Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditationby Henepola Gunaratana
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.
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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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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.