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Weiss, longtime Buddhist meditation student and teacher, offers an excellent 10-week course on meditation, its meanings and its applications. With clarity, kindness and care he forges a cohesive whole from many "handouts" he has created over the years to teach sitting meditation and walking, meditation. Emphasizing the need to take mindful awareness into everyday life, Weiss, who is an ordained brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, highlights many mindfulness opportunities for modern people: facing cancer, washing dishes, walking to and flushing the toilet, exercising and waiting at red lights. While true to Buddhist principles, the book is gloriously free of the jargon that can alienate the average person. Weiss begins at the beginning, with posture and, most importantly, breath. Over the sequenced 10-week program, practitioners gain meditation and awareness basics and also explore mindfulness in their own bodies, feelings and mental processes. Weeks nine and 10 look at loving kindness (metta) and healing breathing to address the suffering of others (tonglin). Each chapter has formal and informal "Home Play" activities that extend the lessons into daily life, while a final section on "how to continue" and an annotated reading list increase the volume's usefulness. Weiss's voice is authentic, yet flavored with the sensibilities of Thich Nhat Hanh, known for his accessible, gentle, concentrated abilities to communicate the essence of mindfulness, especially to beginners.
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I have not read this yet, but plan to. Want to read it when I have the time to devote to it. Was recommended to me by a very knowledgeable lady in meditation. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Margaret Hoppus
This book clarifies and simplifies what has been taught by different philiosopies an religions for centuries. It provides guidance and sound explanations by experienced people-Published on April 18, 2012 by Imarim
Regrettably, I have lived like most people for a large part of my 72 years. The last 35 years however, I have been trying to re-invent myself. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Bill McLean
I knew nothing about meditation before purchasing this book. I knew it would be helpful for me to reduce stress and improve my concentration. Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by BuddingWriter
This book has a lot of great ideas for ways to practice mindfulness. You don't need to know a lot about the theory of mindfulness to benefit from the exercises in this book and... Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Wolfie