Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness (a ten-week course)

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Like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are, Beginning Mindfulness is intended for laypeople practicing in their work and family lives without the luxury of long meditation retreats. It is deeply rooted in Buddhist practice but remains unbound by one particular Buddhist tradition. Weiss skillfully blends the traditions of his teachers: that of Korean Zen Master Seung Sanh, Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, insight meditation or vipassana, as well as the Hindu yogic tradition. An easy, doable program ...
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Like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are, Beginning Mindfulness is intended for laypeople practicing in their work and family lives without the luxury of long meditation retreats. It is deeply rooted in Buddhist practice but remains unbound by one particular Buddhist tradition. Weiss skillfully blends the traditions of his teachers: that of Korean Zen Master Seung Sanh, Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, insight meditation or vipassana, as well as the Hindu yogic tradition. An easy, doable program of learning to practice the Buddhist art of mindfulness, Beginning Mindfulness is, as one psychologist who uses the manual with her groups put it, "a simple manual that really works."
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Weiss, longtime Buddhist meditation student and teacher, offers an excellent 10-week course on meditation, its meanings and its applications. With clarity, kindness and care he forges a cohesive whole from many "handouts" he has created over the years to teach sitting meditation and walking, meditation. Emphasizing the need to take mindful awareness into everyday life, Weiss, who is an ordained brother in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, highlights many mindfulness opportunities for modern people: facing cancer, washing dishes, walking to and flushing the toilet, exercising and waiting at red lights. While true to Buddhist principles, the book is gloriously free of the jargon that can alienate the average person. Weiss begins at the beginning, with posture and, most importantly, breath. Over the sequenced 10-week program, practitioners gain meditation and awareness basics and also explore mindfulness in their own bodies, feelings and mental processes. Weeks nine and 10 look at loving kindness (metta) and healing breathing to address the suffering of others (tonglin). Each chapter has formal and informal "Home Play" activities that extend the lessons into daily life, while a final section on "how to continue" and an annotated reading list increase the volume's usefulness. Weiss's voice is authentic, yet flavored with the sensibilities of Thich Nhat Hanh, known for his accessible, gentle, concentrated abilities to communicate the essence of mindfulness, especially to beginners. (Mar. 12) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577314417
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 3/11/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 318,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xv
How to Use This Book xxi
Part 1 Beginning Mindfulness
Week 1 Getting Started 3
Week 2 Going Deeper 23
Week 3 Increasing Awareness 37
Week 4 Who Am I? 51
Part 2 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Week 5 Mindfulness in the Body 77
Week 6 Mindfulness in Feelings 95
Week 7 Mindfulness in Thinking 109
Week 8 Mindfulness in Objects of Mind 123
Part 3 Widening the Heart
Week 9 Practicing Loving-Kindness 145
Week 10 Practicing Compassion 159
Part 4 Going On
How to Continue 173
Transforming Suffering 177
The Five Mindfulness Trainings 189
The Importance of Community 199
True Voice 205
Afterword 209
Permissions Acknowledgments 213
Recommended Reading 215
Index 221
About the Author 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

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    A good practical guide

    The more we cultivate the awareness skill of mindfulness, the more we create the right conditions for health and happiness to arise. this is a good practical introduction to the practice of mindfulness.

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