published by Wisdom Publications
“The Buddha said the cause for being a dummy in your next life is… not asking questions in this life.”
—AJAHN BRAHM, from his preface
In Bear Awareness English monk Ajahn Brahm answers actual questions from his meditation students—questions you may have had as well. While most mindfulness meditation teachers praise the benefits of bare awareness, he teaches bear awareness. He helps us make friends with the scary things that come up on the cushion, and he knows how to lift the mood with a well-placed stuffed teddy—or a well-timed pun.
The intimacy of the question-and-answer format provides a fresh experience of learning from a master meditator. Whether he is urging readers to fly Buddha Air (sit back and relax on your way to nirvana), giving tips for dealing with panic attacks or depression, or extolling the bliss of meditation that is better than sex, he gives us permission to enjoy our lives and our practice.
Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners can get something out of this book. Brahm writes in an earthy, fun style – he does not take himself seriously, which makes readers feel at ease. His teachers are peppered with jokes and avoid long or foreign words and concepts.
Distributed by David Westnedge Ltd., London.