The Art of Reflection (Paperback)

Ratnaguna

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Drawing on his own experience and on Buddhist teachings, Western philosophy, psychology and literature, Ratnaguna provides a practical guide to reflection in its many forms.

‘No-one who takes seriously the study and practice of the Dharma should fail to read this ground-breaking book.’ – Sangharakshita

 

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The Art of Reflection: A Guide to Thinking, Contemplation and Insight on the Buddhist Path
Ratnaguna

The ability to reflect – to think about and consider ideas, actions and experiences – is what makes us truly human. It is also one of the most important practices in the Buddhist tradition, yet strangely there is very little literature on how to go about it. Like any art, though, reflection can be learnt and developed, leading to a deeper understanding of life and to the fullness of wisdom.

Drawing on his own experience and on Buddhist teachings, Western philosophy, psychology and literature, Ratnaguna provides a practical guide to reflection in its many forms.

This is a book about reflection as a spiritual practice, about its importance, about ‘what we think and how we think about it’. It is a book about contemplation and insight, and reflection as a way to discover the truth.

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Endorsements

'This is a gem of a book that can be savoured and will enlighten.’ - Professor Paul Gilbert, author of The Compassionate Mind

'No-one who takes seriously the study and practice of the Dharma should fail to read this ground-breaking book.’ - Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community

'The Art of Reflection will give teachers insight into Buddhist practice. Even more importantly, it may help to develop the ability to engage in deeper personal and professional reflection.’ - Joyce Miller, RE today

'Opens a unique, fresh and unprecedented perspective on the art of reflection, an art which promises wisdom through thinking.’ - Andreas Hubig, Buddhismus Aktuell

‘Ratnaguna’s book The Art of Reflection is a refreshing and engaging read. It’s an appeal to all who consider themselves to practise ‘spirituality’ not to forget about the need for thinking, reflecting. When I read it I remember something that my Zen Teacher Philip Kapleau once said: ‘Most of us don’t think, instead we engage in ‘thoughting’.’ (A word that Kapleau invented to name some kind of passive mental activity where thoughts just feed thoughts without reflection or direction.) The Art of Reflection is well written and although it raises complex issues it is very easy to read. I highly recommend it.’ - Roshi Sante Poromaa, teacher at Zenbuddhistiska Samfundet