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The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated

A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness

  • Author: CULADASA,Matthew Immergut, PhD
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc
  • ISBN: 1781808791
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 512
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The Mind Illuminated is a comprehensive, accessible and - above all - effective book on meditation, providing a nuts-and-bolts stage-based system that helps all levels of meditators establish and deepen their practice. Providing step-by-step guidance for every stage of the meditation path, this uniquely comprehensive guide for a Western audience combines the wisdom from the teachings of the Buddha with the latest research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Clear and friendly, this in-depth practice manual builds on the nine-stage model of meditation originally articulated by the ancient Indian sage Asanga, crystallizing the entire meditative journey into 10 clearly-defined stages. The book also introduces a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, and uses illustrations and charts to help the reader work through each stage. This manual is an essential read for the beginner to the seasoned veteran of meditation.

The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated

A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness

  • Author: John Yates,Matthew Immergut,Jeremy Graves
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501156985
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 512
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The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is both deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health, and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a roadmap for anyone interested in achieving the benefits of mindfulness. Dr. John Yates offers a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, including steps to overcome mind wandering and dullness, extending your attention span while meditating, and subduing subtle distractions. This groundbreaking manual provides illustrations and charts to help you work through each stage of the process, offering tools that work across all types of meditation practices.

The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated

A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness

  • Author: John Yates,Matthew Immergut,Jeremy Graves
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501156993
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 512
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A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start—or improve—their daily meditation practice. The book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is both deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health, and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a roadmap for anyone interested in achieving the benefits of mindfulness. Dr. John Yates offers a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, including steps to overcome mind wandering and dullness, extending your attention span while meditating, and subduing subtle distractions. This groundbreaking manual provides illustrations and charts to help you work through each stage of the process, offering tools that work across all types of meditation practices. The Mind Illuminated is an essential read, whether you are a beginner wanting to establish your practice or a seasoned veteran ready to master the deepest state of peace and mindfulness.

A Mediator's Practice Guide to the Mind Illuminated

A Mediator's Practice Guide to the Mind Illuminated

  • Author: CULADASA.,Ph.D.). Culadasa (John Yates
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780990847731
  • Category:
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A Meditator's Practice Guide to the Mind Illuminated has been designed specifically as a support during meditation, providing quick and easy access to practice details for each stage described in The Mind Illuminated. The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness is the first comprehensive guide to Buddhist meditation for a Western audience. While sitting, open this practice guide to the stage corresponding to your current level of practice. When a question comes to mind or you can't remember some aspect of the practice, you need only glance down for a reminder. Rich illustrations and diagrams offer a quick visual reminder of the challenges and solutions for each stage.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book

  • Author: Daniel Ingram
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • ISBN: 1911597183
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 800
  • View: 1948
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The very idea that Buddhist teachings can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Daniel Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self-absorbed mind-noise. This book sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight meditation. This is a revised and much expanded edition.

Manual of Insight

Manual of Insight

  • Author: Mahasi Sayadaw,Vipassana Metta FoundationTranslation Committee
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1614292779
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 744
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The most comprehensive manual of the practice of insight meditation (vipassana), written by one of its foremost 20th century proponents, is translated into English for the first time. Manual of Insight is the magnum opus of Mahasi Sayadaw, one of the originators of the “vipassana movement” that has swept through the Buddhist world over the last hundred years. The manual presents a comprehensive overview of the practice of insight meditation, including the foundational aspects of ethical self-discipline, understanding the philosophical framework for the practice, and developing basic concentration and mindfulness. It culminates with an in-depth exploration of the various types of insight and spiritual fruits that the practice yields. Authored by the master who brought insight meditation to the West and whose students include Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, Manual of Insight is a veritable Bible for any practitioner of vipassana.

Buddha's Brain

Buddha's Brain

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

  • Author: Rick Hanson
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
  • ISBN: 1459624157
  • Category:
  • Page: 348
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Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding. This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom--are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.

