The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness
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Published: 1/3/2017
A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start—or improve—their daily meditation practice. The book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is both deeply…

One day, I will write a substantive post on how I got into meditation. This is not that post. For now, you'll just have to take my interest in the topic as a given, and accept that, because of that interest, I found a momentary reprieve from the suffering of mindless internet surfing when I came across this post on SlateStarCodex.

One of the comments on the post (yes, I was reading the comments) led me to these two posts on the new Less Wrong: Kenshō and My attempt to explain Looking, insight meditation, and enlightenment in non-mysterious terms.

These are big threads, with lots of words. I won't claim to have read them all. Not yet. Still, I read enough to notice one book coming up as a reference multiple times: The Mind Illuminated by John Yates. It was held up as a comprehensive, non-mystical discussion of why and how to practice meditation.

I've been meditating fairly regularly (5-7 times a week) for a little over a year. The duration is a testament to the benefit I attribute to it. However, I have definitely reached a point where I am wondering where to go next and, perhaps occasionally, where it all leads. I hope that this book will prove useful on both fronts.