In The State of Mind Called Beautiful, Burmese meditation master
Sayadaw U. Pandita lays out the breadth, depth, and wealth of the
Theravadan tradition of Buddhism. Beginning with the basic guidelines
of Buddhism he then moves on to various practices. Those that can
be done for one minute a day; those that sweeten and strengthen
the mind; those that heal societies and families; and those that
lead to liberation.
Also included are complete teachings on vipassana or Insight meditation,
from how to do it, to how to refine it, to how to deal with difficulties;
teachings on the development of mindfulness, wisdom, patience, and
practice; and a concise biography of the historical Buddha, showing
that the qualities that allowed him to achieve liberation reside
within all seekers. Rounding out the book are a helpful questions-and-answers
section and Pali-to-English and English-to-Pali glossaries, ensuring
that readers easily master the meanings of important terms.