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The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science

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, crystallizing the entire meditative journey into 10 clearly-defined stages. The book also introduces a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, and uses illustrations and charts to help the reader work through each stage. This manual is an essential read for the beginner to the seasoned veteran of meditation and can be read from front to back, or used as a reference guide, choosing chapters as needed based on the current state of the reader’s practice.

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Hermit says:

The most brilliant book about meditation ever written! I have never met Culadasa or anyone associated with him. I have practiced meditation for at least several years in each of seven different traditions, including every major wing of Buddhism except Tibetan. “The Mind Illuminated” is the most brilliant book about meditation ever written, in any language, in any century. There is absolutely no Asian religion stuff, although crucial traditional meditation technical terms are referenced and explained when helpful. Straight up meditation,…

K. Knox says:

In a league of its own The subtitle here, “A Complete Meditation Guide,” understates this astonishing book’s comprehensiveness and profundity by half. This is a 475 page long magnum opus that’s exponentially more useful than all of the previous guides to meditation I’ve read (and I’ve read plenty, having been involved in Buddhist study and practice since the early 1970’s).For a newcomer to meditation this book is the best possible introduction as well as a lifelong companion. For someone with…

Cliff Wallshein says:

An amazing must have book for both the beginning and advanced mediator. Instant classic ! After 40 years of meditation practice I could only wonder why I wasn’t taught how to correctly meditate by any of the Zen, Tibetan or Insight teachers that I have studied with. By correct I don’t want to imply that they were doing ”it” wrong, just that I was never offered a clear detailed method where one could monitor what stage meditation they were in and how to adjust their practice accordingly to consistently progress on the contemplative path.Culadasa and…

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