The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipaṭṭhāna : a Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha's Way of Mindfulness, with an Anthology of Relevant Texts Translated from the Pali and Sanskrit

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Buddhist Publication Society, Dec 1, 2005 - Buddhism - 250 pages
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In print for more than fifty years and translated into some ten languages, Nyanaponika Thera’s The Heart of Buddhist Meditation has attained the stature of a modern spiritual classic. Combining deep personal insight with the power of clear exposition, the author guides the reader into the essential principles making up the Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness. Besides offering a lucid account of the basic practices of insight meditation, the book contains a complete translation of the Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s own instructions on the practice.

“A work of unique importance ... written with great depth, extraordinary knowledge, deep humanity... I do not know of any book which could be compared to this work as a guide to meditation.”

Erich Fromm



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This book consists of three parts. The middle part of this book contains a translation of the Satipatthana-sutta (30 pages) which claims to describe (p. 117) "the sole way [...] for the realization of ... Read full review

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The most lucid and comprehensive book I have every read about meditation.

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Nyanaponika Thera (1901–94) was born in Germany and became a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in 1936, where he lived until his death. Widely regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Theravada Buddhism in our time, he is the author of numerous books and translations both in English and in German.

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