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Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra

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"Whatever you are doing should be done mindfully, dynamically, with totality and completeness. Then it becomes meditation. It is not thinking, but experiencing from moment to moment, living from moment to moment, without clinging, without condemning, without judging."--Munindra

Anagarika Munindra (1915-2003) was a Bengali Buddhist master and scholar who became one of the mo
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Shambhala
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Peter Clothier
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Things do seem to happen as they are supposed to, in their own peculiar time. A review copy of Mirka Knaster’s Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra, was mailed to me last year, but mysteriously failed to reach me. Perhaps I was not ready to receive it at the time, who knows? In any event, a replacement did reach me this past week, at a moment when I had the right amount of time to devote to it.

And reading it reminded me of another, much bigger and more significant time lapse
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Rich
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a gift this book is. Like the life of the beloved Vipassana (Insight) meditation teacher Anagarika Munindra, “Living This Life Fully” combines scholarship with meditation practice. Its unique format focuses each of the sixteen chapters on a different quality of the awakened mind and heart, and tells the story of how Munindra taught and embodied these qualities through the words of his students. In the process we learn about how to understand and practice these qualities ourselves: mindfulne ...more
Kate
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was one of Munindraji's many students. He was dear to me and this book opened his life up to me--new respect and more love. At the same time I wish Knaster hadn't shrunk from digging into some of his human foibles and mistakes. She frequently alludes to 'problems' and then moves on. I understand not wanting to speak ill of the dead, yet it would have felt more truthful and satisfying, a true biography of a human being and less a hagiography that keeps talking about its subject's humanity had s ...more
Matthew WK
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really great mix of biography, Buddhism, and inspiration for those on a spiritual path. I recently read the biography on Dipa Ma, and while good, this one on Munindra is much more detailed and I found much enjoyment in it.
David Guy
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Munindra was the meditation teacher for Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, and a number of other American vipassana teachers. He is definitely an admirable person, and an inspiration; he has a remarkable life story. This book--composed of stories that his students told--is probably about a third too long; the stories just go on and on, and they're all admiring. Apparently Mirka Knaster didn't want to leave anyone out. Still, I found it an inspiring book to my meditation practice ...more
Crista
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gift to the world. Munindra is the personification of dharma.
Anissa New-Walker
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Living this life in a state of being present and in full meditation. A beautiful testimony of how to live life to our fullest.
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