A Gradual Awakening

In this intelligent, accessible work, acclaimed poet and meditation teacher Stephen Levine introduces readers to meditation Filled with practical guidance and advice as well as extensive personal recollections A Gradual Awakening explains the value of meditation as a means of attaining awareness, and provides readers with extensive advice on how establish a practice DrIn this intelligent, accessible work, acclaimed poet and meditation teacher Stephen Levine introduces readers to meditation Filled with practical guidance and advice as well as extensive personal recollections A Gradual Awakening explains the value of meditation as a means of attaining awareness, and provides readers with extensive advice on how establish a practice Drawing on his own personal experiences with and insights into vipassana meditation, Levine has crafted an inspiring book for anyone interested in deep personal growth.
A Gradual Awakening In this intelligent accessible work acclaimed poet and meditation teacher Stephen Levine introduces readers to meditation Filled with practical guidance and advice as well as extensive personal reco

  • Title: A Gradual Awakening
  • Author: Stephen Levine Ram Dass
  • ISBN: 9780385262187
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Gradual Awakening”

    1. this book is changing my life's for anyone interested in starting on the buddhist path, or starting a vipassana practice is so clear, so simple, and so full of truths that just set my head ringing like a bell.i got it from the library and am now really needing to buy my own copy so i can fill it with notes and exclamation points.

    2. Every once in a while you come across a book that strikes you as a fount of real wisdom. This is such a bookStephen Levine writes about mindfulness meditation and the practical application of Buddhism in a more inviting and compelling manner than perhaps any other book that I've encountered. Levine bases his practice in the Theravada tradition, but he draws in other sources as well. But it's not his sources that make this book extraordinary, it's his wisdom. As I read these pages, I feel that I' [...]

    3. This book and "A Path with Heart" are my two all-time favorites for meditation and contemplative practices. This book is a great companion for any spiritual practice. The author pours himself into the pages in such a honest and matter-of-fact way. He has journeyed through many of his inner mazes and is guiding us with his words

    4. I thought it was a really thoughtful book, and a good introduction to vipassana meditation, or insight meditation. i really appreciated the guided meditations on metta [loving-kindess:]. it would be a neat book to read with a group of people to nurture their sitting meditation practice.

    5. This text has offered much in terms of direction and wisdom. I read a chapter and have to put it down in order to contemplate the expanse of understanding that Stephen has made available. Ram Dass mentions in an intro how the book provides a resource for those of us individuals who want to go beyond the introductory texts but who are lost in the confusing pages of, what can seem like, esoteric babbling. A Gradual Awakening is a powerful tool for anyone looking to strengthen their mind, learn com [...]

    6. This is a great next step from "Mindfulness in Plain English." It presents many useful tools without imposing a metaphysical framework as to how they work. Each section is exactly as detailed as it needs to be.I hesitated in giving this 5 stars as I try to reserve that rating for what I consider "desert island" books, but then I realized that this is such a book. It's more complete at 175 pages than 300+ page books I've read on the same topic that beat you over the head and never get the point a [...]

    7. I have read so many books dealing with the Buddha's path to spiritual freedom. I always completely floors me when I find someone who can treat the same material in such a way that I read in awe of both the power that the message still holds for me and the great depth of understanding that a writer can bring to its expression. This is one of those occasions. This is a beautiful piece of writing, so clear so concise and so gentle while remaining as uncompromising as the Buddha himself may have bee [...]

    8. not mindblowing, but a nice overview of how mainstream western psychology might see the value of meditation practice.

    9. Here is a person who made some big mistakes in life with regards to painful consequences in life, and now is compassionate enough to share his methods of finding some peace in life. I find Stephen Levine, John Welwood, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Michael Singer and Larry Rosenberg (and others) so helpful in wending my way through the morass of life. There is clarity in the chaos and they help to point the way to that clarity. Once on the path, life takes on a new sheen, even as it continues to b [...]

    10. A very thorough look at meditation and mindfulness and the role each should play in our daily lives. The end felt a bit rushed to me though for some reason, and touched on areas that could have been expounded on a bit more like the rest of the book. Most of it just included things that I've already read a lot of online and all, so it wasn't a lot of new information coming my way. There were some fresh takes on certain ideas, though, and it was a very positive and encouraging book.

    11. This book was an exercise in minfulness, that with the correct attention walks you closer to enlightenment and opens your eyes to new waya to challenge yourself. This book deserves to be revisted as it will,mean something different on each leg of one's journey and shine new lights with time. For those who know me, I do not reread books, this will stay on my to be read shelf.

    12. I find Stephen Levine to have a style of writing that is kind of dry and a bit difficult to read even though the subject matter is interesting. I spend a bunch of time going over what I just read to get the full impact of what he is saying. I like him and his ideas but I wish he could write in a way that was easier to read.

    13. Excellent stuff. I keep this one by my bed and check in often! One can never have too much in the way of wisdom teachings especially as a send off to sleep! (which I'm having a hard time doing right now at 4:37 AM!)

    14. Regarding meditation and social responsibility, practical instructions for day to day living based on the spiritual teachings of Budism. Chapters 18 (Letting Go of Hell) and 19 (Pleasure/Pain and Happiness) are always recommended for rereading and practicing by a friend named Ewing.

    15. Weena sent me this one. It is accompanying me on a move into more regular meditation practice. He has a practical, learned voice and shares his thoughts on a wide variety of our typical human experiences.

    16. Excellent for anyone seriously interested in dharma path or exploring alternative and more enlightened ways of thinking about things.

    17. It's an older book (1979), but still relevant. Very clear ideas about meditation and it's purpose in our lives. good directions about how to meditate and how to bring mindfulness into the world.

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