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Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

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Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Sat May 19, 2012 3:42 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 19, 2012 7:07 pm

:thumbsup:

Glad to hear that; Bhante does an excellent job of explaining important things like mindfulness, jhanas, and other important teachings in plain English.
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby marc108 » Sat May 19, 2012 7:18 pm

Wow, I'm excited for this. Bhante G is the best! How lucky we are to have someone so deeply practiced, with a genius level intellect AND can explain things so simply and effectively! :)
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby polarbear101 » Sun May 20, 2012 5:24 am

How funny, I've had that book on my amazon account waiting to ship list for a month now and I just cancelled it off my list yesterday because I already have Analayo's book The Direct Path to Realization and The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika.

Any of you guys think I should still get Gunaratana's book to hear another interpretation or do you think it would be excessive?
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby cooran » Sun May 20, 2012 6:35 am

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby polarbear101 » Sun May 20, 2012 9:30 am

Thanks for the input Tilt. I actually found another thread you posted on with a link to Goldstein's lectures a few weeks ago and have been listening to them almost everyday since, so thanks for that as well

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"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Ben » Sun May 20, 2012 9:32 am

Great news, indeed!
Thank you for sharing, Bodom!
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby piotr » Sun May 20, 2012 9:50 am

Hi,

You can find fairly new recordings of Bhante Guṇaratana talks on satipaṭṭhānas . I suppose that content of upcoming book might be quite similar.
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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby marc108 » Mon May 21, 2012 4:57 am

as a triple fyi... Bhavana Society offers, on a Dana basis, a CD with 25's worth of discourse by Bhante G on Satipatthana. http://www.bhavanasociety.org/resource/ ... _sutta_cd/
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:49 pm

I ordered and downloaded my ebook copy to my Nook today and I am so glad I did! What an amazing and excellent teacher Bhante G. is. This book is my new go to guide for anything meditation related. I cannot recommended it highly enough!

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:51 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:35 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby bodom » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:20 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Ytrog » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:19 am

Ven. G's books are well written. I look forward to this one. :anjali:

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Re: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

Postby Alobha » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:46 am

Never read any of Bhante G's books but since literally everyone regards him so highly, I guess I'll better check some of his books out..


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