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Product Details

  • Series: Shambhala Classics
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (March 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157062805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570628054
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This seminal work by Goldstein and Kornfield, cofounders of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA, discusses the development of Theravada in its unique American form.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A thorough, illuminating, and practical overview of insight meditation. . . . This classic text is a rich source of Buddhist wisdom and practice."—Spirituality & Health



"For those who are already treading the path as well as those who are just setting out, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom will be a welcome companion along the way."—The Middle Way



"It succeeds excellently. Brilliantly, one would say, were it not that the simplicity and total unpretentiousness of the authors are so far removed from any striving for brilliance or effect. Goldstein and Kornfield are totally concerned with one thing only: to convey as straightforwardly as possible the essence of the Buddha's message."—Buddhist Studies Review

"A skillful blend of pragmatic instruction, psychological insight, and perennial wisdom."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

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I found it very easy to read and follow.
Kat in a Hat
One of those books I go back to when I need help centering.
M. Shuman
A must read book for any yogi or meditation practitioner.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I picked up the pocket version of this book one day and happened to open to the page which talks about the accumulation of material items and the transitory happiness it brings -- how once the novelty of the item has worn off we go about buying more things-- all in the hopes of stimulating that "happiness" response. Boy did that hit the nail on the head!! I had to get the full length version and it has been very enlightening. A definte must for anyone who is at a point in their life where they are questioning their purpose, their "path" and want to know what to do to effect change. I loved it!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kat in a Hat on July 8, 2009
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I've read many books recently on Buddhism and meditation. I find quite a few of them hard to read; there are many says like, "it is your breath, but it is not your breath" that I try very much to wrap my head but never quite do. This book is much more straight forward for a western reader. I found it very easy to read and follow. It covers a lot, and I will probably have to reread chapters after I've done more zazen sitting, but it really is accessible and well written. If you are looking for a beginner's guide to Buddhist principals and teaching and want to start sitting meditation in a meaningful way, this is the book for you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kora on June 11, 2007
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I was very impressed with the authors' ability to address concerns that I have had with meditation in the past: specifically, that meditation often sounds like an escape from reality, or a numbing mechanism that shields one from reality. The authors speak from a depth of experience when they explain that meditation is like "learning to surf": there will always be waves in life, and insight meditation provides a method of learning to "surf" those waves and remain standing. The authors admit that a successful meditation practice doesn't get rid of the problems inherent in day-to-day living. It simply equips us with the means to deal with problems as they arise in the moment.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Shuman on January 8, 2012
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This book kicked off meditation for me. It is easy to follow and offers lots of helpful guidance to deepening your meditation and bringing more meaning to life. One of those books I go back to when I need help centering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimmymac on January 26, 2013
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I love the simple and direct understanding the authors impart as to how to begin Vipassana, the core elements and components. This seems like a training manual, for those of us who cannot attend a training seminar. I really appreciate the deepening of my understanding in just the first few pages. Mindfulness has made a huge difference in the way I see m own life and how i work with clients in psychotherapy. I highly recommend this bok, and anything by Jack Kornfield.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Lorz on March 29, 2011
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This is an insightful book. I am drawn to eastern philosophy. I love the quiet thoughtfulness that this book illuminates for the reader. Just reading it would make me feel peace. I loved it. Terri Jo Lorz
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on March 8, 2007
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well-written, I liked the collaboration and different pearls of wisdom from the two authors. A very helpful book for understanding the full implications of karma and the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2013
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Having started meditation 30 years ago with Transcendental meditation, I found Vipassana meditation and started with Kornfield's Meditation for Beginners. Seeking the Heart of Wisdom is a great step up! Expansion on dealing with Hindrances, and visual descriptions of memnonics for the process. Super!
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