Siddhartha's Brain

Siddhartha's Brain

Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment

  • Author: James Kingsland
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062403869
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 352
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A groundbreaking exploration of the “science of enlightenment,” told through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha), by Guardian science editor James Kingsland. In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India—400 years before the birth of Christ, when the foundations of western science and philosophy were being laid by the great minds of Ancient Greece—a prince turned ascetic wanderer sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was discovering the astonishing capabilities of the human brain and the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual “enlightenment,” the foundation of Buddhism. Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha’s Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial and so important for human beings across time. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support and have been proven to be effective in combating many contemporary psychiatric disorders. Siddhartha posited that “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” As we are increasingly driven to distraction by competing demands, our ability to focus and control our thoughts has never been more challenged—or more vital. Siddhartha’s Brain offers a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why meditative practice has never been more important.

Realizing Awakened Consciousness

Realizing Awakened Consciousness

Interviews with Buddhist Teachers and a New Perspective on the Mind

  • Author: Richard P. Boyle
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231539231
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 384
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If, as Buddhism claims, the potential for awakening exists in all human beings, we should be able to map the phenomenon with the same science we apply to other forms of consciousness. A student of cognitive social science and a Zen practitioner for more than forty years, Richard P. Boyle brings his sophisticated perspective to bear on the development of a theoretical model for both ordinary and awakened consciousness. Boyle conducts probing interviews with eleven prominent Western Buddhist teachers (Shinzen Young, John Tarrant, Ken McLeod, Ajahn Amaro, Martine Batchelor, Shaila Catherine, Gil Fronsdal, Stephen Batchelor, Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Bernie Glassman, and Joseph Goldstein) and one scientist (James Austin) who have experienced awakening. From the paths they traveled to enlightenment and their descriptions of the experience, he derives three fundamental properties of awakened consciousness. He then constructs an overarching model that explains how Buddhist practices help free the mind from attachments to reality and the self and make possible the three properties of awakening. Specifically, these teachers describe how they worked to control attention and quiet the mind, detach from ideas and habits, and open themselves to compassion. Boyle's account incorporates current theories of consciousness, sociological insights, and research in neuroscience to advance the study of awakened consciousness and help an even greater number of people to realize it.

The Science of Enlightenment

The Science of Enlightenment

How Meditation Works

  • Author: Shinzen Young
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • ISBN: 1622037480
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 264
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“Enlightenment”—is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now—and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions. For decades, one of the most engaging teachers of our time has illuminated the many dimensions of awakening—but solely at his live retreats and on audio recordings. Now, with The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to readers an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences. As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore: Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice Concentration, clarity, and equanimity—the core catalysts of awakening Impermanence—its many aspects and how to work with them Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self Purification and clarification—how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more For meditators of all levels and beliefs—especially those who think they’ve heard it all—this many-faceted gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.

Altered Traits

Altered Traits

Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body

  • Author: Daniel Goleman
  • Publisher: Viking
  • ISBN: 9780241975671
  • Category: Meditation
  • Page: 336
  • View: 6529
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The western world's flirtation with mind training began decades ago, but has quickened in the last few years. As mindfulness, TM, and other brands of meditation sweep through businesses, schools and clinics, Altered Traits brings a startling new perspective to an understanding of our relationship to our brain, our personal traits, and even our genome - showing that smart practice can alter these for the better. Drawing on a one-of-a-kind data pool - brain studies of world-class meditators - Goleman and Davidson sweep away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open reader's eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind training methods. Simultaneously, they share for the first time remarkable findings that show potential for our cultivation of highly positive, lasting qualities, such as selflessness, equanimity, love and compassion, through meditation. Altered Traits shifts the conversation of precisely how and when mind training benefits us, revealing reveal the power of intentional, sustained mental exercise to redesign neural circuitry. Anyone who cares about improving the human condition - or their own - will find much to ponder.

Emptiness

Emptiness

A Practical Guide for Meditators

  • Author: Guy Armstrong
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1614293635
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 328
  • View: 7080
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If everything is empty, then what ceases in Nirvana and is born in rebirth? How can you live in the world without feeling trapped by it? Guy Armstrong tackles these questions and more in this richly informed, practical guide to emptiness for the meditator. It may seem odd for emptiness to serve as the central philosophy of a major religion. In fact, emptiness points to something quite different than “nothingness” or “vacancy.” And by developing a richer understanding of this complex topic, we can experience freedom as we live consciously in the world. Guy Armstrong has been a leading figure and beloved teacher of insight meditation for decades. In this book, he makes difficult Buddhist topics easy to understand, weaving together Theravada and Mahayana teachings on emptiness to show how we can liberate our minds and manifest compassion in our lives.

