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Mindfulness in Plain English [Paperback]

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
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30 Sep 2002
The bestselling, classic guide to insight meditation! < Plain in>is a book that people give to everyone they know - a book that people talk about, write about, think about, and return to repeatedly. With his distinctive clarity and wit,''Bhante G'' takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. We already have the foundation we need to live a more productive and peaceful life - Bhante simply points to each tool of meditation, tells us what it does, and how to make it work. This expanded edition includes the complete text of its bestselling predecessor, as well as a new chapter on the cultivation of lovingkindness, an especially important subject in today's fractious world
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861713214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861713219
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See for yourself 30 Jun 2008
I do not have much too add not already said by other reviewers, but would like to point out that the whole book can be found online so you can preview it before you order the book. Just search for the title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing... 17 Feb 2010
This book changed my whole life. Seriously. I was experiencing a lot of serious problems in my life, and was at probably the lowest point of my life. I came across Theravada Buddhism on the net, read about Bhante G and this book, and well the rest is history!

Bhante G is the real deal. A buddhist monk who truly understands buddhism, and how it can help us in the west.

He concisely explains why meditation is often overlooked and misunderstood, what meditation is and isn't, provides a detailed easy to read guide for meditating, and for dealing with problems with meditating.

It can be difficult to meditate and practice mindfullness on a regular basis, but the overall philosophy of this book really opened my eyes to reality and ultimately how to genuinely be happy.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. Whether you are just interested in meditation in general or are suffering from various problems.

Thanks a lot Bhante G!

P.S His other books are both equally as good. His autobiography was a really interesting insight into the life of a Buddhist monk, also highly recommended!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I have been interested in Buddhism and meditation for many years and have been waiting all that time for a book that is a true 'nuts and bolts' manual of how to meditate. This is the first book I have found that I can totally recommend. It covers the subject with honesty, humour and an amazing level of clarity. For a beginner or experienced meditator, there is no better book that I have seen.

Also, the author has integrity and comes from the traditional Theravada school of Buddhism - beware that there are quite a few dodgy modern 'schools' that use the name of Buddhism in vain. If you are new to Buddhism, I strongly recommend the Theravada school (e.g. Amaravati monastery in the UK).

A minor point and it doesn't detract at all from the book, but I feel that maybe the title is a bit misleading as it isn't very clear that it is a 'manual' of meditation - perhaps 'Meditation demystified' or 'How to meditate' would be clearer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness in real life 6 July 2007
The theme of the book is Mindfulness: actually seeing what is there in front of us.

Bhante's premise (which is difficult to ague with ) is that we see life through a screen of thoughts and concepts. As he puts it, we get so caught up in this endless thought-stream that reality flows by unnoticed.

Meditation can sometimes seem daunting and mystical but its goal is to simply free us from not being aware of our lives as they unfold.

Bhante's gift, which shines through every page of this book, is to break down some of the myths and make them real and practical.

What is left is a remarkably lucid, accessible and sensible account of how mindfulness meditation (in the Vipassana tradition - though that detail isn't important) can literally chance your life: your reactions, your perception, your ability to life for the moment.

There is no hint of high-mindedness in his tone, which is grounded, realistic, and thoroughly human.

Consider this, from page one: "There you are, and you suddenly realise that you are spending your whole life just barely getting by. You keep up a good front. You manage to make ends meet somehow and look okay from the outside.

"But those periods of desperation, those times when you feel everything caving in on you - you keep those to yourself. You are a mess, and you know it.

"Meanwhile, way down under all of that, you just know that there has to be some other way to live, a better way to look at the world, a way to touch life more fully.... life is an emotional roller coaster, and you spend a lot of your time down at the bottom of the ramp, yearning for heights."

So what's wrong with you, Bhante asks?
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 15 April 2009
By Salvora
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This is a good how-to book on how to meditate. A clear explanation on what to do is given; how to sit; how to deal with problems and the like.

Unfortunately, I found the explanation of what mindfulness is a bit mystifying. I didn't quite understand what it is and what's so good about it.

I am now reading The Mindful Way through Depression, and I'm finding it a lot more clear in this respect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of wisdom 8 April 2009
Quite simply, this book is Extremely well written and to the point. It is an obviously well thought out, objective work. The motive behind the book is one of a drive to help others follow the path set out by The Buddha, a selfless work.. as only a text on buddhism by a buddhist monk could be. So if you are serious about finding happines through Buddhism (Theravadin) this book will get you there(If you practice it's method)
If this is the path you would choose, then this book is a great help in clarifying any questions you might have.

P.S The clue is in the title. - Sincerely Evan Parkinson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming read
I have bought many books on meditation, many I am not doing a review on as they all have something to learn. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars I no longer take drugs to cope with anxiety and depression.
This book taught me how to meditate, and after doing it for awhile - realised the tremendous power it has. To say the least, I'm now a meditator for life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by EddieStrike
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners
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Published 10 months ago by david thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good exposition of mindfulness techniques
Good practical guide to mindfulness covering as it does the common and less common pitfalls beginners can get drawn into
Published 12 months ago by Mr M Sheridan
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for contentment?
As the title says...."In plain English"...This book is a must for anyone practising meditation. Gives the answers we all look for
Published 15 months ago by Ian Spedding
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I have been practicing meditation now for several months. I came to the conclusion that I wasn't making much, if any progress. So, as a last ditch-effort I purchased the book. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly detailed and practical
I'm about 2/3 of the way through, and already I've been able to take on board some practical advice. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anita
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Published on 23 Feb 2012 by JAYjAY
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book!
I'm a new student to the study of Mindfulness. I found this book very helpful and accessible. I can highly recommend it. Thank you to the author.
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by happytohelp
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
it was ok but quite hard to stay focussed on it. i would recommened it alongside a meditation course to get you started.
Published on 12 May 2011 by K. R. Grant
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