(PDF/EPUB) [Mindfulness in Plain English]

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  • Mindfulness in Plain English
  • Henepola Gunaratana
  • English
  • 12 April 2020
  • 9780861713219

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Characters Þ Mindfulness in Plain English 102 Ng loving kindness For anyone who is new to meditation this is a great resource for learning how to live a productive and peaceful lif. Even those who don t plan to engage in Buddhist meditation will benefit from his descriptions of the many distractions mental and physical that we create for ourselves and which make it difficult to lead aware lives full of compassion for those around us Excellent overview of Vipassana meditation and why it s worth your time Also an excellent articulation of the need and benefits of cultivating loving friendliness toward yourself those you love strangers and even eventually toward your enemies The books strengths relative to others are a very useful orientation in which the author situates Vipassana meditative techniues and Theravada Buddhism within the broader Buddhist and meditative taxonomy Too many meditation books present their truths without acknowledging other approaches and schools this can be very confusing for the reader Another relative strength is his gentle and caring descriptions of loving friendliness the distractions we live with and create and how insight meditation can help us achieve our desire to live fully presently with compassion toward others and ultimately meaningfullyThis book is not the best book I ve come across for those who are actually sitting regularly and engaged in the practice of Vipassana meditation already The descriptions of dealing with distractions pain etc are a little summary in their nature and not terribly helpful But thought of as of a dhamma book that succinctly and readably lays out the landmarks and broad contours of Vipassana meditation this book is the best I ve come across so farDK

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Characters Þ Mindfulness in Plain English 102 The practice of mindfulness This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivati. We are simply not paying enough attention to notice that we are not paying attention I have a meticulous system for taking notes when I read but it didn t work with Mindfulness in Plain English Underlining 90% of the book doesn t help highlight the most important lessons This is the best book on mindfulness and meditation that I ve read to dateI read this book as a meditation refresher several years after I started meditating I expected to take away a few tips on how to breathe better how to deal with feeling sleepy and how to cope with pain and numb legs I didn t expect all the profound insight on the true meaning of mindfulnessThis book tells you what meditation is and what it isn t If you have an allergy to the word meditation this is probably the book to start with because as the title indicates it s in plain English There s very little of the type of lingo that tends to turn a lot of people away from meditation The book discusses things like loving kindness in a way that is approachable and understandable It gives concrete tips on how to deal with some of the challenges you face not only during meditation but in life I had so many ah ha moments that I actually started saying ah ha while reading it Even though this book is centered on a Buddhist meditation practice called Vipassana or insight meditation the book felt secular to me You can get a lot out of it regardless of your religious or non religious affiliation Even if you never plan to meditate this book is still worth reading If you ve ever had anxiety or depression if you ever get nervous or antsy if you have difficulties concentrating if you get distracted easily read this book If you ve ever felt jealous resentful or just a little out of control read this book If you have regrets about the past or feel uncertain about the future read this book If you think you re too busy to read read this book Both a great orientation for those who are new to meditation and mindfulness and a refresher for seasoned meditators It s a book I ll read again and again Highly recommended 1010 We view impermanent things as permanent though everything is changing all around us The process of change is constant and eternal

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Characters Þ Mindfulness in Plain English 102 Author Bhante Gunaratana a renowned meditation master takes us step by step through the myths realities and benefits of meditation and. 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anything else is learning to liveThe other person is our mirror for us to see our faults with wisdom We should consider the person who shows our shortcomings as one who excavates a hidden treasure in us that we were unaware of It is by knowing the existence of our deficiencies that we can improve ourselvesSomewhere in this process you will come face to face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy Your mind is a shrieking gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell mell down the hill utterly out of control and hopeless No problem You are not crazier than you were yesterday It has always been this way and you just never noticed You are also no crazier than everybody else around you The only real difference is that you have confronted the situation they have not So they still feel relatively comfortable That does not mean that they are better off Ignorance may be bliss but it does not lead to liberation So don t let this realization unsettle you It is a milestone actually a sigh of real progress The very fact that you have looked at the problem straight in the eye means that you are on your way up and out of itOne popular human strategy for dealing with difficulty is autosuggestion when something nasty pops up you convince yourself it is not there or you convince yourself it is pleasant rather than unpleasant The Buddha s tactic is uite the reverse Rather than hide it or disguise it the Buddha s teaching urges you to examine it to death Buddhism advises you not to implant feelings that you don t really have or avoid feelings that you do have If you are miserable you are miserable that is the reality that is what is happening so confront that Look it suare in the eye without flinching When you are having a bad time examine that experience observe it mindfully study the phenomenon and learn its mechanics The way out of a trap is to study the trap itself learn how it is built You do this by taking the thing apart piece by piece The trap can t trap you if it has been taken to pieces The result is freedomPain is inevitable suffering is not Pain and suffering are two different animals If any of these tragedies strike you in your present state of mind you will suffer The habit patterns that presently control your mind will lock you into that suffering and there will be no escape A bit of time spent in learning alternatives to those habit patterns is time will invested Most human beings spend all their energies devising ways to increase their pleasure and decrease their pain Buddhism does not advise that you cease this activity altogether Money and security are fine Pain should be avoided where possible Nobody is telling you to give away all your possessions or seek out needless pain but Buddhism does advise you to invest some of your time and energy in learning to deal with unpleasantness because some pain is unavoidableYou can experience the desire to perfect yourself You can feel craving for greater virtue You can even develop an attachment to the bliss of the meditation experience itself It is a bit hard to detach yourself from such altruistic feelings In the end though it is just greed It is a desire for gratification and a clever way of ignoring the present time realityIf you leave I out of the operation pain is not painful It is just a pure surging energy flow It can even be beautiful If you find I insinuating itself in your experience of pain or indeed any other sensation then just observe that mindfully Pay bare attention to the phenomenon of personal identification with the painMeditation in the midst of fast paced noisy activity is harder still And meditation in the midst of intensely egoistic activities like romance or arguments is the ultimate challengeThe concept of wasted time does not exist for a serious meditator Little dead spaces during your day can be turned to profit Every spare moment can be used for meditation Sitting anxiously in the dentist s office meditate on your anxiety 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