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Summary

With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people listen to, love, and share - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

Bhante Gunaratana is also the author of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, and his memoir, Journey to Mindfulness.

©2011 Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Recipe For Mindfulness

Having read (and listened to) plenty of mindfulness books over the years I can say that for those who are looking for a clean and clear introduction to practical mindfulness and meditation, I haven't found a better book.

Every generation complains about how busy things are, but with the momentum of tech, the growth in choices and constant stimulation, we have never been less connected with others and what is going on in our own mind. This book helps us to step back (mentally) and be more aware of our thoughts.

It's not perfect. The chapter I found least useful was the 'What Meditation Isn't" part but the rest was pure gold and more than makes up for it. Don't expect that just reading it will solve your problems, this is just a how to...you have to do... for it to take effect. If you are not prepared to do, then it's probably worth selecting another book, maybe a thriller.

I've gifted the paperback version to friends and family because it was so helpful. I always worry that these types of books are religious, worthy or mystical, instead it was a practical and compassionate approach to managing our own minds and achieving a level of inner peace.

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A pretty good intro to mindfulness and meditation, author knows what he is talking about

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Vipasana mediation

This book is a wonderful introductory tool to meditation. It can be a first step to eventual happiness. Thank you.

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  • J
  • 15-02-18

hard to follow

Struggled to finish this. The regular inclusion of long lists of things to remember is offputting. And some of the sections are borderline gibberish in the way they are written.

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  • Chayce Knaub
  • 03-06-16

Direct, as the title suggests

This book is brimming with practical nuts and bolts advice and wisdom for someone with a regular meditation practice. It might(?) be a bit much for someone totally unfamiliar with meditation, but it would be excellent if you truly wanted to try sitting on a regular basis. There is a pretty serious discussion of concentration-one pointed attention on a single object, like the breath-as a means of strengthening mindfulness that i found very helpful. That theme of developing concentration in tandem with mindfulness and how they serve each other is something i don't think i had read or heard explained so clearly before. I would absolutely recommend this book if you sit or really no bullshit want to try sitting. I would say this book would be 100% amazing if you had tried meditating and wanted to have more direction and understand mindfulness more clearly. So, yea in that case, 100% amazing for anyone who meditates.

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  • Richard Herring
  • 24-08-16

absolutely loved it!

I've never really felt compelled to review products or servjces, but this book definitely deserves one! I absolutely love how it opened my mind to a new way of thinking and being! I read this book hoping to gain a new skill in the form of meditation and discovered sooo much more! will be recommending it to everyone feeling lost and looking for a path and purpose.

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  • Andres S
  • 22-07-16

Life changing...

This book changed how I handle my anxiety- allowed me the space and breath to be able to see things clearly and step back if needed.

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  • S.P. Dinsmoor
  • 24-08-16

excellent. one of the best books on mindfulness.

Narrator sounds like Henry Gibson, from Laugh-In. One of the best books about mindfulness on audio media. TWO THUMBS UP.

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  • John
  • 27-06-16

Excellent

Don't hesitate to get this if you want a clear guide to mindfulness and meditation.

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  • R. Claypool
  • 28-09-16

This no nonsense, empirical approach to the mind is changing my life.

This no nonsense, empirical approach to the mind is changing my life. After decades of disappointments from so called 'holy books' and religious dogma, this simple (yet difficult) task of living mindfully is giving me the satisfaction I could never find in organized, god centered religion.

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  • Jonny
  • 20-10-16

highly recommend

Good engaging narration from Edoardo Ballerini. Fantastic explanation on what mindfulness is all about. I would say a must listen/read for anyone to understand mindfulness.

I finished this book in 3 days. But it is a book you will want to and probably need to read again.
A solid foundation book on mindfulness. One that you will cherish for ever.

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  • MiniFlynny
  • 04-10-16

In plain English, but not an introduction to meditation and mindfulness.

The book was well written and well read, but at times I felt like it was a superiority it's tone and it's teaching. However, it does cover The concept of mindfulness extremely well and very thoroughly. My sense is that I will continue to get a lot out of this book as I practice my meditation over the years.

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  • Stanley
  • 14-07-16

easy to understand the fine points.

loved it. reader was pleasant to hear. i recomend it for beginners and more advanced alike.

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  • Brett Binford
  • 07-08-17

Audiolightenment

Start slow, and unexpected. Let the many ideas and concepts pass by, picking up what you need as you go. Yes, the information is heavy- but when applied every experience is lightened. There may be times where progress seems void. Continue on. Ignorance may be bliss but it is not liberation.

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