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The book that best-selling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves "brings the path of meditation to life", The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a road map for anyone interested in achieving the benefits of mindfulness. Dr. John Yates offers a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, including steps to overcome mind wandering and dullness, extending your attention span while meditating, and subduing subtle distractions. This groundbreaking manual helps you work through each stage of the process, offering tools that work across all types of meditation practices.

The Mind Illuminated is essential listening, whether you are a beginner wanting to establish your practice or a seasoned veteran ready to master the deepest state of peace and mindfulness.

©2015 John Charles Yates (P)2017 Tantor

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"A systematic, hands-on manual, The Mind Illuminated will be a great help to anyone who wants to completely fathom the process of meditative development in all its stages." (Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness)

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the most useful guide to the mind

This is the best mediation manual I've read, and I've been through a lot. It gives a nod to tradition but also dives deep into the psychological transformation that happens during meditation and explains the phenomenon that you will experience. it also gives very detailed and explicit instructions for each stage and warns about some traps that exist.

I found in stage 5 a trap that my father had been in for decades, and is now moving past! It's a great read and even better listen since the narrator makes you feel like he's instructing you directly.

The glossary and index make it a great reference manual, so I purchased both printed and audio book. I can't wait to meet and speak to Culadasa, interestingly enough he trained with the same teacher I did when I was a kid, Kama Ananda.

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A Great Guide

Very practical and smart. Simple step by step system presents a very logical process, yet the author only says what is necessary to lead one to deep and profound levels of understanding. not much fluff and vibey language. I'll listen to it several times.

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Brilliant mediation guide!

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I've been looking for comprehensive guide to meditation for years and know that found one now. By far the best book on meditation you can find. I've bought several hard copies of the book to be able to give as a gift.

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If you could only choose one book this would be it

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Since initially listening to this book, I've also listened to several others regarding meditation and Buddhism. I find myself repeatedly going back to listen to sections of this book for clarification of ideas and concepts.
The multiple 'interludes' in the book seem to be the most useful. The book also gives a meditator a good feel for what to expect at different stages of meditative development and how to overcome challenges. Without the information in this book a person would need a very highly qualified meditation teacher to be able to properly understand and navigate the various stages.

This is a very useful book!

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Extremely helpful!

I read this book before and listened to the book after my ten-day vipassana meditation retreat. I got more out of the retreat because I read this book. I continue to listen to this book in my car for ongoing solidification of my practice and for inspiration when I drift from the habit of daily meditation. Thank you for making a difference in my life!

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READ this book - LISTENING does not illuminate

my Amazon Echo ordered this book (presumably based on my Kindle order, "Mindfulness.....", by Jon Kabat-Zin

Pain seems to be the central theme - how to meditate if you are a person in constant excruciating pain. I'm never in pain and have no clue why "Alexa" chose this - listening to it is causing me a lot of pain!! The subject "suttle dullness or progressive subtle dullness" and the multiple "antidotes" to rid the mind of multiple forms of "dullness"

I've now listened for 30 minutes - this book is for people who are currently receiving intence phychiatric treatment - inpatient, I should think - listening to the voice reading this book may cause institutionalization.

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Well produced, but probably better to read this instead of listening to it.

I had the sense multiple times during listening to this that I’d be better off with a physical book version instead. I feel like this book requires more digestion than is possible in an audiobook format.

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Very detailed guide -- a bit too much

Probably need to have a pre-existing practice going before reading this book. I think Yates gives a detailed description of perhaps his path and some other individuals' paths, but I think he makes it a bit too complex (when you start wondering whether you are experiencing "subtle dullness" or "subtle progressive dullness", you probably are missing the mark). There were a lot of useful nuggets in here, but might make your head spin in the process.

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Nothing about ending birth. Nothing about nibbana.

And Culadasa doesn't seem all that selfless now that the sex scandals are known. Stick with Ajahn Brahm.

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Excellent guidebook to meditation and awakening

this is the most usefull guidebook to mediation and awakening I've experienced. i highly recommend it.

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