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The Mind Illuminated

A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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The Mind Illuminated is a comprehensive, accessible and - above all - effective book on meditation, providing a nuts-and-bolts stage-based system that helps all levels of meditators establish and deepen their practice. Providing step-by-step guidance for every stage of the meditation path, this uniquely comprehensive guide for a Western audience combines the wisdom from the teachings of the Buddha with the latest research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. 

Clear and friendly, this in-depth practice manual builds on the nine-stage model of meditation originally articulated by the ancient Indian sage Asanga, crystallising the entire meditative journey into 10 clearly-defined stages. This manual is an essential listen for beginners and seasoned veterans of meditation alike.

©2015 John Charles Yates (P)2017 Tantor

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  • David Mason
  • 04-03-19

A complete meditation manual

I am an experienced meditator and thought that I had a solid foundation to work from until encountered this book. I scrapped my practice and started right back at stage one. Now at stage 4 I am really impressed and progressing with confidence. This book is backed up by a Reddit group, Culadasa's own web page. He is training teachers in this method. He can also be found on Youtube and Soundcloud. So whether your goal is to have more peace in your life or you are on a quest for enlightenment this book and its extra resources is fantastic.

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  • Clive
  • 09-21-19

Culadasa holds our hand through the troublesome thickets of starting, developing and truly refining our meditation practice

As one experienced meditation teacher said, Is there really that much to write about ‘just sitting’?
Turns out, if you have truly walked the path, and you have also deep professional insight into brain science, yes there is.
This is a profound exploration of the Buddhist path of meditation practice that for those drawn to it, will really act as a huge aid and guide along the hard and sometimes dispiriting thickets of the serious meditators journey.
It will, no doubt, be a book to return to time and again as on stumbles dusts oneself down and yet again returns to the cushion.
Highly recommended.

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  • Mark
  • 09-21-19

Audible + Paperback combo!

Excellent and comprehensive. The physical book is large and somewhat intimidating. Yet the illustrations are valuable. I found it beneficial to combine this (smooth) narration with the physical book as guide. :)

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  • Robert.sheppard
  • 08-21-19

Please read and digest.

This book is fantastic.
It has helped me immensely.
It will help you, if you believe and follow the process.

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  • lilacliping
  • 07-16-19

20% Meditation, 80% Brain Science

If your aim is to learn to meditate, this is not the book for you. Look for books that don't have "brain science" in the title. One such book that has helped me profoundly is Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola. The title says it all.