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Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation

Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation

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by Henepola Gunaratana
     
 

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Countless people worldlwide have made Mindfulness in Plain English a beloved and bestselling classic in almost a dozen languages. Now after nearly two decades, Bhante helps meditators of every stripe take their mindfulness practice to the next level - helping them go, in a word, beyond mindfulness. In the same warm, clear, and friendly voice, Bhante

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Countless people worldlwide have made Mindfulness in Plain English a beloved and bestselling classic in almost a dozen languages. Now after nearly two decades, Bhante helps meditators of every stripe take their mindfulness practice to the next level - helping them go, in a word, beyond mindfulness. In the same warm, clear, and friendly voice, Bhante introduces the reader to what have been known for centuries as the "jhanas" - deeply calm, joyous, and powerful states of meditation that, when explored with the clearly presented tools in this book, can lead to a life of insight and unshakeable peace.

Editorial Reviews

Joseph Goldstein
"A straightforward and pragmatic guide to deepening levels of concentration and insight. This book is a joy to read and a great gift to us all."
Ajahn Amaro
"Bhante Gunaratana has done it again! There is practical logic and an almost startling common sense to the explainations that lead the reader smoothly through the various stages of meditative concentration."
Matthew Flickstein
"Elegant and profound."
Shaila Catherine
"Thoroughly grounded in the core teachings of the Buddhist path, this is a simple and clear introduction that will make these tools an accessible element in every meditator's practice. A welcome addition!"
Sharon Salzberg
"Straight-forward and valuable."
Noah Levine
"Excellent and highly recommended."
Guy Armstrong
"Bhante Gunaratana writes with such clarity that we are drawn in to taste stillness and joy even as we read. An inspiring book!"
Mandala
"It's been nearly two decades since the bestselling Mindfulness in Plain English was published, and this new book is a classic in the making. It shows us that having faith in the Buddha, and applying a healthy striving with sincerity and energy, will guide us towards wisdom. This does seem so achievable, as the author gives us the theory, piece by piece and voila! Mindfulness in perfect balance. Of course we have to get rid of some hindrances along the way but the goal is worth it."
Inquiring Mind
"Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English is written in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand style that clearly seems based on the author's personal experience. Bhante Gunaratana offers a clear sense of the experience of moving from ordinary distracted mind to a strong state of concentration leading to the stages of awakening."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861715299
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
198,320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives.

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yhaka21 More than 1 year ago
Though "Mindfulness in plain English" may be better for a beginner, I found bhante Gunaratana's second installation Beyond Mindfulness to be much better. Very systematic, clearly lays out the path while avoiding almost all post-canonical developments like the "nimmita"; which is found only once in the entire suttapitaka, but becomes a central aspect of the path in later meditation manuals such as The Visuddhimagga.