The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: The Buddha's Way of Mindfulness
This is a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation. It is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits. It includes a concise explanation of clear comprehension, which is the kind of mindfulness you use in the course of your daily life. It also presents an easily understandable explanation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This new edition includes an introduction from noted author and teacher Sylvia Boorstein. Although the Buddha lived over 2500 years ago, his teachings on meditation are among the most effective methods for healing the pain of grief, finding inner peace, and overcoming the sense of dislocation caused by living in the 21st century. Mindfulness is a method not only for committed Buddhists. It is for everyone interested in mastering the mind. From the introduction by Sylvia Boorstein The Heart of Buddhist Meditation was the first serious, didactic Dharma book I read. It was the early nineteen-eighties. My teacher, Jack Kornfield, suggested it as the beginning formal training of my becoming a Mindfulness teacher. I have that original copy and I am touched by how many underlined passages, how many exclamation points in margins, how many addendums of my own written in tiny scrawl appear in its fading pages.
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abandons Ānanda Anattā Anuruddha ardent arise attained Attention awareness become bodily Buddha Buddhist Meditation cessation Clear Comprehension clearly comprehending Commentary comprehending and mindful concentration concerning the world consciousness Contemplation of Feeling covetousness and grief craving cultivated and regularly deliverance detachment Dhamma direct disciple Discourse dissolution-factors dwells contemplating dwells practising body-contemplation emotional enlightenment factor equanimity Exalted experience fact Factors of Enlightenment five Hindrances Foundations of Mindfulness four Foundations four Noble Truths fulness grief concerning impermanent Impersonality inner jhāna knowledge liberated Mahāyāna man’s Māra ment mental object mind’s mindfulness and clear Mindfulness of Breathing monk dwells practising ness neutral feeling Nibbāna Noble Eightfold Path Noble Truths Nyanaponika Thera object of mindfulness observation one’s oneself origination origination-factors overcome covetousness painful Pali Path perception perfect pleasant feeling posture prac practising mind-object purpose Right Mindfulness Sāriputta Satipaṭṭhāna sense seven Factors subject of meditation suffering Sutta Teaching Theravāda things thought tion Tranquillity vipassanā wisdom