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Beyond the Breath: Extraordinary Mindfulness Through Whole-Body Vipassana Meditation Paperback – November 15, 2002
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The book stated a strong case for practicing the precepts of Buddhism in addition to just meditation. The explanation and tie in to the laws of attraction and Kharma were very clear and well thought out.
Any one interested in Vipassana should try this book. Anyone interested in integrating meditation and Buddhism into their lives, but have yet to make the jump, should also try it.
In "Beyond the Breath" Marshall discusses Buddhism in general, Vipassana meditation in particular, and the scientific and biochemical underpinnings which make Vipassana meditation so effective. All of this in a simple and accessible style which both beginners and experienced meditators will read with enjoyment. Marshall points out some of the critical points concerning Vipassana mediation such as the fact that it is a gradual process; like "a dawn" rather then "a lightning bolt", that we must learn not to "confuse pleasure with happiness", and that the mind-body connection is such that it is possible to understand the term "mind" as including not only the brain and it's congnitive processes but also the body and it's physical sensations. He then goes on to explain how these and other abstract ideas from Buddhist philosophy and cosmology are realized in meditation practice and how such insights lead to a greater happiness.
I would, however, express reservations (or perhaps further stress similar assertions made by Marshall) concerning the practical and specific recommendations and meditation instructions contained in this book. I'm not certain that this form of Vipassana can be effectively learned by most people outside of a 10-day course. I would recommend reading these sections of the book as the particular opinions, perspectives and experiences of one meditator rather then as an instruction manual.
If you want to understand the science behind meditation, if you want to enliven your practice, if you just want a little help with the day to day upsets in life and manage your emotions...READ THIS BOOK.
It's actually classified as a "Self Help" book, and thats the section you'll find it in at Barnes & Noble, and it truly is. Glickman nailed it!
'traditional' clubbing from a Zen Master in the process) during the decades he spent
trying different Buddhist meditative techniques, looking for the most effective
method to transcend his ego. His excellent book about Vipassana Meditation,
"Beyond the Breath", (no clubbing in that technique) was the result of his search.
Glickman thinks Vipassana is likely closest to the style of meditation practiced
by the Buddha himself. The author takes us on a very intellectually accessable
tour of Buddhist and related Western philosophical thought, including showing how
modern science supports what the Buddha taught about people and the Universe
thousands of years ago. Buddha was searching for the source of human suffering and
a way to find relief from it. Glickman tells us what answers Buddha found and how
Vipassana Meditation can have a relieving effect on our own sufferings today.
"Beyond the Breath" is one of those books you regret having to put down.
I think you will very much enjoy reading it, and through it meeting a very erudite
and likable author.
Now that I have read his book, I have no excuse for not committing to practicing
the technique, though it may even take a little Zen clubbing to get me going.
From my reading, Marshall Glickman is very understanding about such very human
problems and his book includes lots of helpful advice about getting started.
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For example, the First Noble Truth of Buddhism, "LIFE IS SUFFERING" probably sounds completely dismal and off-putting to the average Westerner--a real hindrance to investigating Buddhism further. Most people would probably respond with, "Well, isn't life basically good? Isn't life what you make it?" The author, however, puts a subtle spin on the First Noble Truth which, in my opinion, makes Buddhism a lot more appealing. The author suggests that, "Something is always a bit off," or "Things are never just right."
He explains it this way. Pleasure and pain are nature's binary operating system which works in a nonverbal sensation-based way. Unfortunately, we confuse pleasure with happiness. Pleasure is addictive and we can easily get entranced by it making it our goal. The biochemistry of pleasure is the same as addiction. When pleasure dissipates it leaves us agitated and hungry for more. Unfortunately, trying to hold onto pleasure and keep pain at bay causes unhappiness because even the best of pleasures can't give us total satisfaction.
Marshall supports traditional Buddhist notions on materialism by citing a study that found that the pleasure we get from owning things hinges on one-upmanship, hardly a source of lastly fulfillment or happiness. There is also an interesting section on the psychological experiences of organ transplant recipients that dramatically demonstrates the body-mind connection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Following my ten day attendance at the Vipassana Center, this book is an amazing tool to keep me on track. I recommend it for anyone practicing or new to Mindfulness.Published 1 month ago by Rae D
I purchased this book because I have been long intrigued with the concept of mindfulness when I first read the book ''Wherever You Go,There You Are,'' by Jon Kabat-Zinn over 20... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PositiveLogic
After completing a ten-day course, I was looking for a good resource. This answered a lot of questions and gave me some new insights into the vipassana technique.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am so thankful to Marshall Glickman for writing this book. As someone who is unable to attend a 10 day retreat due to a background of severe trauma meaning it would be too... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Betty
Bought this book as a continuation of my first experience at a vipassana retreat. I highly recommend it! Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tiffany Lambert
Wow. I have read many books on Buddhism and meditation and this one is one of the best I've read.Maybe it was a case of "If the student is ready, the teacher will appear"... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It would be nicer if the book was strictly the technique. This book could have been much, much shorter.Published 6 months ago by A. Bentley