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
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.
The recording is missing the first 5 sessions. I returned it for a refund. I hope this problem is corrected.
"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.
"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.
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