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Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives.
"A straightforward and pragmatic guide to deepening levels of concentration and insight. This book is a joy to read and a great gift to us all."--Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace "Bhante Gunaratana has done it again! There is practical logic and an almost startling common sense to the explainations that lead the reader smoothly through the various stages of meditative concentration."--Ajahn Amaro, abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery "Elegant and profound."--Matthew Flickstein, author of The Meditator's Atlas and The Meditator's Workbook "Thoroughly grounded in the core teachings of the Buddhist path, this is a simple and clear introduction that will make these tools an accessible element in every meditator's practice. A welcome addition!"--Shaila Catherine, author of Focused and Fearless "Straight-forward and valuable."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith "Excellent and highly recommended."--Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx "Bhante Gunaratana writes with such clarity that we are drawn in to taste stillness and joy even as we read. An inspiring book!"--Guy Armstrong, senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center