This book helps to fill what has long been a glaring gap in the scholarship on Early Buddhism, offering us a detailed textual study of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, the. Bhikkhu Anālayo (): Satipaṭṭhāna – The Direct Path to Realization. Windhorse Publications. A free PDF version of the book. Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization is a gem. Ven. Analayo has done a superb job of elucidating this core teaching of the Buddha. His clarity of style.

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So two weeks of nonstop mindfulness is, well… aspirational. It is at http: Could the path unto the anaoayo be expected to yield an explication any easier? But the fourth foundation is my favorite. Those who find the pages of detailed discussion too daunting to plow through can take heart: Fortunately, the practice itself is the best teacher, and those who have found it and thus been taught, can help The Buddha himself said he could answer questions about satipatthana without repeating himself or exhausting his answers for a whole century straight.

This is not light reading. Notify me of new comments via email. Mar 17, Artem rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then, saturated with joy, you will put an end to suffering and stress.

It is to be recommended not only for the way in which it examines these instructions in meditation in the context of the early discourses and in relation to the traditional interpretations of the Pali commentaries, but also for the way in which it encompasses the observations and interpretations satipattthana both modern scholars of Buddhism and teachers of meditation. Leave a comment Comments 1.

The book should prove to be of value both to scholars of Early Buddhism and to serious meditators alike. Jun 13, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Know that this is the way to allay all stress.

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Fi I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation or philosophy. Or how natural scientists of all kinds study the behaviour of complex natural systems in their native environment.


With a smile, and deep understanding of what I was going through, Ron cheered me through some of my darkest moments on the path. I think the post was created in the past few months, and I remember BlackBird replied how excellent it was to have it available. His analysis combines the detached objectivity of the academic scholar with the engaged concern of the practitioner for whom meditation is a way of life rather than just a subject of study.

Attached to nothing, letting go: The Buddha’s seminal discourse on the establishing of awareness and the clearing out of craving and dissolution of ego is my vote for being the most important utterances in the history of humanity.

Sep 15, Keith rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book should prove to be of value both to scholars of Early Buddhism and to serious meditators alike.

This book strikes a masterful balance: It seems to be very well respected as such, but I can’t see opening it again unless prompted to in a study group type of situation. Practiced in this way, bare awareness of a hindrance becomes a middle path between suppression and indulgence. It is as if we had inherited a powerful spacecraft, but couldn’t quite figure out the instruction booklet and so couldn’t engage some of its gears, and the inventor is gone so we can’t ask him directly.

I highly recommend it. Jul 30, Brendan rated it it was amazing. Otherwise, read the more friendly summaries. Nov 26, David Nash rated it really liked it Shelves: The Direct Path to Realization Paperback. Deep understanding of the Satipatthana by a German monk living in Sri Lanka. The constant channel surfing of the body and mind in all their busy activity.

Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization (Paperback) – Windhorse Publications

A delightful insight into the foundations of mindfulness and meditation and the cornerstones of Buddhism. The rest of the book contains in-depth explanation of the teaching for those who need more detail, academic analysis and comparisons to other Buddhist texts which I will personally probably never get pagh to reading.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The Direct Path to Realization. The first three foundations are straightforward. Joseph Goldstein — June 7, Just do that and keep doing that as long as you can.

You are becoming reakization serious about insight meditation and want to learn more about it from an in depth analysis. I recently spent a day retreat with him and have a much better understanding of his methodology and his intent in writing this book. I strongly recommend realizztion book to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation or philosophy.

A bit dry, but I do find I go back to it now and again for reference. With painstaking thoroughness, Ven.

Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization

Now, most of us, myself especially, cannot keep up the level of intensity he is describing for that long. Their birth in grief and ashes. Unlike more popular books on the subject, he is not out to establish the exclusive validity of one particular system of meditation as against others; his aim, rather, is to explore the sutta as a wide-ranging and multi-faceted source of guidance which allows for alternative interpretations and approaches to practice.

But suddenly, someone decodes some of the key instructions, and the spacecraft becomes once again this instrument that is capable of taking us to the furthest reaches of outer space. Hands down best practical and theoretical commentary on the Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In fact, my desire right now in relation to the book could set me back a life time or two.

Like the Satipatthana subjects that they cover, the chapters of this book can actually be read in ANY order.