In This Very Life: Liberation Teachings of the Buddha

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Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita shows us that freedom is as immediate as breathing, as fundamental as a footstep. In this book he describes the path of the Buddha and calls all of us to that heroic journey of liberation. Enlivened by numerous case histories and anecdotes, In This Very Life is a matchless guide to the inner territory of meditation - as described by the Buddha.
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Sayadaw U. Pandita is the abbot of Panditarama Monastery and Meditation Center in Rangoon, Burma, where he lives. He is a treasured teacher to many students around the world.

Kate Wheeler is the author of Not Where I Started From and When Mountains Walked. She has received a Guggenheim award, an NEA, a Whiting Award, and two O. Henry Awards. She lives near Boston and teaches meditation retreats around the country and in Mexico.

Aggacitta Bhikkhu is a Malaysian Theravada monk ordained in Rangoon, Burma, in 1979 and trained by Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Tissara, Sayadaw U Acinna among others. He studied advanced Pali and translation in Thai and Burmese under Sayadaw U Dhammananda in Thailand, from 1983 to 1984. In 2000, he founded Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts, where he continues as one of the resident guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students, he established the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and, later, The Forest Refuge. A seminal figure in the emergence of Buddhism in the West, Joseph is the author of numerous books including One Dharma. He lives in Barre, Massachusetts.
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Simon and Schuster
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Jan 30, 2012
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Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Philosophy / Buddhist
Religion / Buddhism / Rituals & Practice
Religion / Buddhism / Theravada
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Everything you ever wanted to know but never had a chance to ask about meditation, from one of the premiere mindfulness and meditation teachers in the Theravada tradition.

How can I fit meditation into my busy life?
How should I understand karma and rebirth?
Do I need to attain special jhana states to benefit from meditation?
What is ‘stream-entry’ and what actually happens?
Is enlightenment even possible for me?

Sound familiar? If you’ve ever meditated, or even thought about it, you may have found yourself asking these questions (and many more!). Good news: there are answers—and you’ll find them all in this book. This book is for you.

Imagine that you had an unhurried meeting with one of Buddhism’s most accomplished, erudite, and plainspoken teachers—and imagine that he patiently agreed to answer any question you had about meditation, living mindfully, and many key Buddhist concepts—and myriad brilliant questions you’ve never thought to ask!

After nine decades of Buddhist practice and leadership, Bhante Gunaratana, author of the worldwide bestseller Mindfulness in Plain English and more than a dozen other books, is that teacher—and What, Why, How is a polished and easy-to-read presentation of exactly that encounter.

The questions themselves are thoughtful, intelligent, and relatable, on topics ranging from psychological to the doctrinal, from practical to personal—and everything in between. And Bhante G’s answers are always in his signature “plain English” style—even when they dive deep into texts and teachings.

What, Why, How contains a wealth of simple yet powerful insights and practices that you can incorporate into daily life to end unhealthy patterns and habits and transform your experience of the world—from your own mind to your relationships, your job, and beyond.
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