Foundations of Mindfulness: How to Cultivate Attention
A brilliant, fresh, essential book for everyone seriously interested in mindfulness—a sparklingly clear, step-by-step explanation of the Buddha’s original teachings on the subject, here considered wholly (paradoxically!) from a secular, non-Buddhist perspective. Thirty years ago—long before the modern mindfulness movement—Eric Harrison began teaching meditation as a secular, science-based therapy. Paradoxically, he rooted his practice in the Buddha’s original teaching: the Satipatthana Sutta.
The 13 steps in the Sutta offer readers the full benefits of mindfulness: attention, good judgment, and tranquility. Now—informed by a lifetime spent teaching tens of thousands to meditate—Harrison offers both a new translation of the Sutta (the first in modern English) and lucid guidance on how to apply it today.