In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.
On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, esteemed teacher and author Joseph Goldstein presents an audio curriculum to reveal the deeper insights of this vital sutta - and how it serves to inform and guide your own daily practice.
Goldstein sets the stage for your journey through the sutta by clarifying the Buddha's initial declaration of the "direct path" to awakening that is its promise. Through the wisdom of Buddhist masters of ancient and modern times and the expertise of his own 40-year study and practice, he shares the subtle nuances of each key term derived from the original Pali. Where do you find the ardency to sustain and balance your efforts along the path? How do you cultivate the breadth of mindfulness that makes any spiritual undertaking possible? What strengthens your perception of impermanence - both internally and externally?
With Goldstein's lucid instruction, you will discover a wellspring of profound revelations to revitalize and mature your practice, and help you bring forth its fruits in every area of your life.
On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, Goldstein introduces you to the first satipatthana, the domain of the body. Here, you will learn the cornerstone techniques for successful meditation practice, as taught by the Buddha himself.
From appropriate places and postures for practice to clear comprehension of all aspects of the body to the elements and energies that make up our physical form, Goldstein brings you to the threshold of the "ultimate truth" of our bodies.
©2012 Joseph Goldstein (P)2012 Sounds True
This is a review of the three "books" in this trilogy by J. Goldstein. What you have is a set of more then 40 lectures that take you step by step through the Satipatthana Sutta. Some focused lectures, analyze just a few words. Each lecture is 45-60 minutes long, and the audience for these lectures are students of meditation (mostly Vipassana meditation I think), some taking 7 day retreats and some 90 days. The material is at times very personal and advanced, and seems intended for students that have practiced at least 1-4 years. These lectures occurred over 3-4 years, and there is a mild amount of repetition of stories and examples in them. I did not find this repetition straining, as I listened to these lectures over a slow 4-6 month period and have revisited them. If you do not already have some experience in meditation, and practice, then much of what the lectures are about may not make sense to you. These lectures do not seem to me a place to start your study, but a place to deepen it. So if you are a beginner, put these three "book" in your wish list. Then take a class and practice for 1-4 years. A better book for beginners might be "the art of living" by W. Hart or any of the books by Pema Chodron. I am profoundly thankful the author and the group of students that made this amazing trilogy possible.
The lessens are great; engaging and peaceful. I listen to them over and over.
Note: The audio starts on Sesson 6 then proceeds to Sesson 1. If you don't mind, then it doesn't matter...
I've been an Audible junkie from way before it was cool.
That the first track is actually from the 6th lecture I believe, before the actual series begins on track 2.
And, well, that's not really a negative thing to say, right? Just a shout-out for a little IT intervention, I suppose.
Regardless, Joseph Goldstein should be a core component to your Buddhist lecture library in that he strikes the balance between very technical and very loving/open with a sincerity that you can appreciate - if you are ok with slow paced, careful formulations of words.
Probably not for those seeking fast injections of mental calm and assurances from Deepak Chopra, Dr Phil, or Eckhart Tolle.
A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!
It is, as another reviewer pointed out, not for absolute beginners. It is a series of dharma talks by Joseph Goldstein, a prominent vipassana teacher renowned for his work in the West.
Roots of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, which is also a series of talks on Buddhism.
A sense of peace, and experience. He is a teacher, and verbal transmission just seems to work better.
Being aware, being present, being compassionate.
A few earlier comments indicated that track 6 was out of place - this has been fixed and the audio plays very well.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
Essentially, this is a lecture series recorded live in front of a group, covering the basic ideas of Buddhism. At my current level, I can only imagine what the well-versed would get out of this. I've only recently really started expanding my understanding of Buddhism as part of my continuing education on the religions of the world, and I found this easy to grasp but still difficult to fully appreciate. I think that's more the nature of the teachings, however, that understanding will unfold in time with practice and repeat exposure. I found the expansion of the ideas presented to be of immense value. To my mind, this might be as easy as it gets, if one can truly say such a thing of this system.
