The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa is phenomenal. I’ve never encountered such a clear, practical and comprehensive meditation manual ; and I’ve read hundreds of meditation books.
Much like Daniel Ingram’s Mastering the Core Teaching of the Buddha, The Mind Illuminated is practice-oriented. It presents a 10 stages road-map of meditative practice, each stage with its specific goal, challenge and insight. Every stage is flawlessly described to help you tackle obstacles with the appropriate techniques as you walk on the path.
With tons of helpful illustrations and diagrams, The Mind Illuminated is accessible and yet retains the depth you’d find in traditional books like the Visuddhimagga. The Mind Illuminated offers step-by-step guidance – from the very first sit all the way to mastery of the deepest states of peace and insight.
Culadasa succeeds at teaching complex and abstract topics like the Jhanas and other high levels of attainments with refreshing clarity. And as if that wasn’t enough, the author also is a former professor of neuroscience.
Here’s what Culadasa has to say about The Mind Illuminated:
This book is appropriate for anyone with a strong interest in meditation, from a complete beginner to someone who has practiced for decades. It will be particularly useful for those who already have a practice and feel ready to go further on the contemplative path. It’s also for people who are dissatisfied with their progress despite years of meditation. This includes practitioners who feel they’ve actually benefited from meditation, but who have started to believe the more profound states of consciousness meditation offers are beyond their reach. Rest assured, the full rewards of meditation are closer than you think.