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Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Paperback)

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A prominent Insight Meditation teacher explores the profound implications of the traditional Buddhist teaching on the four areas to which mindfulness is applied as a means to liberation.

Awakening manifests through the application of mindfulness to four areas: body, feelings, mind, and dharmas.  Buddhists of all the traditions share this principle found in the Satipatthana Sutta, which has been expounded upon since the time of the Buddha himself.  Rodney Smith challenges us to hold this teaching up against our own experience, and in doing so to discover the inherent interconnection of all Four Foundations. They are revealed to be a sequential path leading the practitioner from the world of form to the joyous perception of the formless. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness thus serve as a road map for any genuine spiritual path.

About the Author

Rodney Smith has recently retired as a guiding teacher for the Insight Meditation Society and from the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, which he founded in 1993.  He is the author of Lessons from the DyingStepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self, and Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart.  

Praise For…

"I highly recommend Rodney Smith's book Touching the Infinite. His explanations are interesting, lucid and practical. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are, in themselves, a most important guide to the realization of the Dhamma. I congratulate Rodney on his excellent work."—Ajahn Sumedho, author of The Sound of Silence and The Way It Is

“Rodney Smith shares the beautiful fruits of his many decades of devoted practice of the Buddha's teachings. Touching the Infinite freshly unpacks the instructions on touching the true nature of reality through developing an intimate relationship with the living components of our own direct, moment-to-moment experience. Seekers of system updates for dharma in the 21st century will find much fulfillment in this book, which has been written from the heart in a voice that is delightfully creative.”—Dzogchen Ponlop, author of Rebel Buddha

Touching the Infinite is a subtle in-depth re-reading of the Mindfulness Sutra expanding the horizons of mindfulness beyond self, beyond mind, all the way out to the ineffable and the sacred. As a Zen practitioner, I am struck by the consonance of these teachings with Zen. Thoughtful and provocative, Rodney’s words free us from the self-clinging inherent in so many of our received ideas about Dharma. Especially helpful are his many meditational thought-experiments, that bring his message home.” —Norman Fischer, author of Experience: on Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion and What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611805024
ISBN-10: 1611805023
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English