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In this book previously published under the title Living Buddhist Masters , Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly respected masters from Southeast Asia, Here, renowned teachers such as Mahasi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Mohnyin Sayadaw, and Achaan Maha Boowa describe a rich variety of meditation techniques—practices that can lead to th In this book previously published under the title Living Buddhist Masters , Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly respected masters from Southeast Asia, Here, renowned teachers such as Mahasi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Mohnyin Sayadaw, and Achaan Maha Boowa describe a rich variety of meditation techniques—practices that can lead to the dissolution of a limited sense of self, an awakening of insight, compassion for all beings, and the realization of Nirvana.
In other chapters, Achaan Chaa, Achaan Buddhadasa, and Sunlun Sayadaw offer practices clarifying the essential attitude that will allow each person to discover the truth of the Buddha's teaching here and now—the living Dharma. The book also provides an introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhism and a look at the Buddhist tradition as taught in Burma, Thailand, and Laos. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 14th by Shambhala first published More Details Original Title.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 30, Craig Shoemake rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhist-philosophy , theravada-buddhism , vipassana , meditation. First published in under the unfortunate title Living Buddhist Masters, the law of impermanence inevitably asserted itself and the masters died. The title was then of necessity changed to something more "permanent.
Titular changes notwithstanding, the book is still in print, and deservedly so-it should be on every Buddhist practitioner's list of "must read" books. Why this is so becomes abundantly clear First published in under the unfortunate title Living Buddhist Masters, the law of impermanence inevitably asserted itself and the masters died. Why this is so becomes abundantly clear upon glancing at the table of contents.
What Jack Kornfield has done is allow the Dharma or, more correctly, "Dhamma" experts to speak for themselves. His contribution has merely been to supply an introduction on the Theravadan Buddhist meditation tradition and then brief bios of the individual teachers.
The chapters therefore consist almost entirely of essays or talks from the featured "masters. While Kornfield's contribution is relatively small, it is not insignificant. Chapter two is more specific, looking at these topics as they apply in the traditions of southeast Asian Buddhism i.
Thai and Burmese. Chapter three is a gem-all of half a page, and that mostly empty space. Kornfield writes: "I have reserved a whole chapter to make a simple statement. The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to" p. I think everyone should stand up at this point and applaud, because I've yet to come across a more condensed, accurate and well put statement of what the Buddha taught than this.
In other words, if you learn this much-really learn it-you've done what had to be done and there is nothing more of this to come. But, thankfully, there is more to the book! It would have been nice if when the book was reissued chapters on these people had been added, but I guess you can't have everything.
My personal favorite chapters are those on Chaa, Sunlun, Mahasi and Jumnien. Certain tensions in teaching and practice emerge from these profiles.
There are those who clearly emphasize practice over theory Chaa, Sunlun, Boowa, and Jumnien, for example , theory as preliminary to practice e. Mogok and Mohnyin and those that seem somewhere in between e.
Then there is as noted by Kornfield in his introduction the tension between a goal directed practice, or a more natural, goal-less "way of living. Some teachers work within the contexts of monasteries, others meditation centers. The impression one comes away with is that there is something here for everyone, no matter their calling in life monk vs. Most importantly, it becomes clear that the Buddha's teaching, both as it exists now and as it certainly was in the founder's day, is not so much an ideology as a highly sophisticated technology one uses to cultivate and master the mind.
In other words, the Dhamma is something one does as opposed to believes. Feb 13, Tarasova rated it it was amazing Shelves: , dharma. Sep 02, Juergen rated it really liked it. Mostly from Burma and Thailand, the teachings are reflective of the Theravadan philosophies and methodologies. There is much to be gleaned and understood here. The sole complaint I have is that most of these wonderful teachers are no longer alive, so the title and part of the content, which describes the teachers' respective temples or centers, is quite outdated.
Dec 28, Dan rated it it was ok Shelves: buddhism. This was an interesting book, a much more serious, stricter, and in some ways harsher Buddhism than what you typically hear about in the US. However, I think there are likely limitations to the applicability of the practice of a monk who lives in a forest, eats once a day, sleeps 4 hours a night, and meditates for hours on end All in all, some This was an interesting book, a much more serious, stricter, and in some ways harsher Buddhism than what you typically hear about in the US.
All in all, some good pointers though. Jan 17, Alison Ruth rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism. This book is not a light read. It's so densely packed with wisdom that you might have to re-read the same paragraph innumerable times.
The book has many insights and if you pick it up and read it in intervals throughout your life you'll find new things to relate to and learn from. I really appreciate that this book does not read like a self-help book on meditation instead it is a non-dumbed down, intense and in-depth look at the art of meditation. Nov 08, Phillip Moffitt rated it it was amazing Shelves: experienced-meditators. This book contains the stories of 12 highly respected Southeast Asian meditation masters of the last century and how they taught meditation.
It reveals wide differences among these teachers as to what they emphasized. Sep 07, Mikaela Myers rated it it was amazing.
I learned so much! Oct 31, Andy rated it it was amazing. Great to learn the foundations of Theravada Buddhism. Mar 01, Shinta rated it really liked it Shelves: buddhism , theravada , meditation.
There are many methods of insight meditation as well as samatha concentration meditation. Many teachers who can show you the way s. I think it's plausible that you may meet different teachers according to your need and progress of that moment.
Apr 23, Matt Hiebert rated it it was amazing. I've read about half of Kornfield's books and this is my favorite, largely because it an unstructured, straight-forward commentary on meditation by people of the forest tradition who have very divergent approaches.
Dec 20, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , spirituality. Although Kornfield is technically the author, this book is a lot more dense than his usual books. He features lectures and interviews from 12 dharma maters; good tips, but not the usual Kornfield, if you were expecting that. May 09, Oh Teik rated it really liked it. A most beneficial book for meditators.
Clear accounts of the various Buddhist meditation techniques as taught by great Buddhist Meditation Teachers in S. Sep 13, Yixuan rated it really liked it. Reliable information, wide range of traditions, a little bit outdated. Excellent book, with a particularly helpful chapter on mindfulness in everyday life. A lot of different concepts were explained clearly with good examples or metaphors. Lynn rated it liked it Aug 28,
Living Buddhist Masters
This reprint of Living Buddhist Masters is one of the most valuable books in print on Theravada Buddhist practice, bringing to the reader the precise instructions of twelve great meditation masters, including Mahasi Sayadaw, Achaan Chah and U Ba Khin. With lucid introductory chapters and photos. Jack Kornfield. About the Author. Basic Glossary. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things.
Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters