The Mindfulness in Plain English Collection - Table of Contents

An anniversary collection, presented in a beautiful collector’s edition, of three of Bhante Gunaratana’s bestselling classics: Mindfulness in Plain English, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, and Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English.


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640 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614294795

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Mindfulness in Plain English

  1. Meditation: Why Bother?
  2. What Meditation Isn’t
  3. What Meditation Is
  4. Attitude
  5. The Practice
  6. What to Do with Your Body
  7. What to Do with Your Mind
  8. Structuring Your Meditation
  9. Setup Exercises
  10. Dealing with Problems
  11. Dealing with Distractions 1
  12. Dealing with Distractions 2
  13. Mindfulness (Sati)
  14. Mindfulness versus Concentration
  15. Meditation in Everyday Life
  16. What’s in It for You

Afterword: The Power of Loving-Friendliness

Appendix: The Context of the Tradition

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutta

Part 1: Mindfulness of the Body

1. Breath
2. Four Postures
3. Clear Comprehension
4. Parts and Elements
5. Death and Impermanence

Part 2: Mindfulness of Feelings

6. Sensations and Emotions
7. Harmful and Beneficial Feelings

Part 3: Mindfulness of Mind

8. Mind and Consciousness
9. Mental States

Part 4: Mindfulness of Dhamma

10. Hindrances
11. Clinging and the Fetters
12. Factors of Enlightenment
13. Four Truths and Eight Steps

Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English

  1. The Concentration Path
  2. Concentration and the Jhanas
  3. Getting Ready for Jhana Meditation
  4. Wishing the Best for Yourself and Others
  5. Breath Meditation
  6. Why Can’t We Concentrate Strongly Right Now?
  7. The Purpose of Practice
  8. The Jhana States
  9. Access Concentration
  10. The First Jhana
  11. The Second and Third Jhanas
  12. The Fourth Jhana
  13. The Immaterial Jhanas
  14. The Supramundane Jhanas