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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain Englishby Bhante Gunaratana
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In simple and straightforward language, Bhante Gunaratana shares the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness and how we can use these principles to improve our daily lives, deepen our mindfulness, and move closer to our spiritual goals.
Based on the classic Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most succinct yet rich explanations of meditation, Bhante's presentation is nonetheless thoroughly modern. The Satipatthana Sutta has become the basis of all mindfulness meditation, and Bhante unveils it to the reader in his trademark "plain English" style.
Contemplating the Four Foundations of Mindfulness--mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of the mind, and of phenomena themselves--is recommended for all practitioners. Newcomers will find The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English lays a strong groundwork for mindfulness practice and gives them all they need to get started right away, and old hands will find rich subtleties and insights to help consolidate and clarify what they may have begun to see for themselves. People at every state of the spiritual path will benefit from reading this book.
In simple and straightforward language, Bhante Gunaratana shares what the Buddha said about mindfulness in his instructional talks and how we can use these principles to improve our daily lives, deepen our mindfulness, and move closer to our spiritual goals. While this book is based on a classic text, the Satipatthana Sutta, its presentation is thoroughly modern in Bhantes trademark plain English” style.
The practice of contemplating—or as we might say, meditating on—the Four Foundations: mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena themselves, is recommended for people at every stage of the spiritual path. As the Buddha says, everyone—people new to meditation as well as monks and nuns, and even advanced meditator masters who have already reached the goal of liberation from suffering, should be exhorted, settled, and established in the development of these Four Foundations of Mindfulness.”
Deeply contemplating, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness can lead to several benefits:
First, meditation helps us become fully aware of what is going on in the mind and body here and now. All too often, we sleepwalk through our days, musing about the past or daydreaming about the future. Second, because of this new awareness, we are able to evaluate more clearly the purpose and suitability of everything we say and do. As a result, we make wiser and more beneficial choices. Third, meditation trains us to see our own body, feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness exactly as they are, from moment to moment. Seeing ourselves clearly is the essential first step to making positive life changes.
Bhante Gunaratana, in his trademark style, renders in plain English what the Buddha said about mindfulness, providing clear instructions on how these principles can be used to improve daily life, deepen mindfulness, and move closer to spiritual goals. Though his presentation is based on a classic text, the Satipatthana Sutta, it is thoroughly modern. The practice of contemplating the Four Foundations—mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena themselves—is recommended for people at every stage of the spiritual path. As the Buddha says, everyone should be exhorted, settled, and established in the development of these Four Foundations of Mindfulness.”
About the Author
Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives. He is the author of the bestselling Mindfulness in Plain English, as well as Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, and Journey to Mindfulness.
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