- Series: The Great Courses
- Audio CD
- Publisher: The Teaching Company; DVD and Book edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598037919
- ISBN-13: 978-1598037937
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Courses: Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Audio CD – 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I have attempted meditation over the years and find it boring, annoying and hard to fit in to a busy schedule. I hoped that this course could motivate me. It was moderately effective, I added practice sessions based on the insights and potential personal gains Dr. Muesse provided.
I do not think this will be offensive to most Christians, though the frequent use of Buddhist insights might rub some conservatives the wrong way. Dr Muesse is neither Buddhist nor Christian and is careful to separate his emotional and intellectual insights from any religious beliefs.
For the most part, mainstream Americans will not bridle at this essentially Buddhist psychology journey. However, sometimes it becomes very Zen - I still do not understand how 'You' can only be happy if 'You' realize that there is no 'You.' He may not have said that, I really don't know what he was getting at, the sound of one hand clapping perhaps.
I give Dr. Muesse five stars, the course four stars, down one for excess length, but I'll round up to five stars and say I'm glad I listened!
Once I started introducing new habits based on this course, my life changed. This course was actually a base for my research on Habits and Happiness and it helped me tremendously to complete my book. Not only did I use the material from the course in my book, but I applied the knowledge and practice that helped me be mindful throughout the entire process of writing and finally publishing my work.
I highly recommend this course. If you implement even one single practice from this course your life will change for better. I guarantee it.
Braco Pobric, author of Habits and Happiness: How to Become Happier and Improve Your Wellbeing by Changing Your Habits
For me, the main differences between the classroom and video course were 1) the interaction with other students and the instructor in the classroom, and 2) the instructor for the video course isn't very dynamic; I thought he was a bit stiff and rather mono-toned, and seemed to drone on rather than get you excited about the subject.
Dr. Mark Muesse draws on thirty years of teaching, a Harvard Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion, a specialty in Asian faiths, and experience in meditating in various traditions of Buddhism for many years. He enlivens his approach to what may seem to the newcomer musty thoughts or flimsy concepts with casual but relevant references to George Carlin and George H.W. Bush, Target and Starbucks, airport security and road rage, to make his points clear. This overlaps basic tenets attributed to the teaching of the Buddha with an understanding of how they relate to us nowadays.
His style is folksy but erudite, as his Texas accent softens and may even slow somewhat his delivery. But I learned to like his voice, and the pace helps me take in better his advice, rather than listening to the romanticized expectations a more, say, British or Eastern accented timbre might convey. He takes you, as the ToC shows, through understanding and then applying mindfulness (and meditation, but it's a broader approach here advocated and inculcated, as eating, driving, and facing dying all enter the wider scope of lecture topics) to daily activity, on and off the meditation cushion.
He handles the three main teachings in Buddhism, of no-self (anatman), impermanence (anicca) and dukkha ("pain" or "suffering" as often rendered but I prefer unease, dissatisfaction, out-of-joint). For this last concept, Muesse makes a striking phrase.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful teacher & perfect course content for a beginning meditator.Published 4 months ago by T. K.
Meditation, Mindfulness, MindBody Healing, Yoga and Intuition require exact techniques that can be individualized with simple, direct and proven techniques. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beauty is more than skin deep
Excellent course on mindfulness. The lessons are each 30 minutes and easy to follow. Would recommend for anyone who is interested in learning mindfulness meditation practices.Published 10 months ago by Marcia L. McCormick
I purchased the DVD version of this program, rather than the audio version, as I do with all of the courses I purchase from The Great Courses. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nathanael Greene
Excellent book! Excellent condition. This book was practically brand new. Thanks!Published 15 months ago by NMS
FANTASTIC. I just finished the last lesson and cried that it was over. I learned so much and am very grateful to the Professor. He really knows his subject. Read morePublished 17 months ago by periwinkle