Em an absurdity when it is in fact the other way around That illumination of the Buddha s thought by t One of the best books on Buddhism I ve read If ou want to get a bit familiarized with the Buddhist principles and understand a bit what mindfulness is all about this is the book The Literary Conference you should read It is well written and deep and it kept my mind active the whole time It has a strange effect of not uenchingour thirst for knowledge in this area but rather of determining ou to further explore the realm of this fascinating ancient doctrine Great exploration of Buddhist ontology and the psychology of meditation Author unpacts core Buddhist teachings like the three marks of existence and various key Pali terms illuminating the Buddha s understanding of reality and mind Suffering comes from the process of our concept making mind freezing and fixing the flux of phenomena into graspable entities images or ideas to which we become attached to and build into stories of the world and our selves This is delusion I like his discussions of papanca the tendency of mind to spin off from the reality of this moment and lose itself in it s own reifications of the flux judgments narratives or phantasy and paticca samuppada the chain or process of arising and becoming that results in suffering when we don t see this process for what it is a process or arising and falling away. Nticipated collection of essays will appeal to anyone looking to gain a richer understanding of Buddhism's experiential tools for exploring the inner world In Unlimiting Mind Olendzki provokes fresh and familiar reflections on core Buddhist teachin.
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Akness of much contemporary buddhism to take buddhism as completely sufficient and totalistic There s a big problem in even implicitly denigrating the great western tradition of rationalism and the values of the EnlightenmentSo uneven but mostly strong and solid I can recommend this book to anyone interested in buddhist theory and practice Very clear Nice short chapters Five out of five seems fitting for the educational benefits of reading this bookA nice once through for the meditation practitioner and psychology enthusiastuite heavy reading throughout but otherwise a most enjoyable read Now after many ears of practice when there has been a great deal of change and I can look back over the confused and tentative path I have followed it is clear to me that whatever transformation of this person that has taken place has been the child of two parents its mother the empirical observation of meditative experience while its father is an inspired organizing intellect Both have been for me indispensable The inspiration of that intellect has been drawn from my many readings It is they that have illuminated the way and pouted out the direction for me they have provided solace in times of discouragement by pointing out that others have passed this way they have defined for me the terms and concepts so antithetical to my western way of thought that they sometimes se. Mplistic Andrew Olendzki's writing is filled with rich phrases remarkable images and the fruits of decades of careful thought Grounded in profound scholarship psychological sophistication and many ears of teaching and personal practice this much
An extremely intellectual approach to Buddhism Review my 1st book on psychology of Buddhism Pretty interesting as it presents Buddhism teaching for presumably non Buddhist westerner I am not claiming that I understand 100% but I had start somewhere ain t I I believe there are books on the psychology of Buddhism than for any other religion This particular one is among the best that I ve read It is a collection of essays each a gem of insight illuminating a different facet of Buddhism The author a life long Pali scholar is able to give first hand translations of important concepts directly from the Pali scriptures using language that is is fresh current and compelling This is a highly recommended read for anyone interested in core teachings of Buddhism This is a generally wonderful book on the psychological teachings of mainly early buddhism His concluding section on the Abhidhamma understanding of mindfulness is itself a valuable contribution and much needed corrective to the white washing of the concept as it grows ever mainstream If ou think mindfulness is simply paying non reactive attention to experience ou are missing the heart of the conceptHis sections on Self and Non Self and Karma are also solid as is the very strongConstructing Reality Sadly the opening sections The BIgger Picture and Caring For The World are the weakest and show the general we. Both broad and deep this eye opening book is one of the best available overviews of the radical psychological teachings underlying the Buddhist approach to freedom and peace Sophisticated without being daunting brilliantly clear without becoming si.