he systematic four-stage training of attention is the only way to Enlightenment.? ? The Buddha. The Foundations of Mindfulness, or the Satipatthana Sutta, is the Buddha?s original DIY manual on the subject. 2500 years later, it is still the most comprehensive and lucid explanation of mindfulness available to us. It contains 21 training exercises for clearly observing the body, emotions, states of mind and thought.
Because they are so practical, they can easily be extracted from their monastic context, and adapted to our quite different 21st Century purposes. The modern mindfulness movement and 10-day Vipassana retreats draw their authority from The Foundations of Mindfulness. Unfortunately, almost nobody now reads it. The common translation is in Victorian English that is virtually indecipherable to non-experts.
As a result, modern mindfulness owes more to the Zen practice of ?Just Sitting?, and knows little about the Buddha?s more sophisticated approach. Eric Harrison first translated The Foundations of Mindfulness into workable English in 1975.
He made it the basis of his personal practice and his teaching career. After working with it for forty years, he now presents this new translation and commentary. This may be the first such book on The Foundations of Mindfulness that is not written by a monk or a Buddhist.
Eric Harrison established the Perth Meditation Centre in 1987, and has since taught 25,000 people how to meditate. He has worked extensively in the corporate world, and his books have been translated into 14 languages. Eric has specialised in the use of mindfulness for anxiety and clarity of thought. He is a ordinary Western sceptic who believes that science and critical thinking give us the best tools available for understanding the mind.
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