Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening--seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.Goldstein's source teaching is The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening--seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a ...

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Title:Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
Author:Joseph Goldstein
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:162203063X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening Reviews

  • Flynn
    Oct 10, 2016

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

  • Roger Whitson
    Jan 12, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

  • Tom
    Feb 26, 2015

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

  • Bobby Jett
    Apr 12, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

  • Donald
    Mar 07, 2015

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

  • Scott Ford
    Dec 28, 2017

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

    I read this book cover to cover, and that was? kind of a slog. But I think it will be a great resource for advancing my meditation practice. I intend to go back to passages that I highlighted and review them before meditating, in order to keep myself focused on the path. ...

    A rich and comprehensive book on meditation practice and buddhist theory. It's basically a thorough explanation of the Satipatth?na Sutta, and as such, it's mostly suited for readers with a serious interest in the matter at hand. ...

    A primer on Buddhist principles An excellent guide on the basic tenets of Buddhism as they regard to mindfulness and the path to enlightenment. There is a lot to absorb but it is well worth the effort. ...

    A great guide for those who are interested in more than a passing glimpse of Buddhist principles without feeling pr3essed to don robes and joun a monastic group. Filtered for Western contexts, this serves as a great basic textbook for educating oneself and developing a basic skillset. ...

  • Karan Bajaj
    Jan 04, 2016

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

  • Ben Payne
    Mar 31, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

  • Lucie Paris
    Jun 08, 2017

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

  • Andre
    Aug 04, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

    I read this book cover to cover, and that was? kind of a slog. But I think it will be a great resource for advancing my meditation practice. I intend to go back to passages that I highlighted and review them before meditating, in order to keep myself focused on the path. ...

    A rich and comprehensive book on meditation practice and buddhist theory. It's basically a thorough explanation of the Satipatth?na Sutta, and as such, it's mostly suited for readers with a serious interest in the matter at hand. ...

    A primer on Buddhist principles An excellent guide on the basic tenets of Buddhism as they regard to mindfulness and the path to enlightenment. There is a lot to absorb but it is well worth the effort. ...

    A great guide for those who are interested in more than a passing glimpse of Buddhist principles without feeling pr3essed to don robes and joun a monastic group. Filtered for Western contexts, this serves as a great basic textbook for educating oneself and developing a basic skillset. ...

    This is an advanced text with a great deal of detail regarding Buddhist teachings. I reread most of the book twice while reading it. This is an invaluable, practical guide and it provides a solid framework for the practice. Highly recommend. ...

  • Mark
    Nov 07, 2014

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

  • Mark O'mara
    Mar 08, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

    I read this book cover to cover, and that was? kind of a slog. But I think it will be a great resource for advancing my meditation practice. I intend to go back to passages that I highlighted and review them before meditating, in order to keep myself focused on the path. ...

    A rich and comprehensive book on meditation practice and buddhist theory. It's basically a thorough explanation of the Satipatth?na Sutta, and as such, it's mostly suited for readers with a serious interest in the matter at hand. ...

    A primer on Buddhist principles An excellent guide on the basic tenets of Buddhism as they regard to mindfulness and the path to enlightenment. There is a lot to absorb but it is well worth the effort. ...

    A great guide for those who are interested in more than a passing glimpse of Buddhist principles without feeling pr3essed to don robes and joun a monastic group. Filtered for Western contexts, this serves as a great basic textbook for educating oneself and developing a basic skillset. ...

    This is an advanced text with a great deal of detail regarding Buddhist teachings. I reread most of the book twice while reading it. This is an invaluable, practical guide and it provides a solid framework for the practice. Highly recommend. ...

    Loved the combination of information and guide to meditation practice that has helped me. One of the best writers on meditation. ...

  • Mark Legan
    Jan 27, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

  • Larissa Vidal
    Mar 28, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

  • Rif A. Saurous
    Jul 17, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

  • Andrew Kitzmiller
    Jan 27, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

    I read this book cover to cover, and that was? kind of a slog. But I think it will be a great resource for advancing my meditation practice. I intend to go back to passages that I highlighted and review them before meditating, in order to keep myself focused on the path. ...

    A rich and comprehensive book on meditation practice and buddhist theory. It's basically a thorough explanation of the Satipatth?na Sutta, and as such, it's mostly suited for readers with a serious interest in the matter at hand. ...

    A primer on Buddhist principles An excellent guide on the basic tenets of Buddhism as they regard to mindfulness and the path to enlightenment. There is a lot to absorb but it is well worth the effort. ...

  • Vladimir
    Nov 19, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

  • Tom
    Sep 22, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

  • Jon Bash
    Oct 03, 2016

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

  • Mike Harper
    Oct 27, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

  • Jeff
    May 25, 2014

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

  • Heather Sinclair
    Jan 20, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

  • Dan Harris
    Mar 01, 2014

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

  • Dan Slimmon
    Oct 01, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

    I read this book cover to cover, and that was? kind of a slog. But I think it will be a great resource for advancing my meditation practice. I intend to go back to passages that I highlighted and review them before meditating, in order to keep myself focused on the path. ...

