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The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: a handbook of mental training based on the the buddha's way of mindfulness, With an Anthology of Relevant Texts translated from the Pali and Sanskrit.

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This is a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation. It is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits. It includes a concise explanation of clear comprehension, which is the kind of mindfulness you use in the course of your daily life. It also presents an easily understandable explanation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

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Paperback, 223 pages
Published June 1st 1973 by Weiser Books (first published 1969)
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Katie
I received this book for free as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

So glad to find out I won this book, and can't wait to start reading! I'll update this with a review once I finish.
Alex
This book is more difficult than most of the Buddhist books I've been reading. It takes a decidedly theoretical approach both in content and tone. However, it introduced me to some useful concepts, such as cultivating an attitude of "Bare Attention" to whatever arises in your mind, without adding extra judgments. If judgment arises, you simply try to notice that with Bare Attention.
Leon M
I read "The Heart of Buddhist Meditation" because Erich Fromm repeatedly mentions and recommends the book in his various works from "To Have or To Be" to "The Art of Being".

Author's writing books on meditation always have a hard job because meditation is something so inherently practical that, actually, you can only really learn about it by doing it. "The Heart of Buddhist Meditation" has an even more difficult job because it focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of the satipatthna meditation
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Keegan
I read this because I am a sheep (it's on Sam Harris' recommended booklist). Best book on meditation I've ever read. I have this problem where I only believe things I read in books, so no matter how many times Shugen tells us to "maintain the thread of concentration" through sesshin, I don't listen. But I listen to Nyanaponika Thera.

I just spent three days in an empty room, and I couldn't have been peachier. I am totally enthused to rock out the last four months at ZMM.
Brendan
one of the better commentaries on the sattipatthana sutta i've read; the writing is clear and concise, geared somewhere in the middle ground between hardcore buddhist scholar and curious neophyte. if you've had at least an introduction to sutta-based meditation systems (vipassana, insight, etc.), this is worthwhile reading to deepen both your understanding of the technique and its connection to scriptural buddhist teaching.
Reid
An excellent exegesis of the Satipatthana Sutta. Thera has a vast experience to draw on and a very wise and specific knowledge of this sutta. Having said that, it would probably not be very interesting to those who are not familiar with Buddhist writings; he can be more than just a bit esoteric at times. But if you are interested in this sort of thing, there are, to my knowledge, few better guides.
Phillip Moffitt
This is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits. It includes a concise explanation of clear comprehension, which is the kind of mindfulness you use in the course of your daily life. It also presents an easily understandable explanation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
Craig Shoemake
A must read, foundational text for understanding satipatthana--the four foundations of mindfulness (aka vipassana). In fact, I might almost say if you've got this and put it to work, it will be a long time before you need anything else. Highly recommended.
Todd
This is an excellent book on the deeper aspects of meditation, not easy to understand without some previous experiential knowledge. This book is not for the beginner or curiosity seekers.
Robin Morris
Simply the best book on Meditation I have found. Not for the beginner, but for someone who wants more insight into the process.
Michael Sage
Excellent, if somewhat dated, interpretation of mindfulness meditation in Theravada Buddhism.
Saul
Excellent introduction to the sattipatthana sutta.
Leah
I keep re-reading this one.
Jmp
Quite scholarly.
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