Shaila Catherine has a friendly, wise approach to the meditative states jhanas that lead to liberating insight. This book conveys her impressive knowledge on insight meditation in general, and jhana in particular. The book aims at making these teachings alive and relevant today, not merely repeating the Theravāda orthodoxy a lá the Visuddhimagga. Shaila gives us detailed, workable descriptions of how to practice jhāna. Generally, I I wrote this as an email to Shaila, and I believe it fits here as a review as well as that it may help others discover the qualities this book has to offer. It was a treat to practice alongside with, elucidating many aspects of both Samadhi and Vipassana.
Click on document focused and fearless a meditators guide to states of deep joy calm and clarity shaila catherin. Shaila Catherine describes the paths of deep concentration and transforming insight in a way that both inspires and enriches our practice. Focused and Fearless is a meditation handbook where one can find the best of the Theravadin meditation tradition, sprinkled with sayings and poetry from other traditions such as Advaita, Tibetan, and Sufi, all of which transmit the essence of the deep spiritual experiences that come with this practice. I have now read it twice and both times I have learned things. Just when I thought my meditation was improving there's always something in the monasrery; a serious health care issue, a big annual celebration of Buddha pujaniya.
It is a book to be done rather than just read. Overall, Shaila makes it very clear how the mind in jhana is used as a tool, not as an end in itself. Join our community just now to flow with the file focused and fearless a meditators guide to states of deep joy calm and clarity shaila catherin and make our shared file collection even more complete and exciting. I especially love how she conveys the great joy that can arise from spiritual work. Focused and Fearless speaks to ordinary meditators and non-meditators who want to understand how to attain non-ordinary states with ease.
Through practical exercises and clear examples, Shaila makes the ancient wisdom of the jhanas accessible to all. As a longtime meditator, as well as a lay scholar of religious and contemplative traditions, I would like to add to those reviews the comment that this book makes a particularly signficant contribution to the overall body of Buddhist teachings in the West. One who is concentrated understands things as they really are. While this book does deal with relatively advanced topics the first half is very suitable for both newish meditators and anyone serious about deepening practice. Outstanding book on concentration meditation. I laughed a lot enjoying the personal stories and anecdotes between the serious st A handbook to keep and re-read as your practice continues. Her prose and her understanding are exceptionally lucid.
Shalia Catherine describes each of these mental states and suggests exercises that will eventually help in achieving these states. The second read was in preparation for retreat and I found it helped immensely in making the transition between a busy life and a silent retreat center. This made it almost impossible to veer off-course, for the mind to latch into alternative interpretations beneficial to its clinging, and for practice to not be directed, full of intention and awareness. Next time I go to a meditation retreat I will try one of her practical tips; develop insight every time you come out of deep concentration. Her vivid description of learning to live in India, as well as her account of coming to terms with life after a serious car accident, gave me a new perspective on the tumultuous last few years of my life.
This book will be of interest to anyone, regardless of their style of practice, wishing to incorporate the deeper stages of concentration of jhana into their meditation. This book is both a pragmatic manual and a deeply traditional understanding of Buddhist meditation practice. When I would get up the nerve to mention these states of sometimes overwhelming delight, deep happiness, and abiding peace, meditation teachers would consistently caution me not to get attached to these experiences, as if there was something bad or maybe dangerous about having them. There is something poignant about the purpose of these beautiful states being their very destruction. When doing meditation on breathing to increase concentration distractions are simply let go of.
Those sections are unremarkable, and drag the quality down. Both beginners and seasoned practitioners will enjoy the comprehensive how to guidance that author and Dharma teacher Shaila Catherine provides. As Catherine states clearly in the front matter of the book, it is born out of personal experience; and this, to me, is crucial. Invaluable characteristics for someone with my existential leanings. I would recommend reading and re-reading this book for anyone who has a whole-hearted interest in freeing themselves from the shackles of their conditioned mind. Focused and Fearless presents an accessible, friendly, and wise approach to establishing ecstatic meditative states that lead to liberating insight.
Product Details Sales Rank: 59145 in Books Brand: Catherine, Shaila Published on: 2008-04-28 Released on: 2008-04-28 Original language: English Number of items: 1 Dimensions: 9. Generally, I found the mix to be very good, and certainly the book delivered on the promise of teaching how to do insight work on the basis of jhana. Shaila Catherine describes the paths of deep concentration and transforming insight in a way that both inspires and enriches our practice. It is a practical how to description of a little taught meditation practice of enormous benefit. She gives methodical and thorough step-by-step instructions into the realm of deep concentration. When my mind wanders I see exactly which of these has faded and can clearly apply the right effort to bring it back. Re-visiting Focused and Fearless made it clear that much of what she had to say during my first reading has stuck with me during the past couple of years.
Ad veri latine efficiantur quo, ea vix nisl euismod explicari. Shaila Catherine writes with the authority of a practitioner and teacher who knows the deep states of meditative absorption like the back of her hand. It offers a complete path towards bliss, fearlessness, and true awakening. While based in the four foundations of mindfulness of Theravāda practice, this understanding of practice goes beyond them, deepening samatha-vipassanā and leading to liberation from suffering. Notice the pause between breaths.