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 wiselyThe Satipatthana refrain–how deeply contemplating the four foundations of mindfulness opens us to bare knowing and continuity of mindfulness.
Mindfulness of the body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristicsMindfulness of feelings–how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worldsMindfulness of mind–learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thoughtMindfulness 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.
To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.
I’ve like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was reading it. Meaning I was questioning myself, my beliefs and trying to comprehend how I could add it in my life.
It’s a book I’ve kept with me. Reading it everyday, then taking a break to breath and digest the way it was resonnating with me inside.
It’s the perfect companion to keep on your shelves. As you may need to read it more than one time to really benefit from it.
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I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.
About the author
Joseph Goldstein (born 1944) is one of the first American vipassana teachers (Fronsdal, 1998), co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) with Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg, contemporary author of numerous popular books on Buddhism (see publications below), resident guiding teacher at IMS, and leader of retreats worldwide on insight (vipassana) and lovingkindness (metta) meditation.
While the majority of Goldstein’s publications introduce Westerners to primarily Theravada concepts, practices and values, his 2002 work, “One Dharma”, explored the creation of an integrated framework for the Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions.