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Insight Meditation (Shambhala Dragon Editions) Paperback – September 20, 1994
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About the Author
Joseph Goldstein began exploring meditation as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Following extended meditation retreats with various teachers in India and Burma, including the renowned Buddhist meditation master Anagarika Sri Munindra, he cofounded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. He has taught numerous meditation classes, workshops, and retreats in America and abroad over the last eight years and is one of the founders and primary teachers of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. He is also the author of The Experience of Insight , Insight Meditation , One Dharma and coauthor of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom.
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It's still a very enlightening and spiritual book that I recommend reading, which is why I gave it 4 stars. However if what you are looking for specifically is a step-by-step instructional, you may want to get another book in addition to this one.
EDIT: I wanted to edit my original review to add that I have since found a better book when it comes to actual instruction on Insight or Vipassana meditation: Mindfulness in Plain English. While I still recommend Goldstein's book when it comes to philosophically investigating the reasons behind meditation, Mindfulness in Plain English has more in terms of explicit step-by-step instructions for meditating, which I think would benefit someone totally new to the practice more.
4 stars not 5 because I am more familiar with , and feeling a stronger connection to, the work of Jack Kornfield. I'm also not a huge fan of the aphoristic style of writing - the book has a lot of one and two page chapters.
A must have for anyone interested in understanding and gaining insights into themselves.