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Freedom from suffering is not only possible, but the means for achieving it are immediately within our grasp - literally as close to us as our own breath. This is the 2,500-year-old good news contained in the Anapanasati Sutra, the Buddha's teaching on cultivating both tranquility and deep insight through full awareness of breathing. In this book, Larry Rosenberg brings this timeless meditation method to life. Using the insights gained from his many years of practice and teaching, he makes insight meditation practice accessible to modern practitioners.

©1998 Larry Rosenberg (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Instructive yet Disheartening

If you're looking for a step-by-step approach based on the Buddha Dharma, you've got it. Rosenberg goes straight to the Anapanasati Sutta (the go-to sutta on breath meditation), breaks it down in depth, covers various levels of interpretation, and provides a couple of practical approaches to implementing it. That's great.

What isn't so great is that Rosenberg's anecdotes about his own training and experience as a teacher make vipassana meditation sound pretty much pointless unless you're willing to devote a major chunk of you life to it. Sure, he pays a bit of lip service to the idea of meditating a mere 20 or 30 minutes a day, but he heavily advocates a steady practice of an hour or two a day and attending regular one- to three-weeklong silent retreats.

As dedicated meditator who also has a full-time job, a family, and other interests, such a practice is completely out of the question for me. While the author may not have intended his attitude to be a turn-off (and may actually sympathize with us normal people), he certainly fails to convey this. So, as instructive as it may be, I can't actually recommend this book.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 06-11-16

Best meditation book I’ve read

Simply the best book I’ve come across on breath meditation. It really gets into the nitty-gritty questions that Westerners have with “just” sitting there. He sprinkles in anecdotes from his experiences that keep the narrative moving; these are generally enlightening and often funny, as when he’s bitten by a mosquito during a meditation session where the participants aren’t allowed to move lest a monk beat them with the “stick of compassion.” And then there’s a chapter about how to incorporate everything you’ve just learned into a typically hectic life. Grade: A

The narration perfectly captures the book's vibe. In fact, I’m now seeking out Ballerini's titles simply to hear his narration of more philosophical titles.

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  • Ashley K.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 04-24-15

Beautifully Executed

The narrator of this book did a great service to the author's interesting and well written material. I listened to it several times and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the importance of taking each moment of life a breath at a time. Bravo!

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LIFE CHANGING!

Highly recommend if you feel that life is passing too fast like a runaway carousel. This book has profoundly changed my life for the better. I am so grateful for Larry Rosenberg and David Guy. Mindfulness is a way of life!

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  • RA
  • 10-04-15

The best - awesome

Edoardo has true feeling for what he reads. One of the best I have heard.

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Great tool to practice mindfulness

Pleasant narration coupled with tools and first hand experiences of journey towards mindfulness through the breath. Living in the now

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  • Stevo
  • Houston, TX
  • 09-05-17

Meditation Instruction

Although I have many, this is my go to book that I practice from. I bought it in hard copy also, so that I can go back and highlight each of the meditations described in the book Highly recommended.

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A great place to be: Breathe by Breathe

One of the best and most engaging work on Mindfulness of Breathing. Subtle and refreshing.

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Like a bible for being good

This book is Just amazing. So very good... .. Going to relisten to it in 3... 2... 1...

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comprehensive overview

I gleaned a view of where I'm at (new) along with perspectives and viewpoints to deepen and experience my practice. on my second listen. good book in my library.

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  • Irene Rixson
  • 02-04-15

Lifesaving

Loved it. Always wanted something that explained meditation in detail. Would have liked clearer explanations sometimes making it less mystical (but that could have been my ego!)

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  • Daniel Hanus
  • 02-28-16

Absolutely stunning and life changing!

Really wonderful book full of invaluable insights and served in a brilliant voice and interesting way.

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