Beyond Mindfulness

The Direct Approach to Lasting Peace, Happiness, and Love

For those who seek genuine spiritual realization, the practice of mindfulness may pose significant limitations. This book critiques the progressive approach of mindfulness meditation and offers powerful pointers and intimate, time-honored guidance for experiencing and resting right now in your natural state of awakened awareness, the ultimate source of lasting happiness and peace.

With his deep training in contemplative practice combined with a down-to-earth understanding of everyday life, Stephan Bodian helps us open to and rest in a natural presence and wakefulness that is our true home. His writing is so clear, warm, accessible, and helpful. A gem of a book!
— Rick Hanson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness
Provocative and profound . . . With great lucidity and care, Stephan introduces approaches drawn from non-dual wisdom traditions that allow us to relax back and realize the indivisible radiant awareness that is already and always here.
— Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
Beyond Mindfulness is a beautifully written guide for both beginner and experienced meditators. Stephan Bodian takes us beyond stress relief and shows us how mindfulness can be a stepping stone to a more direct approach to awakening. This is a unique and important book for understanding and experiencing awakened awareness as a new potential foundation for living. I highly recommend reading this book!
— Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom
Beyond Mindfulness may be the first of its kind – an insider’s critique of mindfulness meditation and teachings that is at once appreciative and challenging. Whether you are new to mindfulness teachings or are a seasoned meditator, you will enjoy this subtle, lucid and elegantly written invitation to recognize who you really are and to live from a radically different perspective. A wonderful and timely resource!
— John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., emeritus professor of psychology at CIIS, author of In Touch: How to Tune Into Your Body for Inner Guidance and Trust Yourself (2015)
Stephan Bodian takes us beyond mere words, ideas, and mental fabrications into the very heart of the matter. My own critique of and appreciation for mindfulness as currently taught in the western world is very much like his. I heartily recommend this excellent book to seekers of all kinds, especially those who have invested only in the gradual training of mindfulness and are unaware of more sudden, nondualistic approaches to awakening and enlightened living.
— Lama Surya Das, bestselling author of Awakening the Buddha Within and Awakening to the Sacred
Beyond Mindfulness is an important addition to the literature on consciousness and spiritual practice. It skillfully extols the direct experience of non-dual reality, as distinct from mindfulness. I found it clear, poetic, and inspiring.  Every page rings with authenticity.
— Robert K. Hall, M.D. co-founder of the Lomi School of Somatic Studies, Vipassana teacher, member emeritus of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council
For many people the practice of meditation plateaus out and fails to reach its intended goal of presencing pure awareness. In this book Stephan Bodian expertly reveals the direct approach that frees us from the psychological traps and spiritual limitations of technical forms of meditation. Everyone who senses that their meditation is conditioning them should engage with Stephan’s profound exposition of the wisdom beyond all effort.
— Peter Fenner, Ph.D., Founder of Timeless Wisdom, author of Radiant Mind and Natural Awakening