Great help for practice. Excellent and clear narration. As a beginner in the practice I found it refreshing that I could follow the narration and the teachings
He's got a gentle, interesting voice taking you through...something between a speech and a conversation. At first, I objected to the lack of a more book-like organization, but he grew on me. There are too many things here that sneak up on you and suddenly, "I needed to hear that!" strikes like a gong, and you back up and listen, and think, and perhaps write it down. Or just stop - "I've got to think about that for awhile."
I'm glad I bought it. Also, too many narrators simply don't read this subject well, usually professional readers that don't add anything - or a translator that needs to hire one! Here, we get to hear a wise man relate things that he finds useful and provocative - extremely valuable. And it would only work in audio.
Recommended to those who know at least something about Buddhism. I'm not a Buddhist myself, at least in the religious sense, but I find they have some of the world's best advice.
Very enlightening work. Wonderfully read. May you Joseph Goldstein be filled with loving kindness, may you be well in body and mind, may you be safe from danger and be at peace and truly happy.
"Precision Engineering for the 21st Century Mind"
Owning it; knowing it; letting it go.
The meditation bell....coming and going without error.
In Emptiness, no-one can hear your Noble Silence.
This is a superb presentation of the 'body contemplations'. An absolute must listen for all genuine lovers of dhamma. Goldstein makes a lot of sense and knows his subject extremely well.
"Beyond the cheesy-grin type of self-help book"
If you have had enough of various simplistic books that tell you the world will deliver your wildest dreams or whatever you want if you just ask, and instead you want tough love, then this is a book for you. Joseph Goldstein has lots of experience and knowledge of Buddhism - an approachable, interesting, scientifically credible spiritual tradition that is 2,500 years old. Goldstein makes the Buddha's teachings fresh and accessible and provides new ways of thinking about a range of life's ups and downs. A gem of a book and a treat to listen to Joseph's wry, self-deprecating humour as he explains his encounters with ancient wisdoms.
"Not what I was looking for"
Only made it to chapter 3 - more of a Buddhism/ Buddhist terminology descriptive piece
"Clear and to the point"
Excellent teacher - speaking very directly
Bears multiple listening so excellent value
I've ticked 5 stars for story just so the recommendation sticks at 5 stars
"An inspiring and engaging exploration............."
I have really appreciated how Joseph Goldstein has brought clarity and interest to the teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta.
The talks have proved to be a very helpful and insightful way to deepen my own knowledge and understanding of the Mindfulness teachings - a must for all mindfulness teachers and students.
Joseph offers his own experiences to explain and highlight the teachings from the sutta and often with a sense of gentle humour.
The talks are offered in chapters covering a specific teaching and are therefore more easy to listen to and digest. I am sure I will be listening to them many times in the future as I sense there will always be something new to learn each time.
Having listened to this first volume I am keen to continue listening to the others.
Love it. The narrator is very clear and in slowly. Very useful practise.
Will listen to a next volume.
"Practical and interesting"
Did it change my life? Probably not its just a book. It did give insight and helps to frame a Buddhist way of thinking.
To truly benefit I think you need to go to India and have your own teacher which I will check out but for now I'll by the next book in the series.
The stories are nice to listen to its sharing knowledge and Joseph tells the story well.
These talks by Joseph Goldstein really help to consolidate the significance of The Foundations of Mindfulness. He draws upon many personal and historical Masters' examples to highlight the everyday application of this very important sutta. If you practice mindfulness these talks will enrich your understanding and in particular your practice. His book 'Mindfulnes' are based on these lectures, i guess that book is an abridged version of this particular series in Abiding in Mindfulness .Really helps to integrate Buddhist Psychology with meditative practice. Therefore life changing.
A fantastic, life changing work. Detailed, insightful and appreciated very much.
I have enjoyed all volumes in this series.
"Absolute rubbish and a pure waste of money."
Contrived nonsense by a 'wannabe' yogi
By shutting his mouth
Mmmmm, let me think. No, I don't think so.
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