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The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation [Kindle Edition]

Arinna Weisman , Jean Smith
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Book Description

Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith combine clear explanations of the Buddha's teachings on freedom and happiness with their personal stories highlighting some of the challenges and insights of practice. The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation offers advice about going on retreat and help in choosing a teacher and a sangha (practice community), as well as suggestions for further reading and information on various Insight Meditation or Vipassana centers and resources. Here is an enormously practical book that covers every aspect of the teachings a beginner needs to get started.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

It's hard to imagine that Buddha envisioned different schools to disseminate his teachings, but two great traditions have emerged: Mahayana (encompassing Tibetan and Zen Buddhism), growing north out of India, and Theravada or Vipassana, known in the West as Insight Meditation, which developed south and east of India. This good-hearted primer is a true beginner's guide to what it claims is "the fastest growing school of Buddhism in this country." The authors are well-qualified: Weisman taught at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. (the first and largest U.S. Vipassana retreat center), and Smith authored The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism. The tone of the book matches the spirit of Insight Meditation in that it is less formal than Zen or Tibetan Buddhism and also more autocratic ("individual practice is founded on each person's self-inquiry into what works for them"). The first-person stories nicely support the more instructional, but not doctrinaire, how-to bulk of the text. Complete with a biography of the Buddha, a list of U.S. Insight Meditation centers, some core sacred texts and a glossary, this volume is the perfect starter kit for people curious about Buddhism, who may or may not adhere to another faith. For those who may not even know how to put their hands together in a pose of dedication to take the Three Refuges vows, this gentle manual provides loose soil where tender roots might take hold.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Weisman, founder of the Dhamma Dena Meditation Center, and Smith, the author on Buddhist subjects, offer a skillfully written book as a companion to Smith's Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism (LJ 3/1/00). This book addresses the practices of the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition of Buddhism, and it not only treats sitting and walking meditation within that tradition rather fully but also reviews the basic tenets of Buddhism and provides guidance about selecting teachers and retreat centers. Highly recommended where interest in Eastern religion is strong.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1601 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBEW0
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Insight To Meditation March 12, 2004
Finally! This guide is a wonderful, simple, logical insight to meditation. Weisman and Smith answered many questions I had regarding Buddhism and meditation. I am so grateful for finding this informative book and hope to incorporate some of these methods into my life. I highly recommend this reading for anyone who has questions on meditation and transforming equanimity and inner peace into their life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Insight Meditation! August 28, 2008
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I've been meditating for quite some time and have been exploring the various schools of Buddhist thought. I found this to be one of the clearest written, most informative and helpful books on Insight Meditation.

There are others, including A Path with Heart, that are fantastic but if you're looking for a concise description of Insight Meditation and how it differs from other schools of thought without getting too esoteric, this is among the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to begin August 28, 2009
This book was clearly written and informative. It covered a lot of information but was not overwhelming. I particularly appreciated the stories that were used to demonstrate certain points.
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