Perspectives on Satipatthana

This month we thought we would spend some more time rejoicing in the merits of Anālayo’s great new book, Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna, a companion volume to his highly acclaimed Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization. Published earlier this year, Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna has been received well by both readers and critics, with this review appearing in the Summer edition of Buddhadharma:

“In Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna (Windhorse 2013), the German-born Theravadin monk and scholar Analayo examines mindfulness meditation in the context of the Satipatthana Sutta from the Pali Canon, alongside parallel passages surviving in Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan. While Analayo notes that it is impossible to ascertain with certainty what the Buddha taught (at least from an academic perspective), he argues that his sources likely reflect the earliest available Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. While Analayo is sensitive to academic concerns, his primary focus is the practice of mindfulness; he guides the reader through numerous traditional meditative techniques, making this an outstanding resource for those seeking to enrich and expand their own meditation practice.”

If you’d like to find out more about the book, you can read our interview with Anālayo or an excerpt from Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna on contemplation of the body.

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