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Meditation: It's not just a way to relax, or to deal with life's problems. Done correctly, it can be a way to radically encounter bliss and to begin - and sustain - real transformation in ourselves.

In Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, self-described meditation junkie Ajahn Brahm shares his knowledge and experience of the jhanas - a core part of the Buddha's original meditation teaching. Never before has this material been approached in such an empowering way, by a teacher of such authority and popularity.

Full of surprises, delightfully goofy humor, and entertaining stories that inspire, instruct, and illuminate, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond will encourage those new to meditation, and give a shot in the arm to more experienced practitioners as well.

©2006 Ajahn Brahm (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Meditation for whatever stage you are at.

Explanations and understandings by Ajahn Brahm is always an enjoyable experience. very informative. Very Good.

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The best from Ajahn Brahm

The best book on meditation ever. Highly inspiring. Makes you want to start meditating immediately

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Just the book I was looking for

Well written and brilliantly narrated. This book is one of the best in describing mindfulness. This book explaines every thing you need to do and go through within meditation, and the benifits of meditation where well explained. This book is easy to understand and listen too. I will read it againg.

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True detailed path to freedom

Thank you greatly to Ajahn Brahm for writing this book.
The wisdom, clarity and detailed instruction how to meditate made this book unique.
Peter Wickham is a brilliant narrator.

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  • Yetanotherguy
  • 03-11-16

one in a thousand

I'm a serious beginner mediator, I've spent the last month or two blocked. This book has just been so very helpful with so much I need to work on. I have read literally about 100 dharma books, there are a huge amount of good and very good ones but this is among the very best. if you only listen to a few I strongly recommend this and a trilogy called "Abiding in Mindfulness" by Joseph Goldstein. Also Ajahn Chas "Food for the Heart". seriously, try listening to these, they likely will change your life. Metta!

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  • Matthew
  • 25-04-17

Simply beautiful

Ajahn brahm never fails to deliver simple straightforward instructions on letting go. This book has changed my life and it could yours as well

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  • Jason
  • 26-12-16

best Meditation book I've read

there are many great books on meditation but this is my favorite because of the ease of learning. ajahn brahm makes things very easy to understand with his stories, analogies, and conversational writing style. anyone can learn from it. plus he teaches with grace and compassion for all.

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  • Abu Nasim
  • 15-06-19

excellent guide to meditation

A meditation guide that explores the profoudness of the jhanas in a clear way. More than a generic meditation guide that discusses the 5 hinderances, it also discusses the 5 jhana factors and the path that leads to jhana. meditation is a journey that needs to be traversed. This book does a great job presenting the sign posts and markers of meditative achievement; as reflected within the Theravadin tradition. Overall, this is an excellent book I would recommend to anyone looking to understand the path to realizing jhana in their own life; and ultimately, moving towards liberation and parinirvana.

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  • Gordon Jones
  • 02-09-16

what a wonderful perspective of mindfulness

very helpful for mediators, it explains all of the stages one will experience, beautifully written

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  • Shanwhit
  • 11-10-17

Best Guide to Mindfulness In my collection yet.

Meditation is a difficult discipline to practice. This book explains the stages of developing skills to successful meditation. If you are interested in meditation, I recommend this book.

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  • Brian
  • 10-11-20

Excellent

Ajahn Brahm is an amazing teacher and his explanation of personal experiences in meditation and stories about his years as a student under Ajahn Chah make this book SO worthwhile.

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  • Daryl
  • 02-12-20

Review for serious students and teachers

The author summorizes insight from his readings.

Clearly he has read deeply into the middle way literature. He presents as though he were experiencing, or has experienced what he has read about.

Instead, I would suggest that this is an academic novel of meditative experience.

Working teachers see this phenomenon where a student embraces the fancy of meditation, but doesn't put in the time meditating. This is that.

As a result, while it may encourage a student initially, it doesn't explain how exactly to meditate, or what exactly to expect. It's like someone who never tasted peanut butter, but read all about it wrote a book of poetry about the amazing taste of peanut butter.

Please read "The Mind Illuminated" or "The Science of Enlightenment" available here on Audible by searching those titles. These were written by teachers who put in the work.

In addition to the above there is a library of excellent explanations of meditation, including tutorials, among the various writings of the Dali Lama also available here on Audible. They are harder to filter through as they are so varied and aren't always titled in an intuitive manner.

Bless this author for any he has helped to become interested.

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  • Patrick L.
  • 09-05-20

boring

interested in the topic but was not for beginners and a bit long winded. second half felt longer