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Mindfulness in Plain English Paperback – Special Edition, September 6, 2011
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If you'd like to read about meditation and then go back to your regular life, don't get this book. Henepola Gunaratana, a monk from Sri Lanka and venerated teacher of Buddhism, warns us that vipassana meditation is "meant to revolutionize the whole of your life experience." In one of the best nuts-and-bolts meditation manuals, he lays out the fundamentals of basic Buddhist meditation, the how, what, where, when, and why, including common problems and how to deal with them. His 52 years as a Buddhist monk make Mindfulness in Plain English an authority on a living tradition, and his years of teaching in America and elsewhere give it the clarity and straightforwardness that has made it so popular. If you'd like to learn the practice of meditation, you can't do better. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A masterpiece." (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
"A classic--one of the very best English sources for authoritative explanations of mindfulness." (Daniel Goleman)
"Of great value to newcomers... especially people without access to a teacher." (Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath)
"This book is the bible of mindfulness." (Barry Boyce, editor of Mindful magazine and The Mindfulness Revolution)
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"Profound...a classic interpretation of Vipassana meditation practice." (The Middle Way)
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Further, your understanding of how to structure your meditation practice will improve throughout as he discusses things to do before, how to deal with restlessness, and numerous other issues certain to come up. I tried to start meditating before I read all of the book and felt awkward and uncertain. Having finished the book, I feel more prepared and know what I can expect from my practice. Even the added epilogue contains some extremely valuable wisdom for practicing mindfulness and loving friendliness in your daily life, not just "on the cushion".
If you want to see the positive changes in your life that mindfulness can afford but aren't sure where to begin, start here.
NOTE: I used the Kindle version and found this edition to be excellent on the iPad, as you can quickly flip to different chapters as you may need them for your meditation practice. I highly recommend it for the lower price and extra utility.
However, I just relaxed and started to read and absorb the subject. Within reading a few pages, it was so enlightening and just what my mind needed. I'm in sales with over 100 accounts with lots of multi-tasting required to be sucessful. It's teaching me to think clearer. But more important,
teaching me to enjoy life more.
Even though I've been "involved with" different kinds of yoga for decades this book had so many brand new insights and ideas that sometimes I'd read a single sentence and then close the book and think about it the whole day.
Thanks to this book (and also Larry Rosenberg's "Breath by Breath" which is another must read) I started to meditate regularly again. There are passages in this book that you cannot just keep on reading. You have to stop, chew it for a while and digest it before moving on. Has tons of practical tips for meditators like what to do when your legs start to hurt or go asleep.
I must mention that I also loved the way the author introduced a bird's eye view of different concentration techniques that other traditions practice all over the world, from Christian prayers to Zen sitting.
The author's authoritative summary in a nutshell made many disparate facts that I carried for all these years in my head settle down to a single coherent picture for which I'm grateful. After all is said and done, it's all about concentration and the state of mindfulness that is made possible by such intense concentration. This volume must be in every meditator's bookshelf.
Also recommended: Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Classics)