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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)
"Wonderfully clear and straightforward." (Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace)
"Pithy and practical." (Shambhala Sun)
"Jargon-free." (USA Today)
"Among the very best." (Tricycle)
"A classic." (Inquiring Mind)
"Profound...a classic interpretation of Vipassana meditation practice." (The Middle Way)
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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.
This is not a step-by-step "Meditation for Dummies" book that simply tells us to sit and stare. Rather, the book provides a gentle introduction into the entire mindset involved. You can see that from the very first chapter - "Meditation: Why Bother?" The book takes a down to earth approach. It's like sitting down with a good friend over tea and having a relaxed talk about everything. Meditation isn't just staring at a wall. It's not necessarily easy! It takes some perseverance - but the rewards are well worth it.
He explains that it's not about one particular pose. The poses are simply ones many people find can help them - but if your body doesn't allow one, that's fine! Use a pose that works well for you. We are all different. Be patient, observe, and relax. Your mind is going to swirl - that's ok. Gently release those swirls and let your mind settle again. When those normal distractions come up, use them to help you build your skills. The book provides great advice on dealing with these and with the tiny aches that might come along. These practices help you immensely in daily life, too! And that's one of the benefits of meditation - learning to handle all those ups and downs that life is all about.
I enjoy this book immensely and actively recommend it to friends. Yes, it provides great information on "how" to meditate. But it goes so much deeper into why meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in each life. It helps us take stock of this life we're in, realize how impermanent our life is, and to appreciate what we have each day. Everything is always changing. Nothing stays the same. To cling to the way things are is an exercise in futility. The more we can breathe in what we have, and look forward to what comes next, the better our health, well being, and life.
Recently, I thought meditation could help me again but I wanted something different from it.
This book helped me see my previous mistakes, both in thinking and in practice.
It also gives a better understanding of meditation, the purpose and the journey.
It's also very encouraging because it helped me see that some of what I experience is normal in learning to meditate. It's not that I'm necessarily doing it wrong, it's just a phase I need to work through by being persistent and coming back to simple basics and allowing it to unfold rather than forcing it.
I've highlighted many sections and am rereading them again. This book has given me the confidence to continue meditating and I'm grateful for that.