The Foundations of Mindfulness
How to Cultivate Attention, Good Judgment, and Tranquility
Discover the wisdom of the Buddha’s original teachings on mindfulness
Usually translated as The Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta—taken from the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha himself—is the original “DIY manual” on how to meditate and be mindful. Just a few pages long, with 13 recommended practices, it provides the authority for the worldwide practice of mindfulness. However, this influential text has been neglected of late—not least because the common translation, in Victorian English, is virtually indecipherable. So, many modern mindfulness students—focused instead on the Zen practice of “just sitting”—risk missing the benefits of the Buddha’s more sophisticated approach.
Eric Harrison first translated the Satipatthana Sutta in 1975 and made it the basis of his decades-long teaching career. Now, with a new translation and commentary informed by a lifelong consideration of the Buddha’s original teachings, Harrison makes mindfulness more accessible than ever—to psychologists, teachers, and everyone with a serious interest in the practice looking for deeply informed, sparklingly clear insights and guidance.
“For people seriously interested in mindfulness, this is a step-by step explanation of the Buddha’s original teachings on the subject, considered wholly (and paradoxically) from a secular, non-Buddhist perspective.”— Publishers Weekly
“A deeply engaging book which both Buddhist meditators and secular mindfulness practitioners around the globe will find useful. To help clarify mindfulness, Eric Harrison explores the relationships, overlaps, and divergences between western Buddhist meditation and secular mindfulness. Whatever your particular views and preferences on the subject, The Foundations of Mindfulness will help you locate them. I also enjoyed Eric’s translation of the Satipatthana Sutta for its accessibility.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“The Satipatthana Sutta is one of the Buddha’s foundational teachings on mindfulness. This commentary by a staunchly non-Buddhist mindfulness teacher makes for a stimulating and, at times, provocative read.” — David Michie, author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat series and Mindfulness is Better Than Chocolate
Fully revised 2nd edition, published by PMC, 2005. 176 pages.
Available from PMC: $25 + $5 postage
The 5-Minute Meditator is printed in full colour with over a hundred photos, diagrams and cartoons. It contains 42 exercises to help you calm your body and mind in short bursts throughout the day. Learn to ‘be present’, to be more sensual and just ‘do what you are doing’. Once you know how, you can relax 50% in just two or three minutes, and stay relaxed thereafter while you walk, eat, work, shop, wait or do exercise or housework. Since short meditations naturally grow into longer ones when circumstances allow, this book is an excellent introduction to meditation itself.
How to Meditate. Part 1: The Basic Kit
This 2-CD set contains short and long guided meditations by Eric Harrison, with music by Japanese flute master Riley Lee. It is the perfect way to learn meditation at home, and an excellent companion to The 5-Minute Meditator. This CD set, along with Part 2, is the 2011 full revision of the original 4-CD set from 2006.
Available from PMC for $30 inclusive of postage. To order, see below
Short, Active Meditations
You don’t always have to sit down for a long time to meditate. Relaxing a little many times a day, shedding stress whever you need to and enjoying the present, can be far more productive. These two CDs supplement The 5-Minute Meditator and show you how to make meditation an integral part of our life.
Available from PMC for $30 inclusive of postage. To order, see below.
The Foundations of Mindfulness
How to relax, pay attention, see what is happening and think clearly, according to the Buddha’s original text on mindfulness.
The Foundations of Mindfulness is the Buddha’s original DIY text on the subject. This book presents a new translation of this text, and a practical and critical commentary on it. It is written for people new to mindfulness, for psychologists working in the field, and for Western Buddhists and scholars who want to know more about the tradition.
Note: This book is almost out of print and will soon be unavailable. However the fully revised second edition of this book will appear in New York, Australia and the UK around April next year.
How to Meditate. Part 2: Awareness
Meditation is much more than relaxation alone. This 2-CD set contains short and long guided meditations to develop present-moment awareness, or mindfulness, with music by flute master Riley Lee. This CD set is now out-of-print, but the tracks can be heard on the mp3 page.
Stress, Health and Meditation
The CDs above explain how to meditate. This 2-CD audiobook explain why it is so important for your physical and mental health, and the kinds of results you can expect. It replaces the now out-of-print Meditation and Health.
This CD is now out-of-print, but some of the information can be found in the meditation articles section of the website.
This book has been superceded by The Foundations of Mindfulness and is now out of print.
This book defines mindfulness and meditation (no, they are not the same) and explains how to practise them. It looks at our vernacular usage of the word ‘mindful’; the greatly expanded psychological usage; and the original Buddhist meaning. Each of these has its own special limitations and strengths.
This book argues that the Buddha’s DIY text, The Foundations of Mindfulness, is still the most systematic and lucid explanation of mindfulness available to us. Furthermore, its highly practical techniques can be easily extracted from their monastic context, and adapted to our very different purposes. This book includes a translation of this little known text.
The Art of Awareness
Published 2007 by PMC. 168 pages.
This book is now out of print but is readily available through the library service.
Meditation is much more than a relaxation technique. It can also give you a calm, clear and self-observant quality of mind that we call ‘awareness’ or ‘mindfulness’. To be aware means you are fully ‘present’ with whatever you do, and can see your thoughts and emotions with detachment and insight. This leads to inner balance and self-understanding, and the kind of deep, intelligent thought that is the true reward of meditation.
Meditation and Health
Published by PMC, 2001. 200 pages.
This book is now out of print, but is readily available through the library service. The earlier edition can still be purchased locally under the title of ‘How Meditation Heals’ through Piatkus Books (UK), or Ulysses Press (USA). You can also download an electronic (PDF) version from the Melbourne Meditation Centre.
This book has now been superceded by the audiobook Stress, Health and Meditation
Do You Want To Meditate?
Published by PMC in 2006
This book is now out of print, but you are still likely to find copies around. It is readily available through the library service. The book was revised four times since 1990, and was also published under the title Teach Yourself to Meditate by Simon and Schuster Australia, and Piatkus Books UK. It has now been translated into at least 10 languages and sold about 150,000 copies worldwide. Until recently it was the instruction manual used at Perth Meditation Centre, but it has now been superceded by The 5-Minute Meditator and the How to Meditate CDs above.
How to order
- By phone: 0410 421 908
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By post: Perth Meditation Centre, Box 1019, Subiaco 6904
- your name, address and phone number,
- the name of the book or CDs you want, and
- full payment.
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Account Name: Perth Meditation Centre
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For international orders, or to purchase products online, please do so via melbournemeditationcentre.com.au.