Buddha Takes No Prisoners: A Meditator's Survival Guide

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North Atlantic Books, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 177 pages
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This insightful, easy-to-read handbook offers a non-traditional perspective on meditation. Written primarily for American insight meditation students, it delivers the Buddha's essential teachings clearly, straightforwardly, and without spiritual jargon, and helps make sense of practices often laden with traditional terminology. Practical explanations of the meditation process, its benefits and applicability to daily life, and warmly humorous advice and encouragement give new practitioners the help necessary to continue practicing meditation on a regular basis.
 

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Contents

THE PARADIGM 1 Beyond Sickness Old Age and Death
3
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
11
Meditation Is Like Cleopatra
13
THE BASICS
17
Pretending To Meditate
19
Going Through the Dark Side
25
Short Circuits in the Body Electric
31
Pumping Spiritual Iron
37
GOING DEEPER
69
The Flea Hacl Strong Legs 7I 13 Vhy Is It the Middle Way?
77
No Asylum
81
One Vay Many Paths Divers Views
85
The Master is You
89
Are we There Yet?
95
THE MIND OF ENLIGHTENMENT
99
GOING HOME
131

precepts for Twolegged Hyenas
43
Nirvana or Bust? 4
49
ITS ALL ABOUT HAPPINESS
55
Singing in the Lifeboats
57
Nirvana Equals Happiness
61
Maras Cheap Thrills
65
Buddha Took No Prisoners
139
APPLIED VIPASSANA
145
The Politics of Meditation
155
Books for 1 Desert lsle
175
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Patrick Ophuls graduated in 1955 from Princeton University with a degree in Near Eastern area studies and obtained a PhD from Yale in political science in 1973. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1959, was a political analyst on the Afghanistan desk at the State Department, and was also posted to American embassies in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Tokyo, Japan, as a personal aide to two ambassadors. Leaving the Foreign Service in 1967, he became a professor of political science at Northwestern University. Patrick Ophuls has practiced insight meditation intensively for over 30 years. He began sitting with the Thai teacher Dhiravamsa in 1974, graduating from his teacher training program in 1977 and going on to assist him during several retreats in 1978. He began studying with Insight Meditation Society founders Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg in the late seventies, an association that continues to this day.Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India. Kornfield has become one of the key teachers to introduce Theravada Buddhist practice to the West. For many years his work has focused on integrating and bringing alive the great Eastern spiritual teachings in an accessible way for Western students and Western society. His books, audio tapes, and teachings have acted as an inspiration for countless Western students of Buddhism. His books include the bestselling A Path With Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. Jack Kornfield holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is also a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches.

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