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Insight Meditation: A Step-by-step Course on How to Meditate Spiral-bound – May 1, 2002
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About the Author
Sharon Salzberg, a student of Buddhism since 1971, has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Influenced by her more than twenty-five years of study with Burmese, Indian, and Tibetan teachers, she teaches intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Massachusetts. Salzberg is the author of several books including The Kindness Handbook, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, A Heart as Wide as the World, and the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness. She has also authored several Sounds True audio and interactive learning kit works including Insight Meditation (with Joseph Goldstein), Unplug, and Lovingkindness Meditation.
Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. His books include A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma, Insight Meditation, and The Experience of Insight.
Top Customer Reviews
Just to get a quick pick at how excellent this package is, the cards are. The Four Noble Truths. The Six Wholesome and Unwholesome Roots of the Mind. The Noble Eightfold Path. The Five Handrances. The Three Kinds of Sufferings. The Four Brahma Viharas. The Eight Vicissitudes. The Six Sense Doors and Three Feeling Tones. The Four Metta Phrases. The Six Stages of Metta. The Seven Points of Posture, and The Five Precepts. The Set could have done well without the cards, but they are excellent to keep in handy, in a place where you can read them frequently.
The two cds are spoken and very relaxing. You here Sharon Salzburg's calming voice as she guides you through breathing exercises, and meditations.
I have a few books on Meditation, and to be honest, The book in this package, Insight Meditation, has to be my utmost favorite. I love this set, and I recommend it to all that want to relieve stress from their lives, or want to connect with the divine within. Highly Recommended.
While I think the whole overall presentation is good and worth owning, especially at the price it is being offered, I do think there are a few shortcomings. For example, while the authors are well versed in their topic, they don't necessarily have the greatest voices for this type of recording. That may sound superficial, but this does make a difference for many people. Some of the volume control at different points in the recording were a bit jarring to me as well.
If you are new to Insight Meditation, you will find this a useful guide. If you are looking for a bit more depth, then consider reading Breath by Breath by Rosenberg. This helps flesh out some of the detail of what is presented in this series.
I gave this a four rather than a five larely because of the icing and not the cake. In other words, I think they could have presented their material better. However, this is solid and I think you can buy it with confidence for an introduction to meditation.
The workbook supplied for you here is beyond price, synonymous with the CD's really. Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg have both been longtime standing Vipassana meditation teachers, both with all-embracing training in various traditions of the Buddhist path. While you use these CD's to really get in touch with the truth of your life, the workbook is a nice way to affirm what you are finding in your meditation. To nudge you in the right direction a bit. The cards can also be used to place on your home altar, to remind you of certain truths when the thinking mind wavers. What an all around great box filled with insight here.
This book has struck a chord with me in many ways. Lesson one talks of being "disconnected" with the world having been "lost in the shadow of our conditioning." How often do we feel like we are just going through the motions or living in a dream instead of actually experiencing life and feeling awake? I also like that they encourage all people to meditate- although it derives from Asia; Christians, Atheists, and Wiccans can get just as much out of this as Buddhists and Hindus.
Stop judging others, stop judging ourselves, just experience the moment and connect with it, be a part of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
His book and CDs are a course on Buddhist meditation mixed with a little Buddhist thought. I thought the meditations were very good.Published 2 months ago by Jim
This set is authored by two of the most amazing mindfulness experts of our time, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katie Ladd
Sharon and Joseph are top notch. A delight to work with this product.Published 6 months ago by dj51florida
The first CD was a reiki CD and not the meditation CD it was supposed to be. :(Published 10 months ago by Amanda F.
I started a daily morning meditation practice at the beginning of 2013 but in the Fall of 2014 it fell by the wayside. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brian D. Thompson
This was terrible. Just terrible. Nothing about this kit felt authentic. I definitely recommend Pema Chodron and many others.Published 18 months ago by PattyP
I ordered this and it came with everything except disc two of the set. That sleeve was totally empty. The book and cards were in great shape though. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Katie Sing