Meditation is great - but it's not what Buddhist practice is all about. That's the message of this engaging and funny Burmese Buddhist monk, and it's a message that is finding a significant following among Westerners in the insight meditation tradition. Sayadaw U Tejaniya teaches how to bring awareness to any sort of activity in order to discover deep insight and liberation from suffering. It works in sitting meditation, but it works just as well when sorting the laundry or doing data entry.
"My teachings are nothing new," he says. "They are, as always, based on the four foundations of mindfulness: awareness of the body; awareness of feelings and sensations; awareness of mind; and understanding of dhamma or nature - i.e., mind and matter. These four foundations are as explained in the Buddha's discourse on mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta. How I offer these teachings is a reflection of my life and practice, and the way in which they are presented is to accommodate the way in which modern yogis live their lives."
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By Yixiao on 05-12-17
For years and years I have repeated come to the same conclusion on my own: it's not necessary to confine oneself to a particular place and time to practice meditation. If a person is unable to maintain awareness from moment to moment then all seated practice is in vain. Satipatthana sutta somehow confirms my view. Yet how difficult it is to do this? To use too much energy I exhaust myself completely in less than a week and to do it too casually I slip away from mindfulness in a few minutes. This book essentially offered me all tips and advices to avoid these two pitfalls.
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By Mike Shore on 26-10-16
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. This is one of the best meditation books I've read.
What did you like best about this story?
Sayadaw has a knack for dispelling confusions and pointing put the essential aspects of the practice. I really appreciate his down to earth, laid back approach to meditation.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
How open Sayadaw is about his personal life. It's really quite unique in a teavher of his caliber, and really allows you to relate.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful