Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation [NOOK Book]

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Every meditation tradition explains that there are two aspects to any effective meditation practice: insight and concentration. In Mindfulness in Plain English, author Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, a monk from Sri Lanka and venerated teacher of Buddhism, offered basic instruction on the meaning of insight (or vipassana) meditation through concepts that could be applied to any tradition. In Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, he presents the levels of concentration with the same simplicity and humor that made the ...
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Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation

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Overview


Every meditation tradition explains that there are two aspects to any effective meditation practice: insight and concentration. In Mindfulness in Plain English, author Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, a monk from Sri Lanka and venerated teacher of Buddhism, offered basic instruction on the meaning of insight (or vipassana) meditation through concepts that could be applied to any tradition. In Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, he presents the levels of concentration with the same simplicity and humor that made the previous book so successful. The focus here is on the Jhanas, those meditative states of profound stillness and concentration in which the mind becomes fully immersed and absorbed in the chosen object of attention. Using the Jhanas to guide readers along the path to joy, happiness, equanimity, and one-pointedness, the author provides all of the instruction necessary to utilize meditation as a tool for building a more fulfilling life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861719952
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 343,296
  • File size: 270 KB

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Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the author of the best-selling Mindfulness in Plain English, which has sold more than 50,000 copies. He was ordained at the age of 12 as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. He lives in High View, West Virginia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia and the author of the bestseller Mindfulness in Plain English.
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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    based soundly in the suttas and venerable Gunaratana's experience

    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.

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