Impermanence in Plain English

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“In this rich distillation of a lifetime of profound Dharma practice, Bhante Gunaratana invites us to ‘come and see’ for ourselves the liberating truth of impermanence. With great warmth and clarity, he shows how the awakened heart can find security even in the midst of constant change, not by ignoring or resisting impermanence but by fully embracing it. Impermanence in Plain English is a major teaching.”—John Brehm, author of The Dharma of Poetry

“This book is an inspired contemplation of the key to liberating insight—the perception of impermanence. Beautifully written in short, easy-to-digest chapters, Impermanence in Plain English combines profound teachings from Buddhist discourses with practical reflections on the myriad ways that impermanence manifests in ordinary lives. This simple yet deep guide points newcomers to insight meditation right to the heart of insight knowledge, and it encourages seasoned meditators to trust the joyful unfolding of this path of peace.”—Shaila Catherine, author of Beyond Distraction: Five Practical Ways to Focus the Mind

“Impermanence can be scary to contemplate, but it is also utterly freeing. Learn more from one of the world’s greatest living meditation masters.”—Dan Harris, Ten Percent Happier podcast and author, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works


Bhante Gunaratana Julia Harris

The bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English guides the reader toward a direct and personal realization of one of the foundational tenets of Buddhism: all things that arise must pass away.

Once-youthful bodies grow old and weary. New thoughts, feelings, and sensations arise and fade every second. Impermanence is not some abstract metaphysical idea. This is the Dhamma, and you can see it for yourself.

Drawing from Pali scriptures and writing with fresh, direct language, Bhante Gunaratana and his student Julia Harris highlight the Buddha’s exhortation that we must directly realize for ourselves the liberating insights that free us from suffering and cyclic existence, without relying only on the word of religious authorities or academic or philosophical musings.

book information
  • Papberback
  • 160 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $17.95
  • ISBN 9781614298915
  • ebook
  • 160 pages
  • $12.99
  • ISBN 9781614299042
about the author
Impermanence in Plain English

Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives.

Other books by Bhante Gunaratana:
Dependent Origination in Plain English
What, Why, How
Buddhist Suttas for Recitation
Start Here, Start Now
Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness
Meditation on Perception
The Mindfulness in Plain English Journal
Mindfulness in Plain English
The Mindfulness in Plain English Collection
Loving-Kindness in Plain English

Impermanence in Plain English

Julia Harris lives and meditates in Colorado, though her mind still roams far beyond the mountains of her home. If even one reader relaxes the ties of personality view and conceptual elaboration by reading this book, her heart will rejoice.

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