Touching the Infinite

Touching the Infinite

A New Perspective on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness
By Rodney Smith
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Shambhala Publications
Pages: 288
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 9781611805024
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Awakening manifests through the application of mindfulness to four areas: body, feelings, mind, and dharmas. Buddhists of all the traditions share this principle found in the Satipatthana Sutta, which has been expounded upon since the time of the Buddha himself. Rodney Smith challenges us to hold this teaching up against our own experience, and in doing so to discover the inherent interconnection of all Four Foundations. They are revealed to be a sequential path leading the practitioner from the world of form to the joyous perception of the formless. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness thus serve as a road map for any genuine spiritual path.
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"I highly recommend Rodney Smith's book Touching the Infinite. His explanations are interesting, lucid, and practical. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are, in themselves, a most important guide to the realization of the dharma. I congratulate Rodney on his excellent work." —Ajahn Sumedho, author of The Sound of Silence and The Way It Is

"Rodney Smith shares the beautiful fruits of his many decades of devoted practice of the Buddha’s teachings. Touching the Infinite freshly unpacks the instructions on touching the true nature of reality through developing an intimate relationship with the living components of our own direct, moment-to-moment experience. Seekers of system updates for dharma in the twenty-first century will find much fulfillment in this book, which has been written from the heart in a voice that is delightfully creative." —Dzogchen Ponlop, author of Rebel Buddha

"Touching the Infinite is a subtle, in-depth re-reading of the Mindfulness Sutra, expanding the horizons of mindfulness beyond self, beyond mind, all the way out to the ineffable and the sacred. As a Zen practitioner, I am struck by the consonance of these teachings with Zen. Thoughtful and provocative, Rodney’s words free us from the self-clinging inherent in so many of our received ideas about Dharma. Especially helpful are his many meditational thought experiments that bring his message home." —Norman Fischer, author of Experience: on Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion and What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind

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