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Saurous rated it really liked it. Delightful little book on mindfulness and Buddhism. Lots of wisdom. Will read again. Choosing between this and "Mindfulness for Beginners", I found this better written and more accessible, but they're in a similar vein: short Buddhism-relevant essays. Nov 15, Ami Hontalas rated it it was amazing. Read this book every few years. Very helpful in my morning quiet time. Nov 01, Anne rated it really liked it.
This book is a helpful support for entering upon a daily practice of contemplation and mindfulness. May 05, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality. One of the best book of teachings on mindfulness- on my fifth, sixth read-through. Mar 07, Daniel W. Polk rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-to-be-a-better-person. I very much appreciate this book. Both practical and profoundly wise.
Will likely read it again in the coming days.
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Jul 12, Lon rated it it was amazing. We begin the book with an instructive parable: "Once upon a time, long ago, people walked about barefoot. One day, the queen, walking across a rock field, cut her foot on a sharp stone. Annoyed, she called together her ministers and ordered the Queendom carpeted with leather. One wise minister stepped forward and suggested an easier way. The meditation teacher then We begin the book with an instructive parable: "Once upon a time, long ago, people walked about barefoot. The meditation teacher then explains: "It seems silly to cover a kingdom with leather to protect our feet.
In the same way, some of our strategies for living are attempts to cover over our world. A much more effective way of living is to learn to take care of our point of direct contact with the world. The emphasis is on simply being aware, increasing our capacity to perceive our own motivations, prejudices, petty impulses, habits, desires, attitudes, reflexive behavior, etc.
Only when we recognize the presence of these do we truly become free to choose how we will respond. With mindfulness training, we can learn to see more clearly into that deep, murky, enigmatic pool of the subconscious. To be unaware of what's present in that mysterious place is to abdicate sovereignty, to yield agency, to be enslaved. Frondsdal's message, then, is finally one of liberation.
Fronsdal maintains a spare, no-frill style. He doesn't go off any flights of poetic fancy, never slips into New-Age Speak, offers anecdotes rarely. Yet this book is one of the few that could be described as lucid. A clear, utterly comprehensible approach to teaching. Jun 18, Forest Tong rated it it was amazing. Excellent and inspiring.
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As a first text I preferred "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Gunaratana, which introduces insight meditation through the context of the three illusions rather than the Four Noble Truths, and provides more guidance on the meditation practice itself. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a broad range of new topics discussed by Fronsdal in this book, including essays on specific emotions, such as fear and anger, and the outward practice of Theravada Buddhism as Excellent and inspiring.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a broad range of new topics discussed by Fronsdal in this book, including essays on specific emotions, such as fear and anger, and the outward practice of Theravada Buddhism as compassion towards others as opposed to individual practice, the path more commonly emphasized in America. Jan 12, Charles Kingsley rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book.
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I've read a number of buddhist teachers and they all seem to have something specific to offer. While this book did not impact me as say Shunryu Suzuki's writing tends to, it was quite refreshing in it's clarity. Fronsdal was the teacher who first convinced me to give buddhism a real chance largely because his clarity and skill at connecting with a western mind allowed me to understand where I had some misconceptions. A good book for any practicing buddhist, a great I really enjoyed this book.
A good book for any practicing buddhist, a great book for introducing someone to buddhism. Apr 23, Sylvia Kuras rated it really liked it. Luckily we are now far enough along with Buddhist teachings that there are many practitioners and good teachers in the Western world. Gil Fronsdal appears to be such an individual who has spent many years in earnest practicing and teaching.
There is much to gain from this book for the uninitiated to the topic. Since many do not live near a center with the benefit of a teacher or community, books can be of great benefit for any one wanting to learn more. Mar 27, Aimee Jackson rated it it was amazing Shelves: personal-growth. This is a small but powerful book that distills the essence of Buddhist mindfulness practice into clear and accessible essays.
I looked forward to greeting each morning by savoring one or more essays over tea to put myself into a positive frame of mind for the rest of the day. The nuggets of wisdom are too numerous to count - nearly every page is marked to return to for further insight. Very highly recommended.
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