Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

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Sounds True, Nov 1, 2013 - Religion - 480 pages

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 wisely
  • The Satipatthana refrain—how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics
  • Mindfulness of feelings—how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worlds
  • Mindfulness of mind—learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thought
  • Mindfulness 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.


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Goldstein (A Heart Full of Peace), cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, is one of the more prominent and visible U.S. exponents of Buddhism in the Theravada tradition. This book is a very full ... Read full review


Formations and Consciousness
Contemplating the Five Aggregates
Mindfulness of DhammasThe Six Sense Spheres
How We Experience the World
The Wheel of Saṃsāra
Mindfulness of DhammasThe Seven Factors of Awakening
Investigation of Dhammas

Contemplating the Four Foundations
Bare Knowing and Continuity of Mindfulness
Mindfulness of the Body
Mindfulness of Breathing
Mindfulness of Postures
Mindfulness of Activities
Mindfulness of Physical Characteristics
Mindfulness of Feelings
Liberation through Feelings
Worldly and Unworldly Feelings
Mindfulness of Mind 13 The Wholesome and Unwholesome Roots of Mind
On Feelings and Mind
Mindfulness of DhammasThe Five Hindrances
Sloth and Torpor
Restlessness and Worry
Mindfulness of DhammasThe Five Aggregates of Clinging
Material Elements Feelings and Perceptions
Mindfulness of DhammasThe Four Noble Truths
The Cause of Dukkha
The Cessation of Dukkha
The Way Leading to the Cessation of Dukkha
Wisdom Factors
Worldly Ease
Right Speech
Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Concentration
Appendix B Glossary

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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.

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