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The Mind Illuminated : A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness - Culadasa (John Yates PhD)

The Mind Illuminated

A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness

Paperback Published: 18th January 2017
ISBN: 9781781808207
Number Of Pages: 512

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The Mind Illuminated is a comprehensive, accessible and - above all - effective book on meditation, providing a nuts-and-bolts stage-based system that helps all levels of meditators establish and deepen their practice. Providing step-by-step guidance for every stage of the meditation path, this uniquely comprehensive guide for a Western audience combines the wisdom from the teachings of the Buddha with the latest research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

Clear and friendly, this in-depth practice manual builds on the nine-stage model of meditation originally articulated by the ancient Indian sage Asanga, crystallizing the entire meditative journey into 10 clearly-defined stages. The book also introduces a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, and uses illustrations and charts to help the reader work through each stage.

This manual is an essential read for the beginner to the seasoned veteran of meditation.

About the Author

John Yates, PhD (Culadasa) is a meditation master with more than four decades of experience in the Tibetan and Theravadin Buddhist traditions. A former professor, he taught physiology and neuroscience for many years, and later worked in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. He is the author of A Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage, currently in its third edition. He is currently the director of Dharma Treasure Buddhist Sangha in Tucson, AZ.

Industry Reviews

“A systematic, hands-on manual, The Mind Illuminated will be a great help to anyone who wants to completely fathom the process of meditative development in all its stages. Culadasa gives us the full conceptual framework together with complete instructions for putting it into play. In largely Western language,with help from wonderful images and diagrams, this book brings the path of meditation to life.” - Sharon Salzberg, author, Real Happiness

“[Culadasa] takes me through the science of the practice straight to the adventure of sitting, and offers context through sustainable, practical applications and tools. This book is full of wisdom, story, and creativity, and I'll be glad to have it as a reference for many years to come.” - Elena Brower, author, Art of Attention

“This book is a rare and valuable treasure, providing a detailed, step-by-step account of how meditation practice progresses. Culadasa is the real deal, a living adept with decades of experience.” - Shinzen Young, author, Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Essential reading for anyone interested in meditative development from any tradition. At once comprehensive and also very easy to read and follow in practice, this is the most thorough, straightforward, clear, and practical guide to training the mind that I have ever found. A remarkable achievement.” - Daniel Ingram, M.D., author, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

“In a time where meditation and its twin sister, mindfulness, have become the fads du jour, Culadasa gives us the real deal in this encyclopedic handbook. If you're serious about meditation, The Mind Illuminated should be on your bookshelf.” - Lama Marut, author, A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life

“With wisdom, clarity and grace, Culadasa has written an invaluable manual for awakening. I believe this book will become one of the "Top 10 Must Reads" for anyone on the spiritual path for years to come. Helpful for beginning meditators, and valuable for advanced meditators who are already committed to meditation but have not yet experienced the fruits of consistent practice.” - Stephanie Nash, mindfulness coach and integrative counselor

“This book does an outstanding job of both constructing a cognitive theory of how the mind works and presenting a detailed handbook for learning and mastering meditation. The result is a beautiful integration of theory and practice, whose parallel strands lead to experientially, and account for conceptually, the radical shift in consciousness we call awakening.” - Richard P. Boyle, author, Realizing Awakened Consciousness

The ultimate guide to meditation


If you have been meditating for a while and feel stuck, this is a great book to progress. It's not an easy path - nothing worthwhile is - but there's a real progress here. The end goal is awakening, or whatever term you want to use.




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An Overview of the Ten Stages
First Interlude: Conscious Experience and the Objectives of Meditation
Stage One: Establishing a Practice
Second Interlude: The Hindrances and Problems
Stage Two: Interrupted Attention and Overcoming Mind-Wandering
Stage Three: Extended Continuity of Attention and Overcoming Forgetting
Third Interlude: How Mindfulness Works
Stage Four: Continuous Attention and Overcoming Gross Distraction and Strong Dullness
Fourth Interlude: The Moments of Consciousness Model
Stage Five: Overcoming Subtle Dullness and Increasing Mindfulness
Fifth Interlude: The Mind-System
Stage Six: Subduing Subtle Distractions
Sixth Interlude: The Stages of an Adept
Stage Seven: Exclusive Attention and Unifying the Mind
Seventh Interlude: The Nature of Mind and Consciousness
Stage Eight: Mental Pliancy and Pacifying the Sense
Stage Nine: Mental and Physical Pliancy and Calming the Intensity of Meditative Joy
Stage Ten: Tranquility and Equanimity
Final Thoughts

Appendix A: Walking Meditation
Appendix B: Analytical Meditation
Appendix C: Loving-Kindness Meditation
Appendix D: The Jhanas
Appendix E: Mindful Review
Appendix F: Insight and the "Dark Night"

About the Authors

ISBN: 9781781808207
ISBN-10: 1781808201
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 18th January 2017
Publisher: Hay House UK Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 19.1  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.97

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