Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

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From education and medicine to business and politics, we are in the midst of a great flowering of mindfulness. And with each new application we find for it, priceless benefits emerge. Yet the original purpose of mindfulness has remained throughout the centuries: spiritual awakening. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the ...
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Overview

From education and medicine to business and politics, we are in the midst of a great flowering of mindfulness. And with each new application we find for it, priceless benefits emerge. Yet the original purpose of mindfulness has remained throughout the centuries: spiritual awakening. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.

Goldstein's source teaching is the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of:

. The four qualities of mind-ardency, clear knowing, mindfulness, and concentration
. Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics
. Mindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience), including the Five Hindrances, the Six Sense Spheres, the Seven Factors of Awakening, and much more

"There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways," writes Goldstein. Now readers everywhere are invited to mine these riches together, with Mindfulness.

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"Mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days. It's clear the ideas associated with it provide helpful direction for dealing with things like addiction, emotional imbalance, and recovery from abuse. Joseph Goldstein, a leading meditation teacher and retreat leader, has put together a discussion of mindfulness in the context of its Buddhist origins, bringing it back to its relevance as a tool for spiritual awakening. Goldstein offers clearly-written discussions of things like awareness of motivation, sustainable application of effort, wholesome recollection, continuity of mindfulness, contemplating impermanence, personalizing difficulties, doubt disguised as wisdom, and mindful listening. The language of the book is down-to-earth and compassionately supportive. Non-English terms are carefully explained and used sparingly. This is a serious, yet very readable text, rooted in traditional, scholarly Buddhist philosophy without distancing itself from lay readers. Let your customers know that the welcoming tone of the writing creates the experience of opening a window and breathing in fresh air."

-Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

"A major contribution to the clarifying and deepening of our understanding of mindfulness and its traditional Dharma roots."
-Jon Kabat-Zinn
Author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners


"Author Joseph Goldstein, one of the most wise, lucid, and experienced teachers of our times, has written a book on mindfulness that calls forth the depth and power of classical Buddhist teachings. If you are drawn to meditation out of a longing to realize spiritual freedom, this book will be a cherished resource on your path."
-Tara Brach, PhD
Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"Joseph Goldstein has written an immensely clear, practical, and accessible guide to living a mindful life. From examining its roots to exploring its manifold expressions, this deeply significant work shows the path for mindfulness to become our closest friend. I feel like I've waited a long time for a book just like this, and here it is!"
-Sharon Salzberg
Author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

"In eloquent and compelling detail by a master of the art, Goldstein's new book shows how mindfulness leads to calm, well-being, and the joy of self-realization. The most complete and understandable book on mindfulness in print."
-Reggie Ray
Author of Touching Enlightenment and Mahamudra for the Modern World

"Useful advice that can help any meditator, no matter where they are on the path. Mindfulness should become an instant classic."
-DANIEL GOLEMAN
Author of Emotional Intelligence

"Lucid, clear, enormously helpful, a wise and mature vision of Buddhism."
-JACK KORNFIELD
Author of A Path With Heart

"America is damn lucky there is a Joseph. He has shepherded Western Buddhism in his ever-expanding teachings . . ."
-STEPHEN LEVINE
Author of Turning Toward the Mystery

Library Journal
11/15/2013
Goldstein (A Heart Full of Peace), cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, is one of the more prominent and visible U.S. exponents of Buddhism in the Theravada tradition. This book is a very full treatment of mindfulness as it expresses itself in insight meditation; it is rooted in the Buddha's teachings in the Satipatthana Sutta. VERDICT Intellectual, technical, and intense in its approach, this work is not for the beginner or the fainthearted but is written with Goldstein's best efforts and should reward Buddhist readers almost as much as a lifetime of meditation with the author himself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622030637
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 81,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. His books include A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma. He lives in Barre, Massachusetts. See dharma.org
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