Brain Training with the Buddha

A Modern Path to Insight Based on the Ancient Foundations of Mindfulness
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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The essential guide to training your brain for mindfulness - modern, science-based, and with no Buddhism required.

Publisher’s note: Brain Training with the Buddha was previously published in hardcover as The Foundations of Mindfulness.

Lifelong meditation teacher Eric Harrison intimately understands the benefits of mindfulness, from improved focus and better judgment to relaxation and inner peace. He’s helped tens of thousands of students to achieve these goals by rooting his practice in the Buddha’s original text on how to meditate and live mindfully: The Satipatthana Sutta.

Brain Training with the Buddha offers a secular perspective on this ancient wisdom that requires no familiarity with Buddhism itself - only openness to the Buddha’s original teachings. Harrison’s translation of this sutta (the first in modern English) comes with guidance for anyone looking to train their mind by applying its 13 steps to mindful living today. 

©2015, 2017 Eric Harrison (P)2017 Vibrance Press

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A comprehensive book on meditation

I started meditation with Eric Harrison's two CD set: “How to Meditate. Part 1: The Basic Kit”. As I gradually savored the benefit of meditation under Eric's calm voice, I found out this comprehensive book from Eric again, which is written with his over 40-year teaching experience of mindfulness for over 30,000 students. I highly recommend this book (and his meditation CD as well). His book is written in an informative way on meditation, but is also easy to understand with crystal clear language.

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Pompous & Condescending

I'd like to give Sean Runnette the benefit of the doubt; however, I suspect his tone of voice adds to the condescension. The self-admittedly pedantic obsession with word-choice makes the entire book a pointless argument about the meaning of the word judgment. He questions the legitimacy of everyone's work and criticizes the levels of thought of entire swaths of society as "childish". Language is alive. Get over yourself.

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Too critical and judgemental

Yes, no mind above your own, but that does not mean not listening to other teachers or putting them down to justify your own narrow position. No feeling of freedom here

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