Jason Siff's New Book

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We're pleased to announce that Jason Siff will publish his next book, If Only I Had Listened With Different Ears: Three Novellas with Sumeru. Coming in December 2020, with a foreword by Stephen Batchelor.

Jason is an internationally well-known and respected mindfulness teacher, who uses stories as a vehicle for Dharma.

He is also the founder of the Recollective Awareness Meditation process. More information about Jason, and some of his extensive teachings, can be found at 


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Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get in the Way

Shambhala Publications, 2010

“Jason Siff is one of the most distinctive and engaging voices of the emerging Buddhist culture in the West.”—Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and After Buddhism

 “A creative and illuminating approach to meditation practice.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation

“A radically illuminating book for practitioners to newly understand their meditation through loving interest in what is actually going on, beyond any instruction or ideal.”—Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy the Laundry and No Time Like the Present

“A wise, practical, and radical book that sheds new and wondrous light on dharma in the West.”— Joan Halifax, author of Standing at the Edge

“Siff frees meditators from their own expectations, and ultimately, any guilt about not following the rules.  With a gentle style that’s encouraging, wise, and even playful at times, Siff provides a very useful guide for those who want to meditate, but need to ‘unlearn’ in order to move forward.  He blends his Eastern and Western experience to give the work spiritual rigor and grounding, while still appealing to a broad audience.  Readers don’t need to be Buddhist, or even familiar with its philosophical concepts, to benefit from Siff’s clearly articulated, thoughtful advice.”—ForeWord Reviews

“In this refreshing approach to meditation practice, Jason Siff invites us to ‘unlearn’ meditation as a way to bring more ease and acceptance to all our experience. … Unlearning Meditation is an extremely valuable contribution to our emerging Western Dharma.”  —Wes Nisker, in the Inquiring Mind

Thoughts Are Not the Enemy: An Innovative Approach to Meditation Practice

Shambhala Publications, 2014

“Jason Siff has developed Recollective Awareness meditation as a way of revealing and recounting the rich inner landscape of mental life during practice. My own clinical and reflective practice suggests that developing such recollective skills is a part of making sense of our lives and bringing peace to our inner storms.”—Daniel Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain and Brainstorm

“Siff’s book reads like a novel, but don't let the pleasure stop you. His instructions plug a common vulnerability for many meditators who get tied in knots, trying to discard thoughts as ‘distractions.’ Instead, Siff upholds the possibility of establishing a gentler, more respectful relationship with every part of our experience, learning from our thoughts and allowing calm and insight to arise naturally.”—Kate Lila Wheeler, author of When Mountains Walked and Not Where I Started From

“A respectful, intelligent, and refreshing approach to mindfulness of thinking. Rather than viewing thoughts as problems for meditation, Jason Siff describes a holistic approach to freedom through a wise exploration of thinking. For anyone who struggles with thoughts in meditation this book teaches a way out of the struggle.”—Gil Fronsdal, author of The Issue at Hand and translator of The Dhammapada

Jason also writes extensively at: https://medium.com/@jasonsiff

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