- Expected Jan 21, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know but never had a chance to ask about meditation, from one of the premiere mindfulness and meditation teachers in the Theravada tradition.
How can I fit meditation into my busy life?
How should I understand karma and rebirth?
Do I need to attain special jhana states to benefit from meditation?
What is ‘stream-entry’ and what actually happens?
Is enlightenment even possible for me?
Sound familiar? If you’ve ever meditated, or even thought about it, you may have found yourself asking these questions (and many more!). Good news: there are answers—and you’ll find them all in this book. This book is for you.
Imagine that you had an unhurried meeting with one of Buddhism’s most accomplished, erudite, and plainspoken teachers—and imagine that he patiently agreed to answer any question you had about meditation, living mindfully, and many key Buddhist concepts—and myriad brilliant questions you’ve never thought to ask!
After nine decades of Buddhist practice and leadership, Bhante Gunaratana, author of the worldwide bestseller Mindfulness in Plain English and more than a dozen other books, is that teacher—and What, Why, How is a polished and easy-to-read presentation of exactly that encounter.
The questions themselves are thoughtful, intelligent, and relatable, on topics ranging from psychological to the doctrinal, from practical to personal—and everything in between. And Bhante G’s answers are always in his signature “plain English” style—even when they dive deep into texts and teachings.
What, Why, How contains a wealth of simple yet powerful insights and practices that you can incorporate into daily life to end unhealthy patterns and habits and transform your experience of the world—from your own mind to your relationships, your job, and beyond.