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Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity Paperback – Large Print, December 28, 2012

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Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with seven years of accumulated silent retreat experience, and has been teaching since 1996 in the USA, India, Israel, England, and New Zealand. Shaila studied at the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies in England and dedicated six years to studying with masters in India, Nepal, and Thailand including H. W. L. Poonja, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay. She lives in Menlo Park, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; Large Print 16 pt edition (December 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458783642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458783646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,316,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came to Shaila's book after 15-plus years of daily Buddhist meditation and I have to say that using this book is transforming my practice in ways I would never have imagined. I think a lot of us out there have either never heard of this approach or always assumed it was just for those "enlightened monastic types." Shaila makes it accessible, clear, and delightfully possible for us all. She is an amazing writer who has obviously really done this work herself in great depth. I especially love how she conveys the great joy that can arise from spiritual work.

One of my favorite phrases, which is on a yellow sticky on my wall: "Loving diligence is stronger than the tense shell of striving." This gives you a sense of what a treat you're in for: don't miss this book!
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For those interested in learning about and ultimately attaining the jhanas, particularly as based in the Abhidhamma, Focused and Fearless is an indispensable read. Those new to this practice will find Shaila's descriptions remarkably illuminating, her clear and spacious writing style mirroring the very nature of the jhanic experience. And having devoted several years to Pa Auk Sayadaw's method, including eight months in Asian monasteries, I can say that even for experienced practitioners there is much wisdom and useful advice to be gleaned from this book. I give it my highest recommendation.
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Not an easy subject yet reading the book makes things more understood. Very well explained. Things I felt are now much more clear. I read it slowly to "digest" each word. As Shaila wrote in her book, practicing Jhanas should be done with a teacher or guide or in a retreat.
Highly recommended for those on who practice.
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