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Awakening Through the Nine Bodies


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PHILLIP MOFFITT occupies a unique position in the world of mindful living and leadership. With the astute business acumen honed during his years as a media entrepreneur combined with the deep wisdom about inner development cultivated over the past thirty years as an insight meditation practitioner and teacher, Moffitt brings unparalled insights and strategic vision to those seeking to lead authentic, purposeful lives. Moffitt was editor-in-chief and CEO of Esquire and led the successful turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s. After he left his publishing enterprise, he devoted himself to studying and practicing Theraveda Buddhism and is now a nationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation. He was ordained in 2001 by Jack Kornfield to teach vipassana meditation. His teaching is influenced by Ajahn Sumedho and his teacher Ajahn Chah. He serves as co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. Moffitt is also the president and founder of Life Balance Institute where he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living with a focus on how to skillfully make major transitions. He is the author of Dancing with Life and Emotional Chaos to Clarity.


"In this remarkable book, Phillip Moffitt presents a subtle and original description of the many layers of human consciousness, leading to the depths of liberating realization. Moffitt's understanding is relevant for students from both yogic and Buddhist backgrounds."

--Guy Armstrong, author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators

"How can we map the inner terrain of consciousness, locate ourselves within it, and even choose to travel in different dimensions to discover ever more subtle qualities of existence? Awakening through the Nine Bodies directly addresses these perennial queries. I will be enjoying this book for years to come and highly recommend it to all those seeking true inner freedom." --Sarah Powers, cofounder of the Insight Yoga Institute and author of Insight Yoga

"This beautiful book offers subtle and vast teachings on the mystery of the body and mind--combined with paintings by an Indian master that evoke deepening states of meditative awareness." --Jack Kornfield, author of No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are

"Awakening through the Nine Bodies is at once a vivid map connecting the vast territories of consciousness, a practical guide that can immediately be put to liberating use, the tale of a unique spiritual apprenticeship, transmission of a precious lineage that otherwise might be lost, a bridge between various yogic and Buddhist models, and an invigorating call to awaken." --Chip Hartranft, author of The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary

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