- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Samuel Weiser (June 1, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877280738
- ISBN-13: 978-0877280736
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipatthna: A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness Paperback – June 1, 1973
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So opens this humble mastepiece of a book written with great depth, extraordinary knowledge, profound humanity, and in a style that is simple and direct. If the reader is looking for "The" definitive book on how to correctly practice meditation in all its subtle detail, be he Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Sufi-Muslim, Taoist, or even Buddhist, this is "that" book. Period.
The heart of the book takes place in the six opening chapters wherein the great German scholar monk, Nyanaponika Thera, opens petal by petal the immense scope of the Buddha's "Way of Mindfulness" for those seeking instruction on how to obtain insight and wisdom in this lifetime. Each chapter builds up to the next, explaining and further elucidating the subtle insights which make up the Buddha's far-reaching and incomparable teachings.
For the experienced meditator who has never practiced Vipassana meditation, this book will open your eyes to the vast landscape of emptiness which you have been seeking all these years. For the uninitiated seeker taking his first steps in the art of meditation, it will be a valued primer in the art of true mental training. Practicing real mindfulness in one's everyday activities is not an easy endeavor. It takes constant application and sustained effort on the part of the practitioner in order to obtain the real benefits of the practice.Read more ›
This book is divided into three parts: (1) Nyanaponika Thera's own essay on Insight Meditation, (2) a translation of the Maha Satipatthana Sutta from the Pali canon, and (3) a collection of traditional commentaries from both the Pali canon and the Mahayana tradition. It is intended not to advocate Buddhism as a religion, but rather to explain the activity of Insight Meditation, and to explain the virtue developed by Insight Meditation, as well as the action performed by one who has acquired it, Right Mindfulness.
Of particular interest is the first section, Nyanaponika Thera's own essay on Right Mindfulness. This has all the detail of an Aristotelian treatise, discussing the function, the nature, and the efficient cause of Right Mindfulness, breaking it down through a detailed analysis that empowers one to read the following Sutta and commentaries for oneself, as part of one's own meditation practice, without relying on others for interpretation. This book will be of primary interest to anyone who is practicing Insight Meditation, whether or not he/she is Buddhist. It will also be of interest to anyone curious about the nature of Buddhist awakening and the means to that end.
The author devotes a section of his essay specifically to the Burmese tradition of Insight Meditation.Read more ›
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No doubt that Ven. Nyanaponika is a person of many virtues and best intentions. However, him living alone without any students shows in this book in a way that while it sounds... Read morePublished 18 months ago by matt
I DO NOT WISH TO RETURN THID PRODUCY. Never EVEN RECIEVED IT.Published 19 months ago by James M. Horchler
One of the better books of explaining the nitty gritty of Satipatthana. Recommended to all who interested in this meditation practice.Published 20 months ago by chaostheory_69
This truly is the heart of Meditation. Pay close attention and make sure you understand the terms used or you will miss the point of the book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by ashli edwards
Harder to read than The Heart of Buddha's Teaching. It read more like a textbook. I just read a small section at a time. I'm glad I bought it.Published on April 20, 2013 by John
There is a wealth of thought in the book.Getting at the essense of that thinking takes a bit of discipline. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Mark B. Waltermire
The Buddha's instructions for mindfulness meditation, together with and explanatory essay by Nyanaponika Thera, and some additional texts from the canon.Published on February 26, 2013 by Jones