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The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Shambhala Dragon Editions) Paperback – June 12, 1987
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"The Experience of Insight comes about as close to delivering the promise of its title as any written material can." —East West Journal
"A broad-minded, open-handed invitation to come and experience for oneself the everchanging nature of mind and body." —New Age
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Some of his stories may sound quite familiar since his book was first published in 1976 and those very stories are told widely around the meditation circuit. Goldstein is a serious Buddhist, and besides laying down basic principles of the faith, he also goes into more esoteric issues like the three pillars of Dharma, the five hindrances (desire, anger, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt), the meaning of Hesse's SIDDHARTHA, and others.
This book should satisfy both the curious beginner and the serious student of Buddhism. Goldstein is truly a guru, who encourages us: "Do not be discouraged by wandering thoughts or daydreams. Each time there is awareness of the mind wandering, gently bring it back to the breath or sensations. No matter how many times this happens, if each time the wandering mind is brought back, the hour will be well spent. Be gentle with yourself. Be persevering."
The topics chosen by Mr. Goldstein are basic but interesting. The author has a great skill of bringing in outside sources to help clarify and reinforce the ideas that are being expressed. Whether it be Taoism, Japanese Zen, or Tibeten Buddhism, Goldstein shows how closely the hearts of these teachings resemble each other. He also takes time to show that the different schools of Buddhism are just different ways of looking at the same thing or, as he puts it, different fingers pointing to the same moon. To become pre-occupied with the finger is to miss the main point.
As for actual instruction on sitting meditation, this book covers some things lightly but doesn't get into a lot of depth on it. He talks briefly about the common "Mindfulness of Breathing" meditation (along with some small variations on it) and also meta bhavana (lovingkindness) meditation. As far as this aspect of the book goes, I still prefer Pramanada's meditation guide, "Change Your Mind," to this one because of it's detail.Read more ›
You'll learn, probably with more understanding than you've ever had before, the Buddhist fundamentals: The Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the seven factors of enlightenment, etc. But they are explained in a way that makes their relevance and importance to your practice perfectly clear. I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I've specialized in knowing the difference between information that merely sounds great and instruction that actually helps, and Joseph Goldstein manages to deliver teachings that will really help you in your meditation practice. He will inspire you, encourage you, and teach you good technique. If you meditate and would like support for your practice, The Experience of Insight is the best you will find.
A far superior guide to beginning Insight Meditation is "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. A better betginner's guide to Buddhist philosophy is "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula. And a good combination of the two is "The Heart of Buddhist Meditation" by Nyanaponika Thera.
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This is the first publication of a sincere and deeply involved vipassana meditator, although he draws upon training from other traditions in order to be the effective teacher that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Satipatipatti
Good for all levels of meditators, this book is clear, challenging, and compassionate.Published 10 months ago by Brainstormer
Had this book decades ago, made a huge influence on me. The best book I've found on viapassana meditation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roy A. Lay
If you're looking to really pay attention to your entire life. This book is for you.Published 13 months ago by Eddie Antar
This is a very good book. It would not be my first choice to learn about insight meditation but one I would have in my library.Published 19 months ago by J. Jackson