Essay on My Book Of Choice By Bhante Gunaratana

802 Words May 4th, 2016 4 Pages
DeAnn Grove

My book of choice was the “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Walking the Buddhas ' Path,” by Bhante Gunaratana. He has four other published works on Buddhist teachings, and has authored an autobiography called, “Journey to Mindfulness.” Bhante Gunaratana became a Buddhist monk at the age of twelve and has an extensive educational, teaching, and even political background. He put forth a very well written, explanation of the Buddhas’ “Eight Fold” path, that was put forth, over 2,000 years ago. Bhante Gunaratana has written the “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness” in such a way that anyone who chooses to read it will be able to understand what the Buddha is trying to teach about happiness, and that through the art of mindful meditation, one can begin to create a connection with “ourselves.” Which is why he writes about the importance of understanding the art of meditation. The fact that he uses real life analogies to explain this, the reader is able to easily understand the importance of mediation. For example, Gunaratana writes, “when we begin to meditate and are sitting in one position too long we become uncomfortable and experience pain, such as when we have ridden a horse or climbed a mountain for the first time, and how it felt, but after we have done this daily, it will become pain free,” thus teaching the reader the importance of patience. The book continues on with in-depth explanations of the “Eight Fold” path, but laid out in a manner that…

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