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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. With painstaking thoroughness, Ven. Unlike more popular books on the subject, he is not out to establish the exclusive validity of one particular system of meditation as against others; his aim, rather, is to explore the sutta as a wide-ranging and multi-faceted source of guidance which allows for alternative interpretations and approaches to practice.
His analysis combines the detached objectivity of the academic scholar with the engaged concern of the practitioner for whom meditation is a way of life rather than just a subject of study. The book should prove to be of value both to scholars of Early Buddhism and to serious meditators alike. Ideally, it will encourage in both types of reader the same wholesome synthesis of scholarship and practice that underlies the author's own treatment of his subject. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 13, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: murder-weapons , meditation-etc , bedrock , leave-your-lover-and-read. The Buddha himself said he could answer questions about satipatthana without repeating himself or exhausting his answers for a whole century straight.
Could the path unto the ineffable be expected to yield an explication any easier? Fortunately, the practice itself is the best teacher, and those who have found it and thus been taught, can help The Buddha himself said he could answer questions about satipatthana without repeating himself or exhausting his answers for a whole century straight.
Fortunately, the practice itself is the best teacher, and those who have found it and thus been taught, can help illuminate the ingress for those who follow. Go find a vipassana course and then read this book. Such conceptual proliferations tend to give rise to further concoctions of proliferations and cognitions, which lead from the originally perceived sense data to all kinds of associations concerning past, present, and future.
Maintaining non-reactive awareness in this way counters the impulse towards either reaction or suppression contained in unwholesome states of mind, and thereby deactivates their emotional and attentional pull.
Practiced in this way, bare awareness of a hindrance becomes a middle path between suppression and indulgence. Important aspects of sati are bare and equanimous receptivity, combined with an alert, broad, and open state of mind. One of the central tasks of sati is the de-automatization of habitual reactions and perceptual evaluations. View all 4 comments. Aug 19, Wt rated it it was amazing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation or philosophy.
First of all, it is a faithful dissection of the original sutta, which reveals many new facets of understanding. Meditators can re-read it as they progress in practice, and each time it will reveal new facets of practice, or remind them of facets of practice they have missed.
Secondly, Ven. Analayo's careful explication of Pali terms helps students of the Dhamma to understand the teachings better.
Fi I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation or philosophy. Finally and most importantly, this book shows us how we can all develop an accurate, fresh and independent approach to and understanding of the suttas and the Dhamma, one that is rooted in study, practice and reflection.
The Buddha's instructions in the Satipatthana Sutta can seem at once cryptic and repetitive, covering as it does a seeming variety of meditation subjects which are, apparently, to be approached in much the same way.
Understanding is often further hampered by inadequate or inaccurate translations of the Pali terms. This book reveals the inner meanings encoded in the words of the sutta and their association, and in the sutta's structure and patterns of repetition and progression, elements which are usually overlooked or left out by other translators and commentators, but which have an inner meaning that is significant for practice. By carefully paying attention to each of the Buddha's original words, their arrangement and their associations, the pithy instructions suddenly become revealed in all their startling power.
There are many stories recorded of the Buddha giving pithily-worded instructions to people, like in the story of Bahiya which is recounted in this book, and the person gains immediate realization. The secret is in the attention we pay to the Buddha's words.
If we really, fully understand the words of the Buddha in the Satipathana Sutta and practice accordingly, we will, as the Buddha states confidently at the closing of the sutta, achieve realization within 7 years maximum, or even within 7 days. This book unlocks the precise meaning of each of the the Buddha's original words, so that we can experience and harness their incredible power.
It is as if we had inherited a powerful spacecraft, but couldn't quite figure out the instruction booklet and so couldn't engage some of its gears, and the inventor is gone so we can't ask him directly. But suddenly, someone decodes some of the key instructions, and the spacecraft becomes once again this instrument that is capable of taking us to the furthest reaches of outer space.
At least, this is what this book did for me, and it was both inspiring and empowering. Those who find the pages of detailed discussion too daunting to plow through can take heart: they need not try to read it in sequence from first page to last to benefit.
Like the Satipatthana subjects that they cover, the chapters of this book can actually be read in ANY order. You can read the chapter on Mindfulness, on the Hindrances, on Realization, on ANY of the topics, as you feel the need to understand these topics more because of your own meditative experiences. Read this way, the entire book is very easily consumed and digested. You will be hungry to apply to your practice what you have read, and want to read even more to help you understand or deal with your practical experience.
This way of reading fulfills the wish and intention of the author that scholarship should support practice. This book does not do away with the necessity of seeking instructions and guidance for meditation from an experienced Samatha-Vipassana teacher. What it does do is to supplement, contextualize and also clarify such instructions and guidance, once the student has progressed in meditation, and wishes to go further in their study and practice.
For such purpose, this book will be indispensable. View 1 comment. I found this at random in a local used bookstore which I do not frequent, and it seemed like one of those "buy now or never see again" opportunities. I am extremely glad I listened to that inner voice. The bibliography alone runs 21 pages. As the fruit of the author's Ph. Both the outline and depth of coverage have proved extremely useful to my own practice, as well as directly informing several meditation classes I have taught since.
It is, in my opinion, an indispensable guide. Which, for my friends, sadly means "no, you cannot borrow it. Aug 04, Jessica Zu rated it it was amazing. Finally finished rereading this masterpiece again.
This needs to be reread regularly by any Buddhist practitioners. Jul 02, Steve added it. Intense book which I will have to reread. You can get a free copy online. Nov 08, Phillip Moffitt rated it it was amazing Shelves: experienced-meditators. Analayo takes you through the teachings step-by-step.
Jun 30, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: fav-buddhist. If you only read one book on meditation in Buddhism, this is the one. It is Analayo's dissertation, so it isn't a quick read, but it is thorough, informative, and all you need to know. Not for the beginner. The Buddha's seminal discourse on the establishing of awareness and the clearing out of craving and dissolution of ego is my vote for being the most important utterances in the history of humanity.
If the importance of this work is ever superseded, I will be astonished — and delighted :. Jun 30, Katy rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism. Hands down best practical and theoretical commentary on the Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
Sep 11, james rated it it was amazing. A phenomenal book. Be prepared though, it's footnotes are as voluminous as the primary text and should most probably be referred to.
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View the eBook. This book is a thorough and insightful guide to this deceptively simple yet profound teaching. Unlike other popular books on the subject, he is not out to establish the exclusive validity of one particular system of meditation as against others. Rather, his aim is to explore the sutta as a wide-ranging and multi-faceted source of guidance which allows for alternative interpretations and approaches to practice. His analysis combines the detached objectivity of the academic scholar with the engaged concern of the practitioner for whom meditation is a way of life rather than just a subject of study.