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Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of...

Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 1

The Body

Joseph Goldstein

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In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipaţţhānas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipaţţhāna Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.

On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, esteemed teacher and author Joseph Goldstein presents a seven-CD audio curriculum to reveal the deeper insights of this vital sutta—and how it serves to inform and guide your own daily practice.

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The Declaration of the Direct Path to Realization
Goldstein sets the stage for your journey through the sutta by clarifying the Buddha's initial declaration of the "direct path" to awakening that is its promise.

Through the wisdom of Buddhist masters of ancient and modern times and the expertise of his own 40-year study and practice, he shares the subtle nuances of each key term derived from the original Pali. Where do you find the ardency to sustain and balance your efforts along the path? How do you cultivate the breadth of mindfulness that makes any spiritual undertaking possible? What strengthens your perception of impermanence—both internally and externally?

With Goldstein's lucid instruction, you will discover a wellspring of profound revelations to revitalize and mature your practice, and help you bring forth its fruits in every area of your life.

Course objectives:

  • Explore the four abidings of mindfulness, or qualities of mind, as the direct path for awakening
  • Observe the three kinds of cravings and desires, and how they manifest
  • Analyze how mindfulness of the body is the first foundation of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha
  • Discuss the ways of clearly knowing and the four basic qualities of matter in relationship to the relative (objective or conceptual) and the ultimate (subjective or direct) levels of experience or truth

The First Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Body
On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, Goldstein introduces you to the first satipaţţhāna, the domain of the body. Here, you will learn the cornerstone techniques for successful meditation practice, as taught by the Buddha himself.

From appropriate places and postures for practice to clear comprehension of all aspects of the body to the elements and energies that make up our physical form, Goldstein brings you to the threshold of the "ultimate truth" of our bodies. Includes 36-page study guide.

The author's proceeds from this program will benefit the Insight Meditation Society's Forest Refuge retreat center.

REVIEWS
"Joseph Goldstein's Satipaţ­ţ­hāna Sutta Series has been extremely helpful and invaluable for me personally and for our community dharma group here in Vermont. Joseph's brilliant, detailed, and patient discussion of each section of the sutta has brought greater understanding of the breadth and depth of the Buddha's teachings. These beautiful and inspiring talks can be appreciated and savored by listening to them again and again. Each time I listen, I hear and learn something new that directly influences both my meditation practice and its integration into every aspect of my life in the world. I highly recommend this series of talks for anyone who wishes to delve into the extraordinary richness of the dharma that is, like these talks, 'good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.'"

—Claire Stanley

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Contents 7 CDs (8 hours), 1 Study guide (35 pages)
Date Published October 01, 2007
ISBN-10 1-59179-569-9
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-569-8
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Codes 1144d, f1144d, af01144d
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Download File Types
Contents 1 Audio download (8 hours)
Date Published October 01, 2007
ISBN-10 1-59179-974-0
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-974-0
Product Codes 1144w, f1144w, af01144w
CE Credits:
Contents 10 CE credits
Date Published June 28, 2010
Product Codes 1835, e1835, ce01835

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Customer Reviews

By kevin smith
Date Added: Tuesday 24 September 2013
well considered and well produced teachings, a must for those wanting to extend and deepen their inquiry of Mindfulness and meditation. thank you for the inspirational insights. you will need volume 2 and 3!
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By Lamees M
Date Added: Thursday 15 August 2013
I am so glad to have this opportunity to talk about this wonderful program by Joseph Goldstein. Please note, there are 3-volumes and also you may buy the book (that Joseph refers to in his discourse): Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization by Analayo (A German Monk). The 3-volumes and the book, in my experience, will give you an in depth transmission of this Buddhist teachings. I listened to the three volumes a few years back...when they first came out and read the book page by page. I had to wait with eagerness to the 3rd Volume to come out. The book (you don't have to get it) a lucid scholarly yet down-to-earth explanation of the material on Satipatthana). I recently started re-listening to the CD's and love them even more. Joseph Goldstein is an excellent teacher and is also lucid in his explanations. I listen over and over until I "get" all points and then I feel satisfied and move on to the next disc.
I recommend that you take on this project and treat yourself to these teachings. Bottom line Abiding in Mindfulness - Satipatthana - really shows us how to surpass our judging mind and conditioning. That is a basic that we all need to move through in order to start transforming, healing, learning and growing. Judgment is what keeps us from progressing. Also, understanding is transformative.. therefore, if you listen to these over and over until you "get" it... then something within you shifts... that's the understanding. I love this program so much and have benefited from it, that I am grateful to share it with you. They have a discount on all 3-volumes, I would rush to buy them and grab this opportunity. All the best.
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By Jim Hasse
Date Added: Friday 6 January 2012
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I am man of few words.
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By John Russell
Date Added: Tuesday 3 January 2012
Fantastic,,no problems
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