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Unlimiting Mind: The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism

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Both broad and deep, this eye-opening book is one of the best available overviews of the radical psychological teachings underlying the Buddhist approach to freedom and peace. Sophisticated without being daunting, brilliantly clear without becoming simplistic, Andrew Olendzki's writing is filled with rich phrases, remarkable images, and the fruits of decades of careful tho ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published April 10th 2010 by Wisdom Publications (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sep 05, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great exploration of Buddhist ontology and the psychology of meditation. Author unpacts core Buddhist teachings, like the three marks of existence, and various key Pali terms illuminating the Buddha's understanding of reality and mind. Suffering comes from the process of our concept-making mind freezing and fixing the flux of phenomena into graspable entities, images, or ideas, to which we become attached to and build into stories of the "world" and our "selves". This is delusion. I like his dis ...more
One of the best books on Buddhism I've read.
Steve Woods
Now after many years of practice when there has been a great deal of change and I can look back over the confused and tentative path I have followed it is clear to me that whatever transformation of this person that has taken place has been "the child of two parents;its mother the empirical observation of meditative experience, while its father is an inspired organizing intellect." Both have been for me indispensable. The inspiration of that intellect has been drawn from my many readings. It is ...more
Frank Jude
This is a generally wonderful book on the more psychological teachings of (mainly) early buddhism. His concluding section on the Abhidhamma understanding of "mindfulness" is itself a valuable contribution and much needed corrective to the white-washing of the concept as it grows ever more 'mainstream.' If you think "mindfulness" is simply paying non-reactive attention to experience, you are missing the heart of the concept!

His sections on "Self and Non-Self" and "Karma" are also solid as is the
Kenny Chan
I believe there are more books on the psychology of Buddhism than for any other religion. This particular one is among the best that I've read. It is a collection of essays, each a gem of insight, illuminating a different facet of Buddhism. The author, a life-long Pali scholar, is able to give first-hand translations of important concepts directly from the Pali scriptures, using language that is is fresh, current and compelling. This is a highly recommended read for anyone interested in core tea ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Lucas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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my 1st book on psychology of Buddhism. Pretty interesting as it presents Buddhism teaching for -presumably- non Buddhist westerner. I am not claiming that I understand 100% but I had start somewhere ain't I?
Karen Merriam
May 30, 2013 Karen Merriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was immensely helpful in developing my understanding of the psychology of Buddhism.
Stephen Mcgovern
Disappointed it didn't hang together better but some excellent insights among his essays.
Feb 02, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
An extremely intellectual approach to Buddhism. Review:
May 05, 2011 Kat is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
the most clearly written book about buddhist psychology ive encountered
Wonderful profound small chapters to take in. Easier to digest this way.
Nov 08, 2011 Anittah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anittah by: Buddhadharma
Apr 23, 2012 Egil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book on the Buddhist Abihdamma teachings.
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“As much as the scientific community currently enthralled with mindfulness would like to set aside the ethical component of the Buddhist tradition to focus their studies on the technology of meditation, we can see from this Abhidhamma treatment of the subject that true mindfulness is deeply and inextricably embedded in the notion of wholesomeness. Although the brain science has yet to discover why, this tradition nonetheless declares, based entirely on its phenomenological investigations, that when the mind is engaged in an act of harming it is not capable of mindfulness. There can be heightened attention, concentration, and energy when a sniper takes a bead on his target, for example, but as long as the intention is situated in a context of taking life, it will always be under the sway of hatred, delusion, wrong view (ditthi, 19), or some other of the unwholesome factors. Just as a tree removed from the forest is no longer a tree but a piece of lumber, so also the caring attentiveness of mindfulness, extracted from its matrix of wholesome co-arising factors, degenerates into mere attention.” 0 likes
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