Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get in the Way

Author(s): Jason Siff

Personal Development

Too often, meditation instructions get in the way of meditative awareness for people, causing them to feel 'stuck in a rut' or even to give up on it entirely. Meditation teacher Jason Siff shows that sometimes the problem is in the traditional meditation instructions themselves, which set up a tension in us between what our own experience of meditation is versus what it should be. His solution: let go of the traditional instructions. Meditation is so native to us, he says, that you can learn it yourself, completely naturally, by simply sitting, recording your experiences, and reflecting upon them. The goal is in no way different from more traditional approaches to meditation. The insight resulting from a quiet mind remains the aim. Unlearning meditation simply shows you how to approach the aim from a different direction. The approach has been wonderfully effective for students in the author's workshops and retreats, opening up meditation practice for beginners and reenergizing the practice of people who have been at it for years.

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"A creative and illuminating approach to meditation practice."--Joseph Goldstein, author of "Insight Meditation" "A radically illuminating book for practitioners to newly understand their meditation through loving interest in what is actually going on, beyond any instruction or ideal."--Jack Kornfield, author of "The Wise Heart" "A wise, practical, and radical book that sheds new and wondrous light on dharma in the West."--Joan Halifax Roshi, author of "Being with Dying" "Jason Siff is one of the most distinctive and engaging voices of the emerging Buddhist culture in the West."--Stephen Batchelor, author of "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist" "Siff frees meditators from their own expectations, and ultimately, any guilt about not following the rules. With a gentle style that's encouraging, wise, and even playful at times, Siff provides a very useful guide for those who want to meditate, but need to 'unlearn' in order to move forward. He blends his Eastern and Western experience to give the work spiritual rigor and grounding, while still appealing to a broad audience. Readers don't need to be Buddhist, or even familiar with its philosophical concepts, to benefit from Siff's clearly articulated, thoughtful advice."--"ForeWord Reviews "

Jason Siff is co-founder of the Skillful Meditation Project, based in the Los Angeles area. He was a Theravadin monk in Sri Lanka in the 1980s but returned to the U.S. in 1990 to study counselling psychology. He teaches regularly at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Cloud Mountain, and the Esalen Institute

General Fields

  • : 9781590307526
  • : Shambhala Publications Inc
  • : Shambhala Publications Inc
  • : February 2011
  • : 216mm X 140mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jason Siff
  • : 240
  • : 158.12
  • : Paperback