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The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation Paperback – Unabridged, August 4, 2009
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Although Vipassana is primarily experiential, I consider the intellectual framework provided in this book as key to fully accepting the positive impact of the technique. As the saying goes, success happens when preparation meets opportunity. Here, in my opinion, are two key passages from the book:
"Every thought, every emotion, every mental action is accompanied by a corresponding sensation within the body. Therefore, by observing our physical sensations, we also observe our mind."
"We observe the sensation without reacting, neither liking it nor disliking it. It has no chance to develop into craving or aversion, into powerful emotion that can overwhelm us; it simply arises and passes away. The mind remains balanced and peaceful. We are happy now and we can anticipate happiness in the future, because we have not reacted."
You can access your mind through your body. By viewing and dissolving areas of blocked consciousness in our body we systematically de-condition our mind. The result is increased clarity, happiness, certainty and true self-expression. In a world not overly abundant in these qualities that's an excellent contribution to make. I have completed two 10-Day Vipassana courses as taught by Mr. Goenka and they were the most positive transforming experiences I've ever been a part of.
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William Hart the author covers basic Buddhist concepts of the cause of suffering, training of moral conduct, right behavior, training of concentration, training of wisdom, training of equanimity, right thought, right understanding, eradicating old conditioning, and penetrating ultimate truth ... He does a superb job of clearly articulating basic principles of the Buddhist viewpoint. He provides techniques for developing awareness and thereby more happiness in one's life. In conclusion, another quote from the Budda (who said it best) ...Read more ›
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Full of wisdom! What an amazing work by Goenkaji! Blessed to be able to read his words. Thank you much!Published 8 days ago by Sandeep Ramji
I have read/listened to many books about Buddhism; however, I found this book to have the most straightforward and practical explanation of the theory, having a small amount of... Read morePublished 18 days ago by RockyP
I highly recommend this book to all those seeking peace of mind and freedom from suffering. Many thanks to the author.Published 1 month ago by Denise P. Wiginton
This was my first book on Buddhist teaching. A nice and well written book. I am looking forward to do a 10 day vipassana retreat soon.Published 1 month ago by Krishnakumar KP
Great Insightful Book. I more than halfway through it and I am enjoying every bit of it. It has changed my outlook on the world & life in general. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel Ley
If you are interested in Vipassana meditation or want to know more about meditation in general then this book is better than a great start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Gregory (Author, Filmmaker & Public Speaker)
Excellent book, great intro to Vipassana. For a relatively small/short book, there's a lot here! I purchased this in preparation for my upcoming, first-time 10-day Vipassana... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David JD
Great book on the subject. It is listed on various Buddhists sites as a "to buy" book.Published 3 months ago by Beethoven