  • Happy-wanderer
    Dec 01, 2017

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

  • Mark Monroe
    May 14, 2018

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

  • Clive Freeman
    Jan 28, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

  • Eric
    Jan 28, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

    A clear and meaningful exploration of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Goldstein frames the dharma in contemporary settings without watering it down. I read the book in five page increments to give myself time to absorb. I may start right over again from page one. ...

    Maybe a little long but a pretty good read. ...

    Easily the best book I have ever read on mindfulness, meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Very accessible. I will go back to this book for reference, motivation and guidance again and again. ...

    As the word ?mindfulness? increasingly comes to be featured in the titles of books, blogs, apps, websites, online courses, corporate seminars, and meditation retreats, one might wonder whether there is room in the marketplace of ideas for even one more such entry bearing this remar...

    most of what I've learned about Mindfulness meditation has been through a western-psychology lense. I often would prioritize scientific insights into how the human mind works over the effects Mindfulness and it's home culture of Buddhism have significant ethical and psychological effec...

    Bringing mindfulness back to its Buddhist origins, Goldstein opens up the Satipatthana Sutta in a comprehensive, interesting and practical manner that informs and inspires. Sharing insights and many helpful hints that have helped shape his own practice, this will help others make mindf...

    Fantastic, will read again. ...

    One of the longest-running programmes on radio in the UK is a thing called Desert Island Discs, where the guest picks eight records (remember them?) that would be the eight they'd be happy to be stuck on a desert island with. In addition to the vinyl, you get to pick a book to be stuck...

    This is my first modern big book about Buddhism in particular, rather than meditation in particular. It's not really about meditation at all --- I mean, it assumes you're meditating but isn't really giving meditation instructions. The book follows the structure of Satipatthana Sutta, w...

    I chose this on the advice of a Buddhist intellectual. My purpose was to find out about Buddhists' religious beliefs and practices, and I wanted an authoritative source. As nearly as I can tell, that's not what this book is about. It's about Buddhist techniques and goals of meditation...

    I'm not exactly an advanced practitioner of mindfulness, but what I appreciated most from this book was a look at what the future could hold for me. The first part was easy to relate to, and fairly practical for "laypeople" as it were. The middle got super complicated, and the ...

    Amazing read! To be honest, I have taken a lot of time to enjoy this book. Not because it was not a good one, as I was really into it, more for being able to reflect and digest on the ideas.  I've like the stories, the examples and the way it was making me feel when I was readin...

    This is a wonderful reading of the Sattipathana Sutta, based on years of experience and careful study. What I appreciate about Goldstein's approach is a kind of "non-pretentious intellectualism", if that phrase makes any sense to people who live outside of my head. :-) Two things ar...

    I did not so much read this book as live with it for several months. I was also working through Goldstein?s mindfulness series in Audible form as I was reading it. I have been through it three times now from beginning to end and continue to be amazed by the new insights and the deepe...

    I listened to this book on audible, which given the content of the book is a really good way to take in the six meditation sessions that the author guides you through himself. I have definitely 'read' this book many times and its worth picking up no matter your feeling about or experie...

    I read this book cover to cover, and that was? kind of a slog. But I think it will be a great resource for advancing my meditation practice. I intend to go back to passages that I highlighted and review them before meditating, in order to keep myself focused on the path. ...

    A rich and comprehensive book on meditation practice and buddhist theory. It's basically a thorough explanation of the Satipatth?na Sutta, and as such, it's mostly suited for readers with a serious interest in the matter at hand. ...

  • Beena
    May 02, 2019

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...

    This book is a serious tome. He dives (400 pages) deep into a discourse by the Buddha, the Satipatthana Sutta. I would recommend this to people who have been meditating for a bit and know some of the basic concepts behind Buddhism, and have some interest in learning more about the phil...

    Wow. An excellent primer on Buddhist thought derived primarily from a single sutta by the Buddha, but also with Goldstein's years of knowledge and experience to supplement the seemingly archaic text, providing context and additional insights, or simply additional perspectives on the sa...

    This is a life-changing book. I hesitate to recommend it to people just beginning on their meditation journey, because some of its wisdom would have been difficult for me to hear when I was not more comfortable with the spiritual aspects of meditation. Yet Goldstein's book is simultane...

    Meh. The long silences are good for guided meditation, but it's a pretty empty book. The same sentences over and over as if repetition would help. I had enough of the droning of "look directly at your own mind"... ...

    Phew, a deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta. This is not for beginning meditators nor should it be the first introduction to this Sutta. It is quite dense and reads almost like a textbook for the most part - and this is coming from someone who has sat a number of long retreats with J...

  • Kevan Dale
    Dec 20, 2014

    I couldn't believe this book when I first came across it. Buddhism and meditation has become so populist and simplistic in the West with mantras and chanting and "just let go" instructions that I was blown away to find this rare gem of the book which doesn't flinch away from the hardco...

    A treasury of practical advice and insights. ...

    Five word review: Failed to keep me awake. ...

    Having read any number of books about mindfulness and Buddhism over the years (most predating my Goodreads era, btw), I think that Joseph Goldstein's book is certainly one of the very best, if not the best. Now, that said - I'm not sure that it would be the ideal place to start if y...