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Glickman is nothing if not practical, as his credentials suggest. The editor and publisher of Green Living, an environmental journal, and author of The Mindful Money Guide argues that sensation-based vipassana meditation as taught by revered Indian master S.N. Goenka is the most effective meditation method. Twenty years of meditation appear to have brought Glickman useful clarity: his meditation instructions will help beginners, his unpacking of the idea of Buddhist detachment is insightful and his correlation of new brain research results with ancient Buddhist wisdom is fresh and persuasive. When he moves beyond meditation and the insights of the four noble truths about reality, however, he overreaches. He discusses ethics, karma, nirvana as a nod to the whole complex way of seeing and being that Buddhism offers, yet here seems to be much more un-Buddhistically theoretical. His connections can be hard to grasp: Darwin's consonance with Buddhism is an intriguing idea that is under-explained, and the topic of addiction to pleasure is similarly underdeveloped. The biggest disappointment in the book, though, is the editing. Someone should have corrected the misspelling of Henepola Gunaratana's name in the bibliography as well as a dozen other distracting mistakes in text ("snacked very discretely," "severals times," "compliment and reinforce"). The book's strength is Glickman's nitty-gritty appreciation of the somatic experience of reality. The Buddha knew that suffering hurt. Glickman does well to emphasize the "mindbody" as the vehicle we humans have to drive to nirvana.
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Marshall Glickman began meditating in 1982. He has worked as a financial consultant, writer and is the editor and publisher of the environmental journal Green Living. He is the author of The Mindful Money Guide and his articles have appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. He lives in Williamsville, Vermont with his wife and two daughters.
It would be nicer if the book was strictly the technique. This book could have been much, much shorter.Published 1 month ago by A. Bentley
Just finished reading for the first time and have a feeling I will be reading many chapters again and again. Many gems of wisdom interlaced with practical advice. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frozen_Oasis
Best practice overall description and specific instructions on Goenka style Vipassana.Published 6 months ago by Jnanavat
I've read many, many books on meditation and this ranks with the best. No meditation is easy, but of the three or four main choices for objects of meditation this sensation-based... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by BookNut
I went to a Vipassana ( Goenka) retreat 3 years ago but the 4th day my husband and I gave up! To hard for our health! My husband is 68 and I am 57 years. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Ana
Honestly, I skimmed much of the book until I got to the chapters on the technique itself and the rationale behind it. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by David M. Bell