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In simple and straightforward language, Bhante Gunaratana shares the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness and how we can use these principles to improve our daily lives, deepen our mindfulness, and move closer to our spiritual goals. Based on the classic Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most succinct yet rich explanations of meditation, Bhante's presentation is nonetheless thoroughly modern. The Satipatthana Sutta has become the basis of all mindfulness meditation, and Bhante unveils it to the listener in his trademark "plain English" style. Contemplating the Four Foundations of Mindfulness - mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of the mind, and of phenomena themselves - is recommended for all practitioners. Newcomers will find The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English lays a strong groundwork for mindfulness practice and gives them all they need to get started right away, and old hands will find rich subtleties and insights to help consolidate and clarify what they may have begun to see for themselves. People at every state of the spiritual path will benefit from listening to this book.

©2012 Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Straight forward guide...

A non fluffy no nonsense guide to mindfulness, suited to those who want to hear the hardcore facts of what it is and isn't. Thank you for the time and effort put into this

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Complex and hard going

I really struggled with this audio book, perhaps it would be better in paper.
I feel that if this was my first exposure to mindfulness I wouldn't bother. There is lots of theory and details of the Buddhist way, but I wanted more practical assistance in what and how to do mindfulness.

it's possible that this book wasn't right for me and what I wanted from it. I do not believe that the material was very accessible.

I definitely got the feeling that the key is to believe everything is impermanent and therefore, do not waste your time and energy on it, this appears to be a mantra throughout.

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not for me

Definitely for people you meditate for years. not for people who just started the journey.

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Excellent summary covering satipattana sutta

Clear, helpful and easy to listen to.

The context is the satipattana sutta, foundations of mindfulness. Very handy in that context, for mindfulness of body, emotions, thoughts, conditions.
Also, I found it useful for qigong.

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  • Marguerite
  • 05-09-20

Great help for establishing an effective mindfulness practice

Part of a series written in an easy to understand manner by the author, that is also engaging to listen to thanks to the comforting voice of the narrator. I tend to repeatedly listen and practice in order to assimilate the instructions. The length may be short in listening duration but not in information. It has really helped my meditation practice and I think even if you are established in your practice it’s still good as a consolidated double check. I am most grateful to those who take the time to help the rest of us along. Thanks!

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  • mchampion
  • 08-03-21

Great Eye-OPener...

I found this read very interesting and plain English. I will definitely utilize this method throughout the day. My new go-to book.

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  • Colton
  • 18-07-21

Buddhist Mysticism =/= Mindfulness

This book is much more concerned about Buddhist history and philosophy than general mindfulness. It expresses outdated, controversial, and sometimes dangerous opinions with certainty. I've never refused to finish an audiobook until this one.

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  • JK
  • 27-05-21

Recommend

This books is well written. Lots of information and guidelines for day to day living. I will return to parts of this book again. Thanks to all involved for making this book available to us, JK

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  • Corinne Radziejewski
  • 26-04-21

Good easy listening!

It is just as the title says: easy to understand and a good reading performance.

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  • RandyLynn A. Barron
  • 17-03-21

Thank you

Making this book part of my catalog price has changed me for the better! Thank you!

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  • Anthony
  • 19-02-21

Amazing book!

I loved everything about this book. I also love the authors other books mindfulness in plain English and beyond mindfulness in plain English. Highly recommended for anyone who practices meditation regularly or wants to learn:)

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  • Lynn Yap
  • 09-12-20

Good book

This is a good book to read or listen to if you are a beginner in Buddhism and wish to understand the four foundations of Buddhism. This book is easy to listen to 👍👍👍