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Theosophical Classics
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The Brightened Mind:
A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation

Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu

115 pages
5 x 7

$9.95 paper
Also Available as an E-Book

Helps You Tap Into An Infinite Reservoir of Clarity and Calm

Sumano Bikkhu’s The Brightened Mind is a most precious little jewel, introducing the spiritual armchair traveler to the wonders of the Universal Mind as taught in the Buddhist meditative tradition.
Glenn Mullin, author of Female Buddhas, The Fourteen Dalai Lamas, and Living in the Face of Death.

Modern times have created a siege of chaos. Struggling economy, political turmoil, media bombardment and a general culture of isolation all contribute to this unrest. Buddhist author Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu presents a simple path to freedom from such chaos in The Brightened Mind.

Sumano speaks to the modern seeker from a unique perspective, as a former law school graduate and real estate professional in Chicago. He abandoned his comfortable American lifestyle for the begging bowl and simple cave home of an ordained Buddhist monk in the tradition of the Thai forest meditation masters. Now a spiritual teacher in Tibet, Sumano walks the reader through the workings of the mind and how thought processes often affect our experiences. He shows how to quiet the mind, turning off the "rolling documentary of your past and future" to experience the freedom of quiet focus.

Through easy-to-follow guided meditations called "mind trainings" or "mind-fitness techniques," he teaches the reader how to think productively tapping into the ultimate source of wealth, our own divine consciousness. Sumano posits that we all have within us this abundance simply waiting to be utilized. Using these practices readers will find themselves free from the body and the mundane, the I-ego mind. From this place of insight life’s challenges can be navigated with much less stress and with much more hope. As Sumano says, "In order to progress and prosper in peace, we must respond to the challenges of our times not from fear and anxiety but from a place of circumspection —from a brightened mind."

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Sumano Bikkhu’s The Brightened Mind is a most precious little jewel, introducing the spiritual armchair traveler to the wonders of the Universal Mind as taught in the Buddhist meditative tradition. It is at once simple yet profound, pleasurable yet transformative, and practical yet mystical. It forces us to ask the most important of questions, and also points in the direction of the answers. I can only recommend it to anyone interested in inner freedom and enlightenment. It is a wonderful little book.
Glenn H. Mullin author of a dozen books on Tibetan Buddhism including Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition and seven titles on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas

Drawing on decades of experience, Sumanu Bikkhu has written a profound yet accessible guide to meditation practice. Sumano Bikkhu expertly shows us the qualities "brightened mind" from the inside, with a depth and insight emerging from years in meditation retreat. He shows us that anyone, with practice, can brighten awareness and lay the foundation for a life of freedom.
Lama Willa Miller, teacher at the National Dharma Fellowship and author of Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You

The Brightened Mind, by Ajhan Sumano Bhikkhu, offers inspiring, multidimensional insights into the essence of meditation, not just in the quiet of your own room but also in the midst of all the forces of modern life vying to capture your attention. In working with this splendid little book, you will learn simple, powerful breath-related and other techniques to escape the narrow confines of your ‘I-ego’ dominated mind and touch the transformative and ever-present reality of Universal Mind. Highly recommended for all readers!
Dennis Lewis, author of The Tao of Natural Breathing, Free Your Breath, Free Your Life, and Breathe into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are

Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu is an ordained monk in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Though he makes annual trips to teach and speak in the U.S. and many other locations around the world, he spends most of the year in solitary retreat in a mountain cave in northeastern Thailand.

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