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The Mind and the Way: Buddhist Reflections on Life [Paperback]

Ajahn Sumedho
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1 Dec 1995
The advice of the author in this book, to live simply, contemplate the way things are, and let go of suffering is attractively clear to our confused and anxious society. He offers many ideas from his own experience and a centuries-old Theravaden Buddhist tradition of freeing the mind and opening the heart - through formal meditation as well as in daily life. This work, based on the author's talks for students and his answers to their questions, offers both an insider's perspective on many of the basic teachings, and a radically simple approach to life.
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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S. (1 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861710819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861710812
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a very special book edited from many of Ajahn Sumedho's discourses given at retreats in the UK and elsewhere. Ajahn Sumedho is a Theravadan monk who follows the Thai Forest Sangha tradition and who is the spiritual director of 4 monasteries in the UK and a number scattered around the globe. The Mind and the Way brings us to the practise of Buddhism rather than the theory. Ajahn Sumedho has a way of interpreting Buddhist concepts so that they are of direct relevance. His long years of experience shine through. In a book with many highlights I was particularly struck by his exposition of the transcendent element in Buddhism and its relationship to what some might call God. Ajahn Sumedho refers to the Buddhist approach as 'non-theistic' in that it does not personify the transcendent experience or attempt to describe it. Nirvana (or Nibbana in Pali)is referred to in many places in the Buddhist Scriptures, but usually in terms of superlatives or in what it is not. I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with a real interest in religious experience and an open heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A supreme exposition of the timeless Dhamma 1 Jan 2001
This books is written without jargon and from twenty-five years of experiencing what it is to live the Buddha's teaching. The author, a Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition writes with deep humanity, humour and wisdom. Ajahn Sumedho writes on the subjects of The Four Noble Truths, Meditation, Freedom of Heart and Living the Dhamma amongst many others. This book is inspiring but without hype, gloss or populism, it's the real thing and I read and re-read it regularly with gratitude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 20 July 2009
This is a wonderful book. Very easy to read and understand and I am re-reading it again. It is full of wisdom and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in following the Buddhist path.
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