By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

ISBN-10: 0861719956

ISBN-13: 9780861719952

Each meditation culture explains that there are points to any potent meditation perform: perception and focus. In Mindfulness in undeniable English, writer Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, a monk from Sri Lanka and commemorated instructor of Buddhism, provided easy guideline at the which means of perception (or vipassana) meditation via strategies that may be utilized to any culture. In Beyond Mindfulness in simple English, he provides the degrees of focus with an analogous simplicity and humor that made the former e-book such a success. the focal point here's at the Jhanas, these meditative states of profound stillness and focus within which the brain turns into absolutely immersed and absorbed within the selected item of recognition. utilizing the Jhanas to lead readers alongside the trail to pleasure, happiness, equanimity, and one-pointedness, the writer presents the entire guide essential to make the most of meditation as a device for construction a extra pleasing existence.

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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.

Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....

It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.

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