Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization

Satipa h na The Direct Path to Realization This book helps to fill what has long been a glaring gap in the scholarship on Early Buddhism offering us a detailed textual study of the Satipa h na Sutta the foundational Buddhist discourse on med

  • Title: Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization
  • Author: Anālayo
  • ISBN: 9781899579549
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book helps to fill what has long been a glaring gap in the scholarship on Early Buddhism, offering us a detailed textual study of the Satipa h na Sutta, the foundational Buddhist discourse on meditation practice.With painstaking thoroughness, Ven An layo marshals the suttas of the P li canon, works of modern scholarship, and the teachings of present day meditation mThis book helps to fill what has long been a glaring gap in the scholarship on Early Buddhism, offering us a detailed textual study of the Satipa h na Sutta, the foundational Buddhist discourse on meditation practice.With painstaking thoroughness, Ven An layo marshals the suttas of the P li canon, works of modern scholarship, and the teachings of present day meditation masters to make the rich implications of this text, so concise in the original, clear to contemporary students of the Dharma Unlike popular books on the subject, he is not out to establish the exclusive validity of one particular system of meditation as against others his aim, rather, is to explore the sutta as a wide ranging and multi faceted source of guidance which allows for alternative interpretations and approaches to practice His analysis combines the detached objectivity of the academic scholar with the engaged concern of the practitioner for whom meditation is a way of life rather than just a subject of study.The book should prove to be of value both to scholars of Early Buddhism and to serious meditators alike Ideally, it will encourage in both types of reader the same wholesome synthesis of scholarship and practice that underlies the author s own treatment of his subject.

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    • Wt says:

      I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhist meditation or philosophy. First of all, it is a faithful dissection of the original sutta, which reveals many new facets of understanding. Meditators can re-read it as they progress in practice, and each time it will reveal new facets of practice, or remind them of facets of practice they have missed. Secondly, Ven. Analayo's careful explication of Pali terms helps students of the Dhamma to understand the teachings better. Fi [...]

    • Michael says:

      The Buddha himself said he could answer questions about satipatthana without repeating himself or exhausting his answers for a whole century straight. Could the path unto the ineffable be expected to yield an explication any easier? In lieu of a Buddha and 100 years to question him/her, we have Gotama’s 25 century-old instructions and millennia of their inter- and misinter-pretation. Fortunately, the practice itself is the best teacher, and those who have found it and thus been taught, can hel [...]

    • Keith says:

      I found this at random in a local used bookstore which I do not frequent, and it seemed like one of those "buy now or never see again" opportunities. I am extremely glad I listened to that inner voice.This book is the most comprehensive, thorough, and unbiased overview of the satipaṭṭhāna practices of meditation I have ever encountered, and I rather doubt that anyone will be able to do better. The author takes as his sources not only his traditions translation of the Satipaṭṭhānasutta [...]

    • Phillip Moffitt says:

      The Satipatthana Sutta is the Buddha’s core teaching on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Analayo takes you through the teachings step-by-step. He offers alternative understandings of the Four Foundations and beautifully connects them all, thereby revealing the beautiful architecture of the Buddha’s approach to meditation.

    • Carolyn says:

      If you only read one book on meditation in Buddhism, this is the one. It is Analayo's dissertation, so it isn't a quick read, but it is thorough, informative, and all you need to know. Not for the beginner.

    • Oskar says:

      The Buddha's seminal discourse on the establishing of awareness and the clearing out of craving and dissolution of ego is my vote for being the most important utterances in the history of humanity. If the importance of this work is ever superseded, I will be astonished — and delighted :)

    • Steve says:

      Intense book which I will have to reread. You can get a free copy online.

    • Katy says:

      Hands down best practical and theoretical commentary on the Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

    • Forest Tong says:

      This book strikes a masterful balance: it is scholarly and thoughtful, yet personal and engaging. Analayo's passion for the Satipatthana Sutta is inspiring.

    • Gabe says:

      A bit dry, but I do find I go back to it now and again for reference. Great book to have on the shelf

    • Natasha Nash says:

      A delightful insight into the foundations of mindfulness and meditation and the cornerstones of Buddhism.

    • Manya says:

      The jem of this book is Analayo's excellent translation of Buddha's teaching, the Sattipatthana Sutra or Direct Path (to realization). Anyone familiar with the basic concepts of Buddhism and meditation will love this Sutra, and most likely be directly impacted from the reading and practice in a deeply profound way. The rest of the book contains in-depth explanation of the teaching for those who need more detail, academic analysis and comparisons to other Buddhist texts (which I will personally p [...]

    • Helen Mallon says:

      Studied this book as part of a year-long course in meditation practice at Springboard Sangha in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. An incredibly detailed and thoughtful study of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. All that emphasis on mindfulness in medicine, schools, stress relief programs? Everything derives from the Buddha's discourse on the Four Foundations, and mindfulness is far more comprehensive than appearances indicate. This is a helpful psychology for understanding and practice. Working with a [...]

    • George Bremner says:

      A wonderful book. Clear and concise, it reads as wide as it is deep. Both scholarly and practical, the beginner or bhikkhu would benefit from reading this explication of the Satipatthana Sutta. I highly recommend it. It is a top five dharma book. In fact, my desire right now in relation to the book could set me back a life time or two. Luckily, I have read the book and upon viewing this clinging clearly my freedom may still be in hand.

    • Shinta says:

      This book elucidates the cryptic Satipatthana Sutta. Years ago I read this sutta during a special meditation retreat, and now it seemed that it was (for me) only a beginner level of understanding, mainly concerned with the first levels of contemplation of the body, and sometimes feeling. Now I can appreciate the 3rd and the 4th parts, contemplation of mind and dhammas. A gem for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

    • Molly says:

      I got this book for a foundations of mindfulness class I took last fall. It's not a pleasure reading book but an academic text that includes a translation of the Buddha's actual teachings. It seems to be very well respected as such, but I can't see opening it again unless prompted to in a study group type of situation.

    • Jmp says:

      Deep understanding of the Satipatthana by a German monk living in Sri Lanka. I recently spent a 10-day retreat with him and have a much better understanding of his methodology and his intent in writing this book. Good for the real student of the dharma.

    • Brendan says:

      if you're serious about the practice of meditation, reading this book will do nothing but seriously enrich your experience, especially when read in conjunction with a collection of buddha's teachings.

    • Marian says:

      Words can hardly describe the thoroughness and clarity of Bhikkhu Analayo's exegesis of the Satipatthana Sutta. This book is surely destined to be a classic! I highly recommend it to all serious buddhist meditators.

    • Frank Marcus says:

      very detailed description of the most important sutra in the Buddhist Theravada tradition, the sathipatthana sutra.[return]Although very detailed, it always stays very pratical, so every vipassana meditator should read it!

    • Jessica Zu says:

      This is simply one of the best books to learn Theravada tradition (at least the way they want you to think) on meditation.

    • Shelley Hainer says:

      Excellent for serious folks who meditate.

    • Carlos Mestre says:

      leave this for more understanding of the teachings

    • Mariana says:

      A great book to be read and re-read.

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