When Awareness Becomes Natural

  • by Sayadaw U Tejaniya
  • Narrated by Brian Nishii
  • 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Finding awareness in any kind of ordinary daily activity... The first trade book from a Southeast Asian Buddhist monk-teacher who is becoming prominent worldwide, particularly in the insight meditation community.
Meditation is great - but it's not what Buddhist practice is all about. That's the message of this engaging and funny Burmese Buddhist monk, and it's a message that is finding a significant following among Westerners in the insight meditation tradition. Sayadaw U Tejaniya teaches how to bring awareness to any sort of activity in order to discover deep insight and liberation from suffering. It works in sitting meditation, but it works just as well when sorting the laundry or doing data entry.
"My teachings are nothing new," he says. "They are, as always, based on the four foundations of mindfulness: awareness of the body; awareness of feelings and sensations; awareness of mind; and understanding of dhamma or nature - i.e., mind and matter. These four foundations are as explained in the Buddha's discourse on mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta. How I offer these teachings is a reflection of my life and practice, and the way in which they are presented is to accommodate the way in which modern yogis live their lives."


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Eye opening

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This is one of the best meditation books I've read.

What did you like best about this story?

Sayadaw has a knack for dispelling confusions and pointing put the essential aspects of the practice. I really appreciate his down to earth, laid back approach to meditation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How open Sayadaw is about his personal life. It's really quite unique in a teavher of his caliber, and really allows you to relate.

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- Mike Shore


Helpful in some ways, but lots of talk about himself that does not provide much help to someone that has been practicing for awhile. What also turned me a bit was that he left his wife and young child to "become a monk", yet he goes on and on about how living in the world is a great place to practice. IOW, no need to go to a monastery. So, I found that reduced his credibility considerably.
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- Tom A.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios