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How is it that a person can meditate for five, ten, twenty years or more - and hardly change? Because they've reduced it to a mental gymnastic, explains Reggie Ray. In Touching Enlightenment, the esteemed author of five books on Buddhist history and practice guides readers back to the original approach of the Buddha: a systematic process that results in a profound awareness in our bodies rather than in our heads. Combining the scholarship he's renowned for with original insights from nearly four decades practicing and teaching meditation, Reggie Ray invites readers to explore: The body as the ideal place for spiritual pilgrimage; How to cultivate imagination, deal with pain, breathe more naturally, and other essential skills; and Why rejected experience becomes imprinted in the body - and the steps to release it.