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Issue at Hand (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Gil Fronsdal

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Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice. An inspiring and very accessible compilation of essays and edited talks on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. As Gil Fronsdal states, "the search for the issue at hand is the search for what is closest at hand, for what is directly seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt, and cognized in the present." Gil brings the practice of mindfulness not only to formal meditation but to all the varying aspects of every day life.

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Gil is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Gil has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from U.C. Davis where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers Collective. He is a husband and a father of two boys. You may listen to Gil's talks at www.audiodharma.org.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 étoiles sur 5  29 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Clarity as craftsmanship 26 avril 2009
Par The Dilettante - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
For my money, Gil Fronsdal is the neatest Buddhist teacher in the contemporary English-speaking world. His Dharma talks (see zencast.org or dharmaseed.org) are so straightforward and jargon-free that it's easy to mistake them for Hallmark greeting card material. But this clarity is actually the result of exquisite craftsmanship. Gil explains in this book that he's spent some time teaching children, and he's learned how to reduce complex matters to what newspaper journalists call the "nut 'graph" - the shortest and most elegant statement of fact possible within the limits of language. This book follows that model: brief and to the point. Where history or foreign words are necessary to demonstrate a point, Gil draws on his (massive) scholarly knowledge in the Buddhist Canon. But mindfulness is not about what happened in a foreign land 2,500 years ago - it's right here, right now, and that's where he keeps us for the majority of the book. It's as powerful, practical, and fun as the practice of mindfulness itself.

If you're looking for a introductory primer on mindfulness technique, there are better resources. (I'm enjoying Pema Chodron's How to Meditate with Pema Chodron: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind.) If at all possible, you should try to get a live human being to teach you, since mindfulness is essentially a participatory, experiential, trans-rational activity. But if you are a working practitioner at any level, this book will go a long way to supplement and contextualize your practice.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stillness is the way 11 août 2009
Par P. J. Vernooij - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
In his book: The Issue at Hand, Gil Fronsdal not only explains Buddhist Mindfulness Practice for the well educated but spoiled western mind, he doe this in a wonderful light and `straight to the point' way. Where others need hundreds of pages, he does the job in 32 chapters, in about 120 pages. He carefully choose his words, and polishes every site of the diamond Dharma. But Dharma are not words only, there is action and delibrate suffering.
Without hurting anybody's feelings, idea's, or believes, he demonstrates that most of us are lost in the idea of the Go(o)d outside ourselves. The `pain and pleasure game' almost everybody is surrounded by and entangled in. His experience and advice to us is, to become stiller and stiller, so we end up in the place in ourselves, where nothing is missed not even "me, myself and mine". The point is not to reach this state and stay there in some sort of nivanna, but to take responsability for oneself and the world we live in.

So read the book and take it in as if it was the best drink of your life
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gil is the man! 23 décembre 2011
Par Terry Farrah - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Gil was my first teacher of insight meditation. In the year 2000, I took his introductory course. I am a scientist and his explanations did not offend me. Gil is highly intelligent and articulate and also very warm-hearted. When this book was published, I obtained a copy and kept it at my bedside for a year. It fed me daily. Now I refer to it only occasionally, because I have internalized much of its message. But I keep a stack of these books on my desk at work, to give to people who are curious about meditation and Buddhist thought. This book is a gem.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You don't need to buy this book. 24 mars 2009
Par Jim - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You don't need to buy it because, as it says on the back cover of my copy of the 2nd edition, which I bought from a "fulfillment through Amazon" seller, "This book is published and distributed as a gift in the spirit of the Buddhist tradition of dana." ("Dana" is Pali for something like "the practice of giving.") And at the top of page 147 of the book it says, "This book is distributed freely to all who request it."

It is not my goal to deprive Amazon or any other sellers who sell this book of income. I just think that potential buyers of this book should know that this book was published with the intention that it be given away freely, though of course the publisher and author accept donations, and that it is now available online free in Adobe PDF format. Just search on the title and author's name and you should find it, as well as a ton of "dharma talks" by the author that are online free for the listening.

Now I will comment on the content of the book. I've practiced meditation on and off again since the late sixties when I was in high school. (I should mention that there are different kinds of meditation and that the word "meditation" is as generic as the words "cooking" and "exercise.") I was an instructor for mindfulness-based stress and pain management courses at a hospital through the nineties. I am not a Buddhist, however, or any kind of "ist" or follower of any particular "ism." And the nature of mindfulness meditation is such that anyone can practice it be they a practicing Christian, Muslim, or Jew or an atheist, etc. It's not a belief system, and Gil Fronsdal is among those American born mindfulness teachers, such as Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Pema Chodron (who is not a mindfulness teacher per se but who does teach mindfulness meditation), who makes this practice accessible to all.

Fronsdal's prose is simple and clear, and his explanations of basic aspects of Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and mindfulness or insight meditation practice are user friendly and easy to follow. And, his presentation is refreshingly free of what I consider metaphysical baggage. (I sometimes think of it this way: Two people who practice mindfulness can disagree on questions about the JFK assassination, and they can disagree on questions about the ontology of consciousness, whether reincarnation occurs, and much more.)

By the way, the reason I bought a copy of this book even though I knew about the free PDF version of it online, is because I wanted a print copy and it was cheaper to buy one than it would've been to print and bind one. I don't know if they still give out free hard copies of the book. If they did and I knew about it before buying a copy, I would've requested a free hard copy from the publisher and I would've given them a small donation to express my gratitude.

A very good book, in my opinion, but now that you know that the whole book is free in PDF format, you can check it out and form your own opinion.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Book 30 novembre 2009
Par Jon Haag - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A great initiation into of the objectives of Buddhism. It is written in very clear and concise English. Concepts are clearly defined and cross referenced to the original Pali terms, however, the book does not require the use, understanding or memory of the original language.
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