Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide...

NOTE... I am happy to change the location and/or the date/time to accomodate more people who make a firm commitment to participate.

The number of scientific studies finding Buddhist Meditation practices to be beneficial continue to increase...

A list of them will soon appear below.

Meditation turns out to be beneficial for physical health, mental health, concentration, attention, and more...

And despite my intent to make Meditation a part of my life's habits, I have not succeeded. I'm unclear about what it is exactly that I should do.

But then I came across the two books of Shaila Catherine at Amazon. The book reviews are stellar and I've decided to try to make Ms. Catherine's work the foundation of my next try at it.

Beginning in October, and at least through the month of December, I would be pleased to meet with others also interested in strengthening their Meditation effort through discussion of Ms. Catherine's ideas as expressed in her books.


At the first meeting on October 2nd, we begin with her book entitled Focused and Fearless: A Meditators Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. During the first meeting, I hope we can cover the content of the entire book, but especially pages 1 to 166. If there are other members who want to continue the discussion, I'd like to continue through her second book entitled Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana.

At the first meeting, we'll see how it goes and determine together how to proceed.


From the Amazon page about Focused and Fearless...

Jhana is a powerful meditative technique that opens the way to unfettered joy, radiant calm, and abiding happiness. Focused and Fearless presents this ancient meditative tradition as interpreted through the practice of a contemporary American teacher, and as such, it represents a landmark shift in Theravadan Buddhism by bringing jhana into the reach of busy practitioners. The book speaks to both non-meditators and meditators from any tradition, helping those who simply want to understand how to attain extraordinary states with ease while offering a creative, contemporary slant on this ancient path of happiness and wisdom. An engaging mix of contemporary examples, practical exercises, and how-to instructions that anyone can try, Focused and Fearless is an accessible, friendly, and wise guide that is ideal for both novices and the more seasoned practitioner who wishes to explore advanced meditative states.


Videos, references, and other links and "cheats" about the book...

Here's a Google Tech-Talks video of a talk that Ms. Catherine gave...



I will post more links to resources about the books and the science of meditation soon.

Feel free to post other useful references and your thoughts about this. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss...

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