Focused & Fearless

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Collective
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Focused & Fearless

Post by Collective » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:03 am

Would someone be so kind as to give me some background on this book: Focused & Fearless

I'm practicing Vipassana, is this book recommended?

Thanks all

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Re: Focused & Fearless

Post by Moggalana » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:10 am

This book is about the cultivation of jhanas and how to use the power of deep samadhi to gain insight. It is really good. But if you are taking a (dry) vipassana approach, it might not be the best book for you. I do not know what your practice is, but there comes a point when it's best to stick with one practice for a while and see where that gets you.
Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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Re: Focused & Fearless

Post by Collective » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:36 pm

Moggalana wrote:This book is about the cultivation of jhanas and how to use the power of deep samadhi to gain insight. It is really good. But if you are taking a (dry) vipassana approach, it might not be the best book for you. I do not know what your practice is, but there comes a point when it's best to stick with one practice for a while and see where that gets you.
I'm re-reading Mindfulness in Plain English.

It's to do with vipassana so I think I'd best stick to that one

Thanks again :)

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Re: Focused & Fearless

Post by Srotapanna » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:46 am

A book review:

http://gobeyondwords.wordpress.com/2009 ... o-bhikkhu/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Focused & Fearless

Post by bodom » Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:11 am

Collective wrote:
Moggalana wrote:This book is about the cultivation of jhanas and how to use the power of deep samadhi to gain insight. It is really good. But if you are taking a (dry) vipassana approach, it might not be the best book for you. I do not know what your practice is, but there comes a point when it's best to stick with one practice for a while and see where that gets you.
I'm re-reading Mindfulness in Plain English.

It's to do with vipassana so I think I'd best stick to that one

Thanks again :)
Have you read Bhante G's Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English?


:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: Focused & Fearless

Post by Collective » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:19 pm

bodom wrote:
Collective wrote:
Moggalana wrote:This book is about the cultivation of jhanas and how to use the power of deep samadhi to gain insight. It is really good. But if you are taking a (dry) vipassana approach, it might not be the best book for you. I do not know what your practice is, but there comes a point when it's best to stick with one practice for a while and see where that gets you.
I'm re-reading Mindfulness in Plain English.

It's to do with vipassana so I think I'd best stick to that one

Thanks again :)
Have you read Bhante G's Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English?


:anjali:
Can't say I have. That's on my 'to do' list now.

Thank you

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