Living This Life Fully
“Whatever you are doing should be done mindfully, dynamically, with totality and completeness. Then it becomes meditation. It is not thinking, but experiencing from moment to moment, living from moment to moment, without clinging, without condemning, without judging.”—Munindra
Anagarika Munindra (1915–2003) was a Bengali Buddhist master and scholar who became one of the most important Vipassana meditation teachers of the twentieth century. Unassuming, genuine, and always encouraging, Munindra embodied the Buddhist teachings, exemplifying mindfulness in everything he did.
Living This Life Fully is the first book about Munindra, and it features never-before-published excerpts of his teachings, stories and remembrances from Western students, a biography, and rare photographs.
"Munindra’s view of the Buddhist path, his scholarship, and his insight all helped me go beyond my fears and self-doubt to pursue meditation practice wholeheartedly." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness
"A kaleidoscopic view of one of the most influential figures in the spread of Buddhism in the West. Anagarika Munindra was one of a kind—wise, delightful, intriguing—and a fully human being." —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"Munindra was one of the most important teachers for Westerners in the establishment of Vipassana and mindfulness meditation. He was a warm, openhearted, scholar of immense learning, a pragmatic and truly compassionate teacher." —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and coauthor of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
"Knaster skillfully weaves teachings and personal stories. This is a wonderful introduction to a teacher whose students are now household names: Sharon Salzberg, Daniel Goleman, Jack Kornfield. This deeply felt, loving portrait of a modern Buddhist master will also inspire those on their own journeys." —Tricycle
"Good biographies leave us feeling better informed and closer to the humanity of some historical figure. Knaster’s Living This Life Fully does both, establishing the beloved, much-cited Bengali vipassana teacher Anagarika Munindra as a critical figure for world Buddhism in the mid- to late twentieth century and recording his last beneficial imprint on hundreds of students, whose tender reminiscences form the backbone of the narrative. The book is delightful, touching, instructive. Knaster does an incredible job of organizing a plethora of material." —Inquiring Mind