a time on a particular subject and work to have quality, not quantity.
6. Have a notebook alongside to take notes.

Actual books in hand communicate something that is lost through a Kindle, just like writing with a pen and paper is different than typing on a computer.

What does Dharma mean?

Dharma is a Sanskrit word that has many meanings, most often, teaching, way, path. It is the cosmic order and law that informs all levels of existence. Also refers to "right way of living." Not right vs. wrong, but right as in living in alignment with the natural wisdom of a given situation.

The teachings are the coffee for the mind.
- Ma Devaki

I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself.
- G.I. Gurdjieff