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Mindfulness in Plain English

By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people listen to, love, and share - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

Bhante Gunaratana is also the author of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, and his memoir, Journey to Mindfulness.

©2011 Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Direct, as the title suggests

This book is brimming with practical nuts and bolts advice and wisdom for someone with a regular meditation practice. It might(?) be a bit much for someone totally unfamiliar with meditation, but it would be excellent if you truly wanted to try sitting on a regular basis. There is a pretty serious discussion of concentration-one pointed attention on a single object, like the breath-as a means of strengthening mindfulness that i found very helpful. That theme of developing concentration in tandem with mindfulness and how they serve each other is something i don't think i had read or heard explained so clearly before. I would absolutely recommend this book if you sit or really no bullshit want to try sitting. I would say this book would be 100% amazing if you had tried meditating and wanted to have more direction and understand mindfulness more clearly. So, yea in that case, 100% amazing for anyone who meditates.

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absolutely loved it!

I've never really felt compelled to review products or servjces, but this book definitely deserves one! I absolutely love how it opened my mind to a new way of thinking and being! I read this book hoping to gain a new skill in the form of meditation and discovered sooo much more! will be recommending it to everyone feeling lost and looking for a path and purpose.

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Life changing...

This book changed how I handle my anxiety- allowed me the space and breath to be able to see things clearly and step back if needed.

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This no nonsense, empirical approach to the mind is changing my life.

This no nonsense, empirical approach to the mind is changing my life. After decades of disappointments from so called 'holy books' and religious dogma, this simple (yet difficult) task of living mindfully is giving me the satisfaction I could never find in organized, god centered religion.

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Excellent

Don't hesitate to get this if you want a clear guide to mindfulness and meditation.

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Interesting topic but poor presentation

The narrator had, in my opinion, added an irritating affect to his delivery that came across as phoney and put on.
Too massage parlour music.
These issues detracted from the information that was attempted to be passed along.

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excellent. one of the best books on mindfulness.

Narrator sounds like Henry Gibson, from Laugh-In. One of the best books about mindfulness on audio media. TWO THUMBS UP.

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In plain English, but not an introduction to meditation and mindfulness.

The book was well written and well read, but at times I felt like it was a superiority it's tone and it's teaching. However, it does cover The concept of mindfulness extremely well and very thoroughly. My sense is that I will continue to get a lot out of this book as I practice my meditation over the years.

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ANIEXTY, DEPRESSION, ETC, THIS BOOK WILL NOT HELP

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I have meditated for two years & has had very beneficial effects with my terrible anxiety, so was keen to learn more from this book. I cannot say how bad it is. They have taken a basic breathing style of meditation & then just mention the word Mindfulness every now & then. It has VERY little to do with Mindfulness, and does not have practical mental exercises.

Example from this book. "If a dog keeps waking you at 3.00am, do not feel anger or upset connect with the sound waves from the barking by using a faster paced counting breathing meditation!" It also mentions in some years you may release supernatural powers, I kid you not.

This has little if anything to do with Mindfulness & in my mind is a re-hash of an older book that they have just slapped Mindfulness in Plain English on the cover. I do though highly recommend a book called The Confidence Gap, read the reviews on that one & that is in plain English & is a wonderful book to help learn mediation & Mindfulness & will walk you step by step on how to deal with anxiety, depression & alike.

Avoid this one at all costs.

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easy to understand the fine points.

loved it. reader was pleasant to hear. i recomend it for beginners and more advanced alike.

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  • 11-02-17

Recipe For Mindfulness

Having read (and listened to) plenty of mindfulness books over the years I can say that for those who are looking for a clean and clear introduction to practical mindfulness and meditation, I haven't found a better book.

Every generation complains about how busy things are, but with the momentum of tech, the growth in choices and constant stimulation, we have never been less connected with others and what is going on in our own mind. This book helps us to step back (mentally) and be more aware of our thoughts.

