Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $50.21

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.

On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, esteemed teacher and author Joseph Goldstein presents an audio curriculum to reveal the deeper insights of this vital sutta - and how it serves to inform and guide your own daily practice.

Goldstein sets the stage for your journey through the sutta by clarifying the Buddha's initial declaration of the "direct path" to awakening that is its promise. Through the wisdom of Buddhist masters of ancient and modern times and the expertise of his own 40-year study and practice, he shares the subtle nuances of each key term derived from the original Pali. Where do you find the ardency to sustain and balance your efforts along the path? How do you cultivate the breadth of mindfulness that makes any spiritual undertaking possible? What strengthens your perception of impermanence - both internally and externally?

With Goldstein's lucid instruction, you will discover a wellspring of profound revelations to revitalize and mature your practice, and help you bring forth its fruits in every area of your life.

Course objectives:

  • Explore the four abidings of mindfulness, or qualities of mind, as the direct path for awakening
  • Observe the three kinds of cravings and desires, and how they manifest
  • Analyze how mindfulness of the body is the first foundation of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha
  • Discuss the ways of clearly knowing and the four basic qualities of matter in relationship to the relative (objective or conceptual) and the ultimate (subjective or direct) levels of experience or truth

On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, Goldstein introduces you to the first satipatthana, the domain of the body. Here, you will learn the cornerstone techniques for successful meditation practice, as taught by the Buddha himself.

From appropriate places and postures for practice to clear comprehension of all aspects of the body to the elements and energies that make up our physical form, Goldstein brings you to the threshold of the "ultimate truth" of our bodies.

©2012 Joseph Goldstein (P)2012 Sounds True

What listeners say about Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    30
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    21
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    21
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Clarity and consideration

Joseph Goldstein has a wonderful ability to share the teachings and insight of the elements of mindfulness without being patronising or bombastic. His approach is both careful and compelling. He conveys a genuine enthusiasm and love for his discovery and willingness to instruct the novice and neophyte in the pathway to a greater understanding of awareness. His style is patient, self reflective and humble. His voice is itself calm and peaceful. A pleasure to listen to and appreciate.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A helpful resource for deepening your practice

I have tried reading the book version of this, and struggled, but I found this lecture style much more useful to get a deeper sense of the specific method of mindfulness. Joseph's voice really helps to provide mental punctuation on the really important points so you know where to start. He repeats and rephrased very important points as well.

I would recommend this for anyone who has been meditating for long enough to have some insights but also questions on how to continue to deepen the practice using the practical steps in the sutta, but rephrased in modern English.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent observations and teachings

I have finished my first listening and was very impressed...I am sure i will return again. Thank you.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Steve
  • Steve
  • 15-01-2016

Not what I was looking for

Only made it to chapter 3 - more of a Buddhism/ Buddhist terminology descriptive piece

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A. L. Root
  • A. L. Root
  • 13-04-2013

Beyond the cheesy-grin type of self-help book

If you have had enough of various simplistic books that tell you the world will deliver your wildest dreams or whatever you want if you just ask, and instead you want tough love, then this is a book for you. Joseph Goldstein has lots of experience and knowledge of Buddhism - an approachable, interesting, scientifically credible spiritual tradition that is 2,500 years old. Goldstein makes the Buddha's teachings fresh and accessible and provides new ways of thinking about a range of life's ups and downs. A gem of a book and a treat to listen to Joseph's wry, self-deprecating humour as he explains his encounters with ancient wisdoms.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr S.P.Davis
  • Mr S.P.Davis
  • 25-10-2013

Precision Engineering for the 21st Century Mind

What did you like most about Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1?

Owning it; knowing it; letting it go.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1?

The meditation bell....coming and going without error.

What about Joseph Goldstein’s performance did you like?

It's completeness.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In Emptiness, no-one can hear your Noble Silence.

Any additional comments?

This is a superb presentation of the 'body contemplations'. An absolute must listen for all genuine lovers of dhamma. Goldstein makes a lot of sense and knows his subject extremely well.

Heartily recommended.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mike
  • mike
  • 29-01-2015

Clear and to the point

Excellent teacher - speaking very directly

Bears multiple listening so excellent value

I've ticked 5 stars for story just so the recommendation sticks at 5 stars

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Michelle D'Angelo
  • Michelle D'Angelo
  • 25-03-2018

Excellent

Enlightening. Entertaining. Thought Provoking. Useful for your own meditation practice and taking it to several depths deeper. Thank you for taking me on such a wonderful journey.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ASHISH SINHA
  • ASHISH SINHA
  • 17-09-2020

This is an excellent book on mindfulness

Explanation of Buddhist concepts in easy to understand language and practical examples. Great teaching and I am definitely going to read the other books of the series.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kyle
  • Kyle
  • 13-06-2020

Dry but useful!

... Even for a non-dual tantrika! Lacked a little depth, but potent guidance abounds!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2020

Wonderful book

Beautiful teaching delivered in an easy manner. Highly recommended . A good start for a wonderful journey

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jon L
  • Jon L
  • 10-04-2020

Tremendous series

Tremendous series of dharma talks that really help to deepen ones understanding. Joseph is great to listen to.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-2019

Great Wisdom

There is a lot of insight within these recorded talks and the content lends itself well to audiobook format

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.