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The Equanimous Mind

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The Equanimous Mind chronicles the author's initial experience with Vipassana meditation at a 10-day retreat and the positive impact it has had on his personal and professional life. Vipassana is the technique that The Buddha rediscovered and used to achieve enlightenment over two millennia ago. It has been revived by S.N. Goenka and taught in meditation centers around the ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 30th 2016 by Manish Chopra (first published May 1st 2011)
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Bernie Gourley
Jan 21, 2014 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it
Imagine going to a meditation center and living by the following rules:

1. You may not have access to any reading materials.

2. You may not have access to any writing materials.

3. You must leave behind cell phones, tablets, laptops, watches, radios, and other portable electronic devices.

4. While there will be other people around, you are only allowed to talk to your instructor/mentor, and mustn’t acknowledge or interact with others. You will scarcely hear a voice unless you are in meeting with you
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Mar 03, 2016 Marco Lalama rated it really liked it
A good and well-written account of the -perhaps fleeting- transformation of an overachiever into a human being. I will never understand why brilliant people, like the author of this book, fail to realize some basic notions about the act of living.

The narrator is an over-accomplished individual with -in my view- not so minor flaws in his character. By attending the Vipassana meditation workshop in India, he realizes his life was spinning "a bit" out of control. Hence, he goes through a kind of ep
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“working against this natural law to hold on to the things that we cherish and run away from the things that we dislike. Both are impermanent and our conscious mind might even understand this virtue of transience (if conditioned to do so), but the unconscious mind continues to lead us with its inherently mischievous and restless ways, which are further fuelled by our self-created and magnified sense of ego.
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