Bear Awareness

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“I wish all my favorite teachers would offer a book in question and answer format. It creates an intimate setting, as if the reader is in the room with Ajahn Brahm. In addition, almost all the questions are ones that practitioners have at one time or another. Have you ever wondered how ego affects your meditation or whether meditation can replace sleep at night? Read this book and get the answers from one of today’s foremost Buddhist teachers.”—Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick


Questions and Answers on Taming Your Wild Mind

Ajahn Brahm

“The Buddha said the cause for being a dummy in your next life is . . . not asking questions in this life.”

—AJAHN BRAHM, from his preface

In Bear Awareness English monk Ajahn Brahm answers actual questions from his meditation students—questions you may have had as well. While most mindfulness meditation teachers praise the benefits of bare awareness, he teaches bear awareness. He helps us make friends with the scary things that come up on the cushion, and he knows how to lift the mood with a well-placed stuffed teddyor a well-timed pun.

The intimacy of the question-and-answer format provides a fresh experience of learning from a master meditator. Whether he is urging readers to fly Buddha Air (sit back and relax on your way to nirvana), giving tips for dealing with panic attacks or depression, or extolling the bliss of meditation that is better than sex, he gives us permission to enjoy our lives and our practice.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9781614292562
  • ebook
  • 176 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614292715
about the author
Bear Awareness

Ajahn Brahm (Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera), born Peter Betts in London in 1951, is a Theravada Buddhist monk. Ajahn Brahm grew up in London and earned a degree in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. Disillusioned with the world of academe, he trained as a monk in the jungles of Thailand under Ajahn Chah. A monk for over thirty years, Ajahn Brahm is a revered spiritual guide and the abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia—one of the largest monasteries in the southern hemisphere. He is also the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, and spiritual adviser and inspiration for Buddhist centers throughout Asia and Australia. His winning combination of wit and wisdom makes his books bestsellers in many languages, and on his teaching tours Brahm regularly draws multinational audiences of thousands.

Other books by Ajahn Brahm:
The Art of Disappearing
Falling is Flying
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond
Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?
Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy

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