Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic's Journey to Mindfulness

Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic's Journey to Mindfulness


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937006235
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,308,411
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Rachel Neumann is a Bay Area-based writer whose work focuses on civil liberties, human rights, mindfulness, and the intersection of parenting and progressive politics. She is a contributing writer to and her work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, Dissent Magazine and many other national and local magazines. She is also a contributor to the anthology The Battle of Seattle (Soft Skull Press) and the co-author of Healing (Parallax Press). She is the editor for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and blogs regularly at

Table of Contents

Introduction Thich Nhat Hanh 1

Part I Available

1 A Skeptic's Guide to Mindfulness 7

2 Fake It Till You Make It 12

3 A Revolting Monk 17

4 Are You Available? 20

5 Deep Listening 26

6 Sitting and Stopping 39

7 This is Why I'm Here 47

8 Getting Older Better 53

9 The Height of Engagement 57

10 Tomorrow is Not the Answer 63

Part II Engaged

11 Attack and Paddle 71

12 Pain and Practice 78

13 Permission to Cry 86

14 How do you Know? 90

15 Worrying and Breathing 93

16 Crossing the Bridge 97

17 Monks in the Ocean 102

18 Stranded on the Number 9 105

19 Raise Your Hand if You're Going to Die 112

20 Touching Dead People 118

21 The Five Remembrances 122

22 The Real Meaning of Karma 125

23 How to Raise Happy Grown-ups 128

Part III Connected

24 Me, Myself, and Interbeing 137

25 Many-Colored Cocoons 141

26 Stop Bothering Me 147

27 Micro Metta 150

28 Our Space in the Universe 154

29 Peace Talks 157

30 Bringing Outsiders In 162

31 It's a Great Life if You Don't Weaken 167

32 Make Fewer Strangers 170

33 A Marshmallow by Any Other Name 177

34 Wanting It all 181

35 Tiny Changes at the Last Minute 185

Epilogue: A Million Present Moments 190


Being Available 193

Setting Your Intention 194

Being with Pain and Suffering 195

Micro Metta 197

Acknowledgments 199

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Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic's Journey to Mindfulness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cghagstrom More than 1 year ago
I have read (and continue to read) about the utility of mindfulness in different venues. Ms. Nuemann's book adds to my understanding and it, importantly, provides/illustrates a couple of mindfulness tools for day to day use. Enjoyed it very much!
Linda43065 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Many books about Buddist's teachings are very serious and hard for me to follow. This puts the teachings into everyday life and makes them easy to understand. The author is funny and is great at sharing how to get to Not Quite Nirvana. I bought this for my daughter after reading it. Namaste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Rachel Neumann's book to be very thought provoking and relatable. I've re-read passages and bought copies for a few good friends. -Melanieka
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