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Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby Tex » Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:55 am

[Apologies if this is old news, it's copyrighted 2009 but I don't know how new it is; it might just be new to my local Barnes and Noble. Anyway, I almost did a cartwheel down the aisle when I saw it and wanted to pass along the title to anyone else that might not have known of it yet]

So, Bhante Gunaratana has written a sequel to Mindfulness In Plain English (titled as this post is) about Jhana meditations.

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"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:08 am

:thumbsup:

Published by Wisdom Publications (same as previous book)

http://www.wisdompubs.org/Pages/display ... n=&image=1

It came out Sept. 8, 2009 so you are definitely not "late" in this great announcement.
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby zavk » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:17 am

Hmmm.... looking forward to reading it.

Thanks Tex
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:08 am

Thanks for the heads-up Tex!

Looks great... it's on my shopping list.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby bodom » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:12 am

I have it and could not finish reading it all the way through due to all of the gramatical errors. Made it almost unreadable for me. I dont know what happened with the eiting but it is really bad. Very surpring coming from wisdom pubs who usually produces top knotch reads. I have consulted quite a few different copies and they all contain the same errors. I was extremely dissapointed as Mindfulness in plain english is one of my all time fave meditation manuals.

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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:21 am

Greetings BBB,

bodom_bad_boy wrote:I dont know what happened with the eiting but it is really bad.


Sorry, but that made me laugh.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby bodom » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:43 am

Hahah how ironic. lol
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:33 am

isnt this his second book on jhanas? or is it a repackage of the old one?
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby cooran » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:31 am

bodom said: I have it and could not finish reading it all the way through due to all of the gramatical errors. Made it almost unreadable for me. I dont know what happened with the eiting but it is really bad. Very surpring coming from wisdom pubs who usually produces top knotch reads. I have consulted quite a few different copies and they all contain the same errors. I was extremely dissapointed as Mindfulness in plain english is one of my all time fave meditation manuals.


Hello bodom, all,

I bought this book earlier in the week on the way back from India, at a bookshop in Bangkok Airport. It is said to be "An Introductory Guide to Deeper States of Meditation". It is the Wisdom edition and is edited by John Peddicord. It has top ratings by Joseph Goldstein, Ajahn Amaro, Matthew Flickstein, Shaila Catherine, Sharon Salzberg, Noah Levine, and Guy Armstong. I have just begun to delve into it, only read a chapter or two, but do not find any problems with the editing. The book seemed to be of the same standard as Bhante Gunaratana's previous books on Mindfulness.

Could you give some page numbers and examples of what bothered you?

Has anyone else read this book?

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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby rowyourboat » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:23 pm

Hi- In my laziness (or is it lack of time? :cry: ) I wonder if anyone could tell me what is different in it compared to the first book.
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:59 pm

I have read about halfway through and then got a little busy and did not finish it. I will go back to it and finish it since it is not that long. So far, I find it a very good book. The first part is very similar to the Mindfulness book and then after that he delves more deeply into the subject of the jhanas.
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby Nibbida » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:21 am

bodom wrote: Very surpring coming from wisdom pubs who usually produces top knotch reads. I have consulted quite a few different copies and they all contain the same errors. I was extremely dissapointed as Mindfulness in plain english is one of my all time fave meditation manuals.

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"surprising," not "surpring"

"top notch," not "top knotch"

"disappointed," not "dissapointed"


I actually thought the book was good. I didn't have trouble with grammatical errors (though I don't doubt that they are there). I also really like Shaila Catherine's Focused and Fearless, and Ajahn Brahm's Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond is pretty good too.
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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby bodom » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:08 pm

Nibbida wrote:
bodom wrote: Very surpring coming from wisdom pubs who usually produces top knotch reads. I have consulted quite a few different copies and they all contain the same errors. I was extremely dissapointed as Mindfulness in plain english is one of my all time fave meditation manuals.

:namaste:


"surprising," not "surpring"

"top notch," not "top knotch"

"disappointed," not "dissapointed"


Almost reminds me of my copy of this book. Thank you Nibbida, maybe you should contact Wisdom Pubs for an editing job.

*Cooran if i have the time I will go through my copy and give examples.

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Re: Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English

Postby Nibbida » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:53 am

bodom wrote:
Nibbida wrote:
bodom wrote: Very surpring coming from wisdom pubs who usually produces top knotch reads. I have consulted quite a few different copies and they all contain the same errors. I was extremely dissapointed as Mindfulness in plain english is one of my all time fave meditation manuals.

:namaste:


"surprising," not "surpring"

"top notch," not "top knotch"

"disappointed," not "dissapointed"


Almost reminds me of my copy of this book. Thank you Nibbida, maybe you should contact Wisdom Pubs for an editing job.

*Cooran if i have the time I will go through my copy and give examples.

:anjali:


Hah. I couldn't resist. :-) All in good fun.
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