Right Concentration

Right Concentration

A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

  • Author: Leigh Brasington
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 083480302X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
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The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called Right Concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that direction, and they are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them. Leigh Brasington’s guide to navigating the jhana path is deeply informed by the view of them transmitted to him by his teacher, Ven. Ayya Khema, a view based on the Pali suttas.

Altered Traits

Altered Traits

Science Reveals how Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

  • Author: Daniel Goleman,Richard J. Davidson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0399184384
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 336
  • View: 4938
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Addresses misconceptions about meditation, as well as the benefits and lasting traits that it can create by looking at how people can derive the greatest benefits from the practice by developing a broad array of mind-training methods.

Why Buddhism is True

Why Buddhism is True

The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

  • Author: Robert Wright
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439195471
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 336
  • View: 8074
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From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

Natural Pain Relief

Natural Pain Relief

How to Soothe & Dissolve Physical Pain with Mindfulness

  • Author: Shinzen Young
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781604070880
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 88
  • View: 1547
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Uses meditation practices to manage pain naturally, reducing the need for drugs and surgery, in a book that is accompanied by an audio CD with five guided meditations. By the author of the audiobook The Science of Enlightenment. Original.

When Awareness Becomes Natural

When Awareness Becomes Natural

A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life

  • Author: Sayadaw U Tejaniya
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834840162
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 208
  • View: 3118
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The flame of wisdom can be kindled in the midst of any life, even one that might seem too full of personal and professional commitments to allow for it. Such is the teaching of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, who himself learned to cultivate awareness in the raucous years he spent in the Burmese textile business before taking his final monastic ordination at the age of thirty-six. Train yourself to be aware of the clinging and aversion that arise in any situation, he teaches. If you can learn to do that, calm and deep insight will naturally follow. It’s a method that works as well for sorting the laundry or doing data entry as it does in formal sitting meditation. "The object of attention is not really important," he teaches, "the observing mind that is working in the background to be aware is of real importance. If the observing is done with the right attitude, any object is the right object."

Thoughts Are Not the Enemy

Thoughts Are Not the Enemy

An Innovative Approach to Meditation Practice

  • Author: Jason Siff
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 0834830086
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 224
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In most forms of meditation, the meditator is instructed to let go of thoughts as they arise. As a result, thinking is often taken, unnecessarily, to be something misguided or evil. This approach is misguided, says Jason Siff. In fact, if we allow thoughts to arise and become mindful of the thoughts themselves, we gain tranquility and insight just as in other methods without having to reject our natural mental processes. And by observing the thoughts themselves with mindfulness and curiosity, we can learn a good deal about ourselves in the process.

How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day

How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day

A Guided Meditation

  • Author: Andy Puddicombe
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN: 1466815825
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 32
  • View: 6509
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How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day: A Guided Meditation. Teaser Bonus! From one of the world's top mindfulness experts comes the ultimate tool for clearing out mental clutter and improving every aspect of your physical and mental health. With this ten-minute guided meditation, learn a simple yet powerful technique that's been tested by time and now adapted to fit into even the most hectic modern lifestyle. And reap incredible benefits! Doing this exercise on a daily basis can help you relieve stress, have stronger relationships, reduce anxiety, sleep more, find a healthy weight, control your emotions, be more productive... the list goes on and on. If you enjoy this meditation, don't miss Andy Puddicombe's book GET SOME HEADSPACE (coming June 2012), which provides many more techniques and exercises, as well as the fascinating science behind mindfulness.

A Little Bit of Meditation

A Little Bit of Meditation

An Introduction to Mindfulness

  • Author: Amy Leigh Mercree
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing (NY)
  • ISBN: 9781454926894
  • Category:
  • Page: 128
  • View: 2085
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An easy-to-use, informative introduction to one of today's most popular spiritual practices: meditation. Meditation is a proven method of finding calm and coping with our crazy world. Amy Leigh Mercree explores the history of this ancient practice as well as its practical applications--including decreased anxiety and a more contented life. In addition to outlining the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual ramifications of meditating, she includes a selection of easy-to-follow guided meditations.