It's not perfect. The chapter I found least useful was the 'What Meditation Isn't" part but the rest was pure gold and more than makes up for it. Don't expect that just reading it will solve your problems, this is just a how to...you have to do... for it to take effect. If you are not prepared to do, then it's probably worth selecting another book, maybe a thriller.

I've gifted the paperback version to friends and family because it was so helpful. I always worry that these types of books are religious, worthy or mystical, instead it was a practical and compassionate approach to managing our own minds and achieving a level of inner peace.

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  • J
  • 02-15-18

hard to follow

Struggled to finish this. The regular inclusion of long lists of things to remember is offputting. And some of the sections are borderline gibberish in the way they are written.

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  • Mr O Cogswell
  • 11-16-17

Introduction

A pretty good intro to mindfulness and meditation, author knows what he is talking about

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  • Domenik
  • 01-17-19

If only this was taught in schools all over our planet earth

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. The words have not only consolidated my practice and education but impacted my everyday life immensely and immediately. Thankyou

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  • okeydokiboy
  • 12-02-18

Best Book On Mindfulness

Suitable for beginner and experienced
Good voice
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Best book out there on mindfulness
One of favourite books 2018

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  • Ann
  • 03-13-18

Vipasana mediation

This book is a wonderful introductory tool to meditation. It can be a first step to eventual happiness. Thank you.

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  • Mr L.
  • 05-28-20

absolutely essential listening

Everything about this audio book was and is great. Really breaks down the whole process around being mindful and why. Wish I'd listened to this earlier as someone interested in the subject. Already got the next audio book in the series

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  • Liz
  • 04-05-20

Great book

Interesting and a subject that we can all benefit from knowing a bit more about and applying in our lives.

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  • Thomas Brown
  • 06-22-20

A decent start to your knowledge in Mindfulness

When you listen to this book, come to it with the open-mindedness that this is an introduction and won't give you the full answers of what you may be seeking from Mindfulness. What this book does give is knowledge of what you can do following your introduction and a better understanding of what you can gain from Mindfulness.

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  • Mrs M D S Hancock
  • 01-21-21

Beyond awful

Absolutely rubbish. Mindfulness is a brilliant tool but this book won’t help you with it

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  • Mason Dwy
  • 05-28-19

I would give this 6.5 stars if i could.

Unlike most of these kinds of books, it's a book that anybody (clueless people) can comprehend immediately.

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  • Drapte
  • 01-27-17

Life is now complete

You will get it when u read it. Great book you really have to read.

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  • Fran Heath
  • 06-03-20

Very helpful for beginners.

As a beginner I found it very helpful and have listened to it twice as you pick up more the more you listen. Make you realise what a hectic life we all live and we need to really commit to more self care like this.

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  • 07-26-19

Eye-opening perspectives on mindfulness

This is a great manual on mindfulness. Gunaratana's explanations are clear and insightful. I've read heaps of books about mindfulness but I still learned new things and new perspectives from his descriptions. The ending of the main part of the book is a beautiful and very moving piece of writing, some of the finest I've ever read.

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  • raz
  • 09-28-18

Best book on meditation

By far the best book on meditation. It’s jam pack full of practical advice. It’s written beautifully and very easy to understand. All that’s left after reading it is put everything in practice. Reading this book several times it only adds to the experience. I’m planning to read it a few times.

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  • MickFromOz
  • 11-06-21

Namaste

Very good book, great narrator. 6th time reading book. fantastic, much gratitude. Highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-21

An insightful listen

This is one book that I found to be informative without the bore. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-22

Fantastic beginner resource

This was an incredible introduction to insight meditation and will inform my practice moving forward.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-22

Mindfulness

It’s a very inspiring book, also an eye opener, it brings a smile on my face that I’m going the right way

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  • BeeKind
  • 06-12-22

Excellent Introduction

This is an exceptional introduction into mindfulness and meditation. The author provides a realistic understanding of our modern day challenges. He provides practical applications for the meditation methods and challenges to meditation that those of us not living in a monastery can utilize in our journey of self awareness and inner peace.