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Brain Training with the Buddha

A Modern Path to Insight Based on the Ancient Foundations of Mindfulness

By Eric Harrison

The essential guide to training your brain for mindfulness—modern, science-based, and with no Buddhism required.

Publisher’s note: Brain Training with the Buddha was previously published in hardcover as The Foundations of Mindfulness.

Lifelong meditation teacher Eric Harrison intimately understands the benefits of mindfulness, from improved focus and better judgment to relaxation and inner peace. He’s helped tens of thousands of students to achieve these goals by rooting his practice in the Buddha’s original text on how to meditate and live mindfully: the Satipatthana Sutta.

Brain Training with the Buddha offers a secular perspective on this ancient wisdom that requires no familiarity with Buddhism itself—only openness to the Buddha’s original teachings. Harrison’s translation of this sutta (the first in modern English) comes with guidance for anyone looking to train their mind by applying its thirteen steps to mindful living today.

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“Brings clear thinking, practical wisdom, and welcome rigor to the widely popular concept of mindfulness.”—Publishers Weekly

“A deeply engaging book which both Buddhist meditators and secular mindfulness practitioners around the globe will find useful. To help clarify mindfulness, Eric Harrison explores the relationships, overlaps, and divergences between western Buddhist meditation and secular mindfulness. Whatever your particular views and preferences on the subject, [Brain Training with the Buddha] will help you locate them. I also enjoyed Eric's translation of the Satipatthana Sutta for its accessibility.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“The Satipatthana Sutta is one of the Buddha’s foundational teachings on mindfulness. This commentary by a staunchly non-Buddhist mindfulness teacher makes for a stimulating and, at times, provocative read.”—David Michie, author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat series and Mindfulness is Better Than Chocolate
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December 10, 2019
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