Richard Shankman

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The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight

The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation audiobook offers a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice by unifying mindfulness, concentration, and insight into a single, integrated approach.

Mindfulness and insight—clearly knowing what is happening in one’s present moment experience—and concentration—the ability of the mind to remain steady and undistracted—are foundational elements of meditation, yet people are often confused about how these aspects of the practice fit together. Should they be doing insight meditation or concentration practices? How does concentration fit into insight meditation? To help, The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation audiobook offers specific guidance for cultivating both insight and concentration in meditation.

This book will be of interest to both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners who wish to familiarize themselves with, deepen their understanding of, and increase their practical skills in mindfulness, concentration, and insight meditation. New meditators who want hands-on skills they can easily put into practice will find the step-by-step instructions accessible and easy to understand. Experienced practitioners will find a complete and useful guide for deepening insight and cultivating the deeper stages of concentration known as jhana.

This book also discusses the most common experiences that can arise as the meditation process unfolds, and will help you find the approaches and techniques that work best for you.

“A wonderfully clear, simple yet thorough book on how to practice Buddhist meditation! Richard Shankman does a masterful job at guiding us through the natural and powerful interplay of mindfulness, concentration, and insight. Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, this is a book to keep close at hand.”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“In simple, clear language, [Shankman] shares how mindfulness, concentration, and insight form one complete path. A wonderful guide for practice! While valuable for anyone, people who can’t easily access a meditation teacher or supportive community will especially appreciate this book.”
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

Richard ShankmanRichard Shankman
(AUTHOR) has been a meditator since 1970, and teaches at Dharma centers and groups internationally. He is guiding teacher of the Metta Dharma Foundation, and cofounder of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and of Mindful Schools. Shankman is author of The Experience of Samadhi.



Alan TaylorAlan Taylor (NARRATOR) is a professional audiobook narrator and voiceover artist in Nashville, Tennessee. Having worked in television and radio, Alan describes himself as a “born storyteller.” When not in his recording studio, Alan enjoys playing the guitar (like everyone else in Nashville), hiking, and capturing nature’s beauty through photography.

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