Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness [NOOK Book]

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The Sutra has been studied, practiced, and handed down with special care from generation to generation for 2,500 years. In these commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh guides the reader to an understanding of the fundamental basis of the Buddhist practice and encourages application in daily life. The book describes the four methods of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, the feelings, the mind, and the object of mind. It teaches how to deal with anger and jealousy; to nurture the best qualities in our children, spouse, ...
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Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness

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Overview

The Sutra has been studied, practiced, and handed down with special care from generation to generation for 2,500 years. In these commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh guides the reader to an understanding of the fundamental basis of the Buddhist practice and encourages application in daily life. The book describes the four methods of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, the feelings, the mind, and the object of mind. It teaches how to deal with anger and jealousy; to nurture the best qualities in our children, spouse, and friends; and to greet death with compassion and equanimity. Three versions of the Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness are presented here, along with Thich Nhat Hanh’s insightful commentary, his discussion of breathing techniques, and 23 exercises — or contemplations — to aid in the daily practice of mindfulness. Accessible to novice Buddhists as well as more advanced practitioners, this second edition features a new introduction by the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935209294
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 870,985
  • File size: 184 KB

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh
Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English, including Being Peace, Old Path White Clouds, Anger, and No Death, No Fear. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”
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Table of Contents

Introduction : what is mindfulness? 7
Sutra on the four establishments of mindfulness 13
Summary of the sutra 31
Mindfulness exercises 33
Exercises for observing the body 33
Exercise 1 Conscious breathing 33
Exercise 2 Following the breath 35
Exercise 3 Oneness of body and mind 35
Exercise 4 Calming 38
Exercise 5 Positions of the body 41
Exercise 6 Bodily actions 42
Exercise 7 Parts of the body 43
Exercise 8 Body and universe 45
Exercise 9 Body as impermanent 47
Remarks on the first nine exercises 48
Exercise 10 Healing with joy 54
Exercises for observing the feelings 57
Exercise 11 Identifying feelings 57
Exercise 12 Seeing the roots of feelings and identifying neutral feelings 58
Exercises for observing the mind 66
Exercise 13 Observing the desiring mind 67
Exercise 14 Observing anger 70
Exercise 15 Love meditation 76
Exercises for observing the objects of mind 82
Exercise 16 Discriminative investigation 82
Exercise 17 Observing internal formations 87
Exercise 18 Transforming internal formations 90
Exercise 19 Overcoming guilt and fear 95
Exercise 20 Sowing seeds of peace 98
Principles for the practice of mindfulness 103
Dharmas are mind 103
Be one with the object of observation 104
True mind and deluded mind are one 106
The way of no-conflict 108
Observation is not indoctrination 112
App Three versions of the sutra
A note on the history of the texts
Version two : sutra on the four grounds of mindfulness
Version three : the one way in sutra summary comparison of the three versions
Summary comparison of the three versions
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