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Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity
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Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity [Format Kindle]

Shaila Catherine

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With this accesssible guide, meditators (and non-meditators) can understand how to attain extraordinary states with relative ease. Blended with contemporary examples and pragmatic "how to" instructions that anyone can try, Focused and Fearless provides a wealth of tools to cultivate non-distracted attention in daily life and on retreat. Shaila Catherine has a friendly, wise approach to the meditative states (jhanas) that lead to liberating insight.

Focused and Fearless is about much more than merely meditation or concentration. It offers a complete path towards bliss, fearlessness, and true awakening.

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Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught insight meditation since 1996 in the U.S. and internationally. Shaila has dedicated several years to studying with masters in India, Nepal and Thailand, completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Shaila Catherine has practiced under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006; she authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to Western practitioners. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley. Lectures, articles, and additional resources can be found

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Its a revelation! 4 juin 2008
Par N. Jain - Publié sur
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This is the first time I have ever taken the pain to write a review about anything. This book is simply amazing for various reasons:
- I havent found another book on meditation which actually breaks down the various stages of meditation practise in such depth.
- Its very difficult to describe "thoughts" and mental states. Its amazing how simply and effectively Shaila describes all the concepts. Its a delightful and easy read.
- The practices and principles described are actually very simple.
- There many authors these days who write self-help/religious/business books without having much depth of experience. Having met Shaila in person, it becomes quite clear that she has actually practised and mastered what she preaches. Her writing comes from a deep understanding developed over years.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Highly Recommended Practice Guide 7 mai 2008
Par Philip Jones - Publié sur
Focused and Fearless is a reliable and pragmatic guide to the practices of absorption concentration, or jhana. It presents them within the broader context of the path of liberating the mind from suffering and dissatisfaction through non-clinging. The descriptions of these practices are clearly based in Shaila Catherine's own intensive and systematic exploration of them while also being solidly based in the Buddha's discourses and the commentarial tradition. Her writing is very clear and a joy to read. Whether you are simply curious about the jhanas or are interested in practicing with them, Focused and Fearless is a highly recommended practice guide.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Illuminating and very helpful 18 juin 2008
Par Dana Nourie - Publié sur
Meditating is not easy, at least it hasn't been for me. It's essential to understand the importance of meditation to our lives, and to see how far we can go in the meditation process. Focused and Fearless not only detailed the meditation process thoroughly, but also described in great detail the deeper stages of pre-jhana, and the jhanas themselves. It became obvious to me right away that the author has first hand experience with the deeper levels of meditation and throughly understands the topic and difficulties people have. Reading this book invigorated my practice, helped me see where I can eventually go, and helped me deepen my own personal practice. It's a must read book for anyone on the path.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rare and important 1 août 2010
Par Sandya Rakefet, Israel - Publié sur
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Focused and Fearless had been extremely helpful to me long before I was introduced to Jhana practice. I must confess that I never read it methodically, cover to cover, stage by stage. The first thing I did when I got the book was to eagerly jump to the section that speaks about the four formless realms, thinking it would be fascinating and inspiring. Indeed it was! But later I realized that it was more beneficial for me to read the sections on developing mindfulness, deepening my meditation practice, and understanding of the workings of the mind. I found that it is not "just" a Jhana book, but is tremendously beneficial to all meditation practitioners. It is an excellent and necessary book for anyone who wants to transform the mind, deepen their understanding of concentration practices, and realize the Buddha's path to liberation.

Both beginners and seasoned practitioners will enjoy the comprehensive "how to" guidance that author and Dharma teacher Shaila Catherine provides. She gives methodical and thorough step-by-step instructions into the realm of deep concentration. In addition, the book is interspersed with many helpful suggestions, tools, and tips that enhance concentration and mindfulness through daily-life awareness. She offers practical instructions for working with difficult thoughts, noticing the space between things, mindful eating, wakeful walking, and much more. Reflections on the quality of our daily lives, the conditions for happiness, our relationship to pleasure, and the nature of mind broaden the scope of Focused and Fearless to encompass essential transformative insights.

Watching and learning about the mind is not an easy task. It takes courage, consistency, determination, patience and dedication to apply skillful effort, direct the power of intention and mindfulness, work with emotions that arise in meditation, and practice letting go. With the support of Shaila's very clear, gentle and precise instructions in Focused and Fearless, it becomes easier to overcome the obstacles and apply the principles of the Buddha's teachings on liberation through non-clinging.

The many years that Shaila has dedicated to the development of her own practice and mastery of concentration and insight are evident in this book. To me, this is what makes this book so illuminating and powerful. It keeps its promise: not only does it decipher the enigmatic Jhana practices, but also portray the way to live an awake and happy life.

I hope and wish Focused and Fearless will be translated into many more languages, as many meditators around the world could and will benefit tremendously from this important and rare book.

Sandya Rakefet Bar-Kama, Pardes Hanna, Israel
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Just for Experienced Meditators 18 janvier 2011
Par Leslie Knight - Publié sur
I probably came to Focused and Fearless from a different place than most readers who will pick up the book. I had just begun meditating and, from the little reading I had done, was somewhat wary of concentrated practice. Focused and Fearless was not a book I would ordinarily have read. But my mind was so wild, when I was given the book, I figured a little focus might not be a bad thing.

Despite my initial reservations, I found Focused and Fearless extremely helpful and I devoured Shaila's personal stories. Two years later, I still sometimes rely on some of her exercises. Even individuals who aren't drawn to concentrated practice will find Focused and Fearless engaging and useful. Shaila's suggestions for practice "off the cushion" are concrete and down to earth -- for example, she mentions exposing ourselves to challenging situations, such as foreign travel, to develop equanimity. Her vivid description of learning to live in India, as well as her account of coming to terms with life after a serious car accident, gave me a new perspective on the tumultuous last few years of my life.

I am currently reading Focused and Fearless for a second time and am finding Shaila's insights even more helpful and true. As a beginning meditator, I haven't yet tackled the later chapters on jhana, but I hope to in the near future. Shaila has inspired me!
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