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Start Here, Start Now

A Short Guide to Mindfulness Meditation

Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A new book distilling Wisdom’s definitive masterpiece on mindfulness and all-time bestseller, Mindfulness in Plain English, down to a pocket-sized guide with everything you need to get started practicing mindfulness right now.

In a clear, friendly voice, this concise collection of beloved and renowned meditation master Bhante G’s bestselling instructions will teach you everything you need to know to start—and maintain!—your mindfulness meditation practice. The book includes practical advice on
  • What to do with the body and mind in meditation;
  • What to do when the mind wanders and how to work with distraction;
  • How to deal with physical discomfort in meditation;
  • How to overcome drowsiness, boredom, and inability to concentrate;
  • How to work with fear and agitation, judgments, and self-criticism;
  • How to avoid trying too hard, expecting too much, or getting discouraged;
  • 11 common misconceptions about meditation;
  • 10 tips for effective practice;
  • and how to get the most out of your practice.

About The Author

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of twelve in Malandeniya, Sri Lanka. He’s the author of Mindfulness in Plain EnglishEight Mindful Steps to Happiness, and several more books—including his autobiography, Journey to Mindfulness. He currently lives at Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in West Virginia.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (November 5, 2019)
  • Length: 168 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614296317

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Raves and Reviews

“Bhante G. presents classical Buddhist teachings with total integrity, yet his expression is contemporary and understandable by anyone. This potent book doesn’t just give you the tools you need to get started on your meditation practice; it gives you the tools you will need to stay with it when the going gets tough.”

– David Nichtern, author of Awakening From the Daydream and Creativity, Spirituality and Making a Buck

“For beginners, this book will support you to develop an informed practice. And for the seasoned meditator, you’ll be reminded of the important nuances so easily forgotten. I foresee both new and long-term practitioners returning to this book over and over for inspiration and wisdom.”

– Tamara Levitt, Head of Mindfulness at Calm

“This book is a joy and a companion, full of kind guidance and clarity.”

– Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up and co–guiding teacher of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

"Beginners will find [Start Here, Start Now] a highly accessible and insightful guide to mindfulness meditation, and even experienced practitioners may find this text useful for revisiting the basics."

– Publishers Weekly

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