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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928706215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928706212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Hetherington has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years. He teaches Vipassana as a senior assistant to the internationally renowned S. N. Goenka.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
For someone wanting a general overview of Vipassana meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka, The Art of Living by William Hart is good. But for someone wanting an idea of what an intense 10-day Vipassana course of this type is like and how it can affect one's life, these personal accounts by people from all walks of life (business people, teachers, students, prisoners, priests, health-care professionals, etc.) from many different national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds give valuable perspectives.
Perhaps the best perspective on Vipassana in this tradition for someone without the experience of a course would be to have a close friend or relative take a 10-day course with an attitude of open-minded skepticism. After that friend/relative gives the meditation a fair trial for 10 days and then judges its effects over time, the best perspective would be to ask that person, "What was it really like? And how did it change your life?"
This book tries to fill that gap of understanding. The accounts tend to be personal, powerful, and enlightening.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on February 19, 2008
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According to the independent Buddhist magazine "Buddhadharma," S.N. Goenka is the number one teacher of Vipassana meditation in the world today. He has trained more than 700 assistant teachers and each year more than 100,000 people do a Goenka sponsored Vipassana course.

Ian Hetherington invited people who have had profound, life-changing experiences from the Vipassana course to tell their story. The accounts in "Realizing Change" are from everyday people from all walks of life:

- medical doctors see Vipassana curing serious illnesses
- students improve their school lives
- a 70-year-old deals with a serious age-related health problem
- a hardened criminal finally finds happiness and breaks the cycle of recidivism
- drug addicts stop using
- alcoholics use Vipassana to improve their conscious contact with God
- angst ridden teenagers rediscover certainty and contentment
- a man recovers from a serious motorcycle accident, and
- psychiatrists see Vipassana improving their patient's lives.

Vipassana meditation has also had a profound and positive impact on my life. My three 10-Day courses were like a cosmic "defrag" and the technique continues to be a source of strength that carries me through life's ups and downs.

In fact, my "10-Day" courses were the most positive transforming experiences I have ever been a part of. I highly recommend the Vipassana meditation courses as taught by Mr. Goenka as outlined in The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation. I also recommend "Realizing Change" because it will give you an idea of what to expect from your own 10-Day Vipassana course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Corsus on June 3, 2012
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Realizing Change is a compilation of first-hand accounts of the effects of a 10-day Vipassana meditation course. The stories are personal and honest reflections on the benefits of meditation.

Vipassana meditators come from all walks of life. The stories which fill these pages come from young and old alike, from men and women, from those who have sat one course to those who have been practicing for decades. Due to its nonsectarian, universal approach, Vipassana carries a broad appeal to all those prepared to challenge themselves.

This book is a wonderful glimpse into the world of Vipassana for meditators and non-meditators alike. For those who are already practicing Vipassana meditation, it is a great joy to read how the practice is transforming the lives of others. Because meditation is a gradual progress, it can be easy to lose sight of the changes it has precipitated. However, when we hear the experiences of others, it allows us to get a fresh perspective on our own journey. Every now and then we have to look back and appreciate how far we've come, and consider the path we've learned with gratitude.

For those who haven't sat a Vipassana course, on the other hand, this book offers a hint of the experience that awaits. There's no beating around the bush: it's difficult. However, as S.N. Goenka tells a student in one of these stories: "What you get out of it is what you put into it."

Despite the challenges that come with adopting a serious meditative lifestyle, the rewards are far greater. One tremendous reward of practicing Vipassana is becoming part of a supportive, compassionate global community. The men and women in these stories may very well become your brothers and sisters, your closest friends.
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By Saurabh Morarka on August 20, 2013
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After taking the 10 day course, this book gives a nice perspective of how different people found it .. It kind of refreshes you with the course again. Sometimes in regular life, we start getting the benefits of this practice and since they become our regular behaviour we don't realize how this practice has helped us to those .. This book reminds us of them
Since this book is a comprehensive overview of all kinds of people's accounts of Vipassana, there are some sections that can get slightly boring .. For me children's section was that one
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harpo on April 18, 2014
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I didn't enjoy this book and wish I hadn't spent the money on it - however, I may not have read the description carefully enough before I bought it.
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