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Publisher's Summary

Countless people worldwide have made Mindfulness in Plain English a beloved and best-selling classic in almost a dozen languages. Now, after nearly two decades, Bhante helps meditators of every stripe take their mindfulness practice to the next level - helping them go, in a word, beyond mindfulness. In the same warm, clear, and friendly style, Bhante introduces the listener to what have been known for centuries as the jhanas - deeply calm, joyous, and powerful states of meditation that, when explored with the clearly presented tools in this book, can lead to a life of insight and unshakeable peace.

©2009 Bhante Gunaratana (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Horrible Pali pronunciation

The reader must learn to pronounce Pali words correctly and leave more space before and after section headers. He does the same with "In the Buddha's Own Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi. It is hard to listen to him.

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Bad narration

Bhante Gunaratana's books are amazing. He packs tons of information in with great style and approachability. But the choice in narrators is wrong for this book. He mispronounces important key terms so often that its distracting and off-putting. For instance he pronounces jhana as gee-hana. I'd rather read the print edition.

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Must read

If your interest in meditation ! Most get for beginners or novices. It taught me so much and gave me so much motivation

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  • 10-18-16

nirvana

not a bad guide regarding mediation as a practice and using it in every day life. The story lost me at the various infinite levels of nirvana. probably not a good book for beginners to zen Buddhism.

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Excellent Guide to Deeper Meditations

A failure ofvmost Buddhism audiobooks is that the narrator doesn't learn how to pronounce Sanskrit or Pali words. He keeps calling "jahna" as "jahanna," and "annica" as "anikka." Other than that, it is good and worth revisiting

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Not user friendly.

Too many repetitive words, this could have easily been cut down to half the length with a much more simple explanation.

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Wonderful Expansive Journey

Having meditated for some time the author offers a deepening of practice. The meditations are helpful and awakening to the heart.

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Good material, awful reader

The constant mispronunciation of names/terms integral to the material (and commonplace in just about any Buddhist material) is so bad that this should be deleted and redone with a different narrator. It's blatantly obvious that this "professional" reader went ahead with no research into the words of the material and they just just shipped it as is. I would be pretty upset if I had purchased this title.

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Must have book on Mindfulness

At the beginning of the book, we are told that these teachings are not going to mean giving up your possessions, changing your religion, or promise of supernatural powers. And the author lives up to this promise, and goes beyond expectations. We are given Buddhist techniques that everyone can use to become more mindful and improve concentration.

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  • lilacliping
  • 08-09-18

A silent book

Timer clicked along but no sounds were made through out except for the beginning announcement: This is Audible. Had it replaced twice but was the same silent book every time. Customer service staff Rome was a fantastic help!

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  • 01-07-22

A beatiful explanation of Metta meditation

Truly an amazing explanation of mindfullness. This book truly shows how uncomplicated and easy mindfullness can be with a little bit of effort on daily practice.

The last 16 mins of Chapter 4 is the best Metta meditation I have observed in many books. A daily listening/practice of those 16mins does a world of good to yourself and everyone around you. Try and listen to it daily for 5-6 days and see the benefits!

Chapter 6 helped truly control anger in a unique way.
It has changed my life and hence the review!!!
Blessings to Bhante G and everyone who made this an audio book.