Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness

Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness

by B. Alan Wallace
     
 

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The ability to sustain close mindfulness is a learned skill that offers profound benefits in all situations. This book explains the theory and applications of the practice the Buddha called the direct path to enlightenment. These simple but powerful techniques to cultivate mindfulness will allow anyone, regardless of tradition, beliefs, or lack thereof, to achieve… See more details below

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The ability to sustain close mindfulness is a learned skill that offers profound benefits in all situations. This book explains the theory and applications of the practice the Buddha called the direct path to enlightenment. These simple but powerful techniques to cultivate mindfulness will allow anyone, regardless of tradition, beliefs, or lack thereof, to achieve genuine happiness and freedom from suffering. By closely minding the body and breath, we relax, grounding ourselves in physical presence. Coming face to face with our feelings, we stabilize our awareness against habitual reactions. Examining mental phenomena nakedly, we sharpen our perceptions without becoming attached. Ultimately, we see all phenomena just as they are, and we approach the ground of enlightenment.

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Publishers Weekly
Wallace (Mind in the Balance) brings more than 30 years of experience as a Buddhist teacher, author, and translator to this exploration of the "four applications of mindfulness"—awareness of body, feelings, mental events, and phenomena. Trained in Tibetan and Theravadin traditions, Wallace focuses on the progression from shamatha (meditation focused on calming the mind) to vipashyana (insight meditation), based on classic Buddhist texts. Using guided meditations, he leads the reader through increasingly complex mental inquiries, drawing on Dzogchen and Madhyamaka concepts, among others. Wallace is particularly fascinated by the intersection of Buddhist theory and practice with physics, psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, Wallace communicates his enthusiasm for what he calls "contemplative science." He wears his erudition lightly even in his most broad-ranging discussions, and largely succeeds in writing effectively about very abstract topics. Both a systematic and encouraging practice guide and an inquiry into nature of the mind, this book serves as an introduction to subtle states of awareness. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559397438
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
2 MB

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