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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 foundation s of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulness -Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, adn physical characteristics -Mindfulness of feelings - how the experience of our sense perceptions influences oru inner adn 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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InSeeking the Heart of WisdomGoldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader in developing the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a welcome companion along the way. Among the topics covered are:    •  The hindrances to meditation—ranging from doubt and fear to painful knees—and skillful means of overcoming them    •  How compassion can arise in response to the suffering we see in our own lives and in the world    •  How to integrate a life of responsible action and service with a meditative life based on nonattachment Useful exercises are presented alongside the teachings to help readers deepen their understanding of the subjects.