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Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Sat May 19, 2012 3:42 pm

Great news! A new book from Bhante G. coming this August:

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 Bhante’s trademark “Plain English” style.

Based around one of the Buddha's most succinct yet rich explanations of meditation, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English can be read as a stand-alone volume either before or after the bestselling Mindfulness in Plain English. Newcomers will find it lays 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 that will help consolidate and clarify what they may have started to see for themselves.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 19, 2012 7:07 pm

:thumbsup:

Glad to hear that; Bhante does an excellent job of explaining important things like mindfulness, jhanas, and other important teachings in plain English.
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby marc108 » Sat May 19, 2012 7:18 pm

Wow, I'm excited for this. Bhante G is the best! How lucky we are to have someone so deeply practiced, with a genius level intellect AND can explain things so simply and effectively! :)
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby polarbuddha101 » Sun May 20, 2012 5:24 am

How funny, I've had that book on my amazon account waiting to ship list for a month now and I just cancelled it off my list yesterday because I already have Analayo's book The Direct Path to Realization and The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika.

Any of you guys think I should still get Gunaratana's book to hear another interpretation or do you think it would be excessive?
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby tiltbillings » Sun May 20, 2012 6:30 am

polarbuddha101 wrote:How funny, I've had that book on my amazon account waiting to ship list for a month now and I just cancelled it off my list yesterday because I already have Analayo's book The Direct Path to Realization and The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika.

Any of you guys think I should still get Gunaratana's book to hear another interpretation or do you think it would be excessive?
It is likely worth reading, and it is always of value to hear differing takes on the same thing from experienced and good teachers.


Also, Joseph Goldstein, an excellent long time practitioner, well grounded in the suttas, has done an extensive series of talks on the Satipatthana Sutta from standpoint of actual practice. The talks can be found here.

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby cooran » Sun May 20, 2012 6:35 am

Tilt said: The talks can be found here.


Where?

with metta
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby tiltbillings » Sun May 20, 2012 6:36 am

cooran wrote:
Tilt said: The talks can be found here.


Where?

with metta
Chris
Oooops.

Here

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby polarbuddha101 » Sun May 20, 2012 9:30 am

Thanks for the input Tilt. I actually found another thread you posted on with a link to Goldstein's lectures a few weeks ago and have been listening to them almost everyday since, so thanks for that as well

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Ben » Sun May 20, 2012 9:32 am

Great news, indeed!
Thank you for sharing, Bodom!
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby tiltbillings » Sun May 20, 2012 9:37 am

polarbuddha101 wrote:Thanks for the input Tilt. I actually found another thread you posted on with a link to Goldstein's lectures a few weeks ago and have been listening to them almost everyday since, so thanks for that as well

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Good on you and you are welcome.
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby piotr » Sun May 20, 2012 9:50 am

Hi,

You can find fairly new recordings of Bhante Guṇaratana talks on satipaṭṭhānas here. I suppose that content of upcoming book might be quite similar.
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby marc108 » Mon May 21, 2012 4:57 am

as a triple fyi... Bhavana Society offers, on a Dana basis, a CD with 25's worth of discourse by Bhante G on Satipatthana. http://www.bhavanasociety.org/resource/ ... _sutta_cd/
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:49 pm

I ordered and downloaded my ebook copy to my Nook today and I am so glad I did! What an amazing and excellent teacher Bhante G. is. This book is my new go to guide for anything meditation related. I cannot recommended it highly enough!

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:51 pm

bodom wrote:I ordered and downloaded my ebook copy to my Nook today and I am so glad I did! What an amazing and excellent teacher Bhante G. is. This book is my new go to guide for anything meditation related. I cannot recommended it highly enough!

:anjali:

I have gone through his PHd thesis which was turned into a book and goes by a couple of names (although both escape me now). it is a fascinating read although not a practice manual like Mindfulness in plain English, but well worth the read also. I have a feeling Mindfulness in Plain English is a scaled down version in many respects.

Have a look in the Biblography for it!

and just realised this is off topic to the book being refered to :juggling:
anyway, do with as you see fit :p
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:21 pm

bodom wrote:I ordered and downloaded my ebook copy to my Nook today and I am so glad I did! What an amazing and excellent teacher Bhante G. is. This book is my new go to guide for anything meditation related. I cannot recommended it highly enough!


Thanks for that report. I just ordered a copy. I think I have all of his books now (or will have when this arrives) and yes, he is a great writer / teacher.
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:35 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
bodom wrote:I ordered and downloaded my ebook copy to my Nook today and I am so glad I did! What an amazing and excellent teacher Bhante G. is. This book is my new go to guide for anything meditation related. I cannot recommended it highly enough!


Thanks for that report. I just ordered a copy. I think I have all of his books now (or will have when this arrives) and yes, he is a great writer / teacher.


Glad to hear David you wont be dissapointed!

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:20 pm

Cittasanto wrote:I have gone through his PHd thesis which was turned into a book and goes by a couple of names (although both escape me now). it is a fascinating read although not a practice manual like Mindfulness in plain English, but well worth the read also. I have a feeling Mindfulness in Plain English is a scaled down version in many respects.

Have a look in the Biblography for it!

and just realised this is off topic to the book being refered to :juggling:
anyway, do with as you see fit :p


I believe you are referring to his book on the jhanas The path to serenity and insight and yes it is a great work!

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Ytrog » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:19 am

Ven. G's books are well written. I look forward to this one. :anjali:
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Alobha » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:46 am

Never read any of Bhante G's books but since literally everyone regards him so highly, I guess I'll better check some of his books out..
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