A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start—or improve—their daily meditation practice.
The book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is both deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health, and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a roadmap for anyone interested in achieving the benefits of mindfulness. Dr. John Yates offers a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, including steps to overcome mind wandering and dullness, extending your attention span while meditating, and subduing subtle distractions.
This groundbreaking manual provides illustrations and charts to help you work through each stage of the process, offering tools that work across all types of meditation practices. The Mind Illuminated is an essential read, whether you are a beginner wanting to establish your practice or a seasoned veteran ready to master the deepest state of peace and mindfulness.
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About the Author
John Yates, PhD (Culadasa) is a meditation master with more than four decades of experience in the Tibetan and Theravadin Buddhist traditions. A former professor, he taught physiology and neuroscience for many years, and later worked in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. He is the author of A Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage, currently in its third edition. He is currently the director of Dharma Treasure Buddhist Sangha in Tucson, AZ.
Matthew Immergut, PhD is an associate professor of sociology. He is a longtime meditator and a dedicated student of Culadasa. He lives in Woodstock, NY.
Table of Contents
An Overview of the Ten Stages 1
First Interlude: Conscious Experience and the Objectives of Meditation 19
Stage 1 Establishing a Practice 41
Second Interlude: The Hindrances and Problems 65
Stage 2 Interrupted Attention and Overcoming Mind-Wandering 79
Stage 3 Extended Continuity of Attention and Overcoming Forgetting 95
Third Interlude: How Mindfulness Works 113
Stage 4 Continuous Attention and Overcoming Gross Distraction and Strong Dullness 121
Fourth Interlude: The Moments of Consciousness Model 147
Stage 5 Overcoming Subtle Dullness and Increasing Mindfulness 167
Fifth Interlude: The Mind-System 181
Stage 6 Subduing Subtle Distractions 215
Sixth Interlude: The Stages of an Adept 235
Stage 7 Exclusive Attention and Unifying the Mind 261
Seventh Interlude: The Nature of Mind and Consciousness 279
Stage 8 Mental Pliancy and Pacifying the Senses 299
Stage 9 Mental and Physical Pliancy and Calming the Intensity of Meditative Joy 327
Stage 10 Tranquility and Equanimity 337
Final Thoughts 341
Appendix A Walking Meditation 349
Appendix B Analytical Meditation 363
Appendix C Loving-Kindness Meditation 371
Appendix D The Jhanas 377
Appendix E Mindful Review 399
Appendix F Insight and the "Dark Night" 411