Last week I gave an author talk at Insight Meditation South Bay a wonderfully vibrant Theravada sangha in Mountain View, CA, the hometown of Google and Facebook. The room was filled to capacity with sangha members and many local mental health professionals for whom it was a first visit to a Buddhist meditation group. I saw this as an opportunity to present a talk which reflected this wonderful mix of colleagues and dharma friends by focusing on the conceptual evolution of liberation of mind in Buddhist philosophy/psychology and its practical application.
You can listen to it here.
Each day I hear from clinicians who have read Effortless Mindfulness and seem eager to express gratitude for its clarity, helpfulness and richness. I confess to being more than a little surprised each time I receive this kind of feedback about a book that I knew would be useful, but is also a challenging and demanding read.
Recently, Jon Kabat-Zinn shared his thoughts about the book with me. “It is awesome. I have waited a long time for someone to articulate this at the level of resolution that you are doing referent to all the various dharma streams. Thank you for writing your groundbreaking book bringing the conversation about the classical Dharma world and its relationship to genuine mental health to this next level. I hope it is very widely read and studied.”