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Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation

Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation

  • Wisdom Publications MA

“A straightforward and pragmatic guide to deepening levels of concentration and insight. This book is a joy to read and a great gift to us all.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness

Countless people worldlwide have made Mindfulness in Plain English a beloved and bestselling classic in almost a dozen languages. Now after nearly two decades, Bhante helps meditators of every stripe take their mindfulness practice to the next level – helping them go, in a word, beyond mindfulness. I

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  1. 84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If it works for someone with attention deficit disorder, it can work for you too, March 21, 2012
    By 
    A. Golsby (USA)
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    This review is from: Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation (Paperback)
    This book is truly helpful and the meditation states it describes (the eight jhana states) really are as good as they sound. I have ADHD so my attention span is normally very poor, but by following the instructions in this book I’m able to enjoy meditation and benefit from it.

    It took a lot of persistence before the jhana states began to work for me. The honest answer: two and a half years of off-and-on practice. If you add up only the months that I actually practiced meditation regularly, it was around a year’s worth of steady practice. All that persistence, the slow-but-steady work of talking myself into meditating instead of procrastinating, staying on the cushion for the whole time period instead of leaving once I got bored, all the times I began my practice anew after I’d let it slip away… it was all so worth it.

    How was all that hard work worth it to me? I’ll let the numbers explain it: Since I’ve been meditating regularly, I’ve been able to cut my dose of ADHD medication in half. In other words, this jhana meditation helps me focus more easily during the day while taking LESS focus medicine! And, crucial to this review, the Beyond Mindfulness book (together with one other book, Who Is My Self by Ayya Khema) has made it possible for me to get to jhana. “Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond” by Ajahn Brahm simply didn’t work for me. At all. “Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha” by Daniel Ingram explained what the jhanas were, but it didn’t help me DO them. And Catherine Shaila’s “Focused and Fearless” book was a great pleasure to read, full of interesting exercises, but those exercises didn’t bring me any closer to jhana. Why buy a book about jhana if you’re just going to read about them, without experiencing them? Only this book and Ayya Khema’s book helped me develop access to the jhanas.

    One more note about the benefits of jhana meditation. Odd, random good things have happened to my mind, aside from the improved focus. For example, I don’t dislike mowing the grass anymore. It’s become an enjoyable form of exercise, whereas it used to seem like a bunch of boring, sweaty, dirty work. Also, the increased mental clarity makes me notice when others are being manipulative. Salespeople just don’t have the sort of influence over me that they used to, and I’ve let some negative people out of my life because I can now see past their facades of niceness. Part of this may just be growing up, but if that’s the case, I’ve never grown up so much in such a short period of time.

    Also, I have way more patience for my and others’ mistakes now. My mind is just plain nicer than it used to be. Why would I be upset that some other person isn’t making me happy? I can go sit down to meditate at any time and have extraordinary joy flooding my mind within 20 minutes, and then have the excitement and rush of joy slowly fade into a calm, satisfying feeling of peace over the next 20 minutes. That’s a pretty significant realization, and it’s the sort of thing “advanced” meditators talk about all the time. I’m not “advanced” by any means, but if these are the benefits of my “intermediate” meditation practice, I can’t wait to see what will happen when I’m “advanced”!

    So that’s why I like jhana. Why do I like the book? Because unlike most of the others, this one actually showed me how to do jhana, even despite my learning disability. But a word of caution: no meditation book will ever do the work for you, just like no physical fitness book will exercise for you. It just shows you how to use your practice time effectively. So if you’re willing to put in the hours to learn about deeper forms of meditation than simple mindfulness, if you want to go Beyond Mindfulness, this book is a great choice!

  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent book on jhana meditation, July 17, 2018
    By 
    Timothy bob

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    This review is from: Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation (Paperback)
    Book is pretty good. It introduced me to supramundane jhana.

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