Mindfulness in Plain English
The bestselling, classic guide to insight meditation. This is a book that people give to everyone they know?a book that people talk about, write about, think about, and return to repeatedly.
With his distinctive clarity and wit, “Bhante G” takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. We already have the foundation we need to live a more productive and peaceful life?Bhante simply points to each tool of meditation, tells us what it does, and how to make it work.
This expanded edition includes the complete text of its bestselling predecessor, as well as a new chapter on the cultivation of lovingkindness, or what the author calls “loving-friendliness, an especially important subject in today’s fractious world.
Essentially, this is a book about Vipassana, or insight meditation. Many of us know someone who has attended a 10-day Vipassana retreat and said it was both the toughest and the best thing they have ever done. They usually emphasis the tough part. This news may make us wary of this type of meditation, thinking that it may only be for the more masochistic among us. But this book is not describing a retreat situation, which considerably takes the pressure off. The author explains the techniques of insight meditation clearly, discusses where difficulties may lie and how to work through them. He leaves you with understanding and also a strong hope that you can practise this meditation and gain its many benefits in the quiet space of your own meditation room.