Mindfulness : A Practical Guide to Awakening

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The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening--seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom. Goldstein's source teaching is the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha's legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of: Ardency, clear knowing, mindfulness, and concentration--how to develop these four qualities of mind essential for walking the path wiselyThe Satipatthana refrain--how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulnessMindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristicsMindfulness of feelings--how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worldsMindfulness of mind--learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thoughtMindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience), including the Five Hindrances, the Six Sense Spheres, the Seven Factors of Awakening, and much more "There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways," writes Goldstein. In Mindfulness you have the tools to mine these riches for yourself.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 45.72mm | 771.1g
  • Louisville, CO, United States
  • English
  • 162203063X
  • 9781622030637
  • 71,057

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"A major contribution to the clarifying and deepening of our understanding of mindfulness and its traditional Dharma roots." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners "Author Joseph Goldstein, one of the most wise, lucid, and experienced teachers of our times, has written a book on mindfulness that calls forth the depth and power of classical Buddhist teachings. If you are drawn to meditation out of a longing to realize spiritual freedom, this book will be a cherished resource on your path." --Tara Brach, PhD , author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge "Joseph Goldstein has written an immensely clear, practical, and accessible guide to living a mindful life. From examining its roots to exploring its manifold expressions, this deeply significant work shows the path for mindfulness to become our closest friend. I feel like I've waited a long time for a book just like this, and here it is!" --Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation "In eloquent and compelling detail by a master of the art, Goldstein's new book shows how mindfulness leads to calm, well-being, and the joy of self-realization. The most complete and understandable book on mindfulness in print." --Reggie Ray, author of Touching Enlightenment and Mahamudra for the Modern World "Useful advice that can help any meditator, no matter where they are on the path. Mindfulness should become an instant classic." --Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence "Lucid, clear, enormously helpful, a wise and mature vision of Buddhism." --Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart "America is damn lucky there is a Joseph. He has shepherded Western Buddhism in his ever-expanding teachings . . ." --Stephen Levine, author of Turning Toward the Mysteryshow more

About Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. His books include A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma, Insight Meditation, and The Experience of Insight.show more

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