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This is the classic introduction to Vipassana meditation: a full-length study of the teaching of S. N. Goenka, prepared under his guidance and with his approval. Useful for meditators and non-meditators alike. This was the first book to appear in English that accurately describes the practice of Vipassana at length for the general reader. It includes stories by Goenkaji as well as answers to students’ questions that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.

©1987 William Hart (P)2011 William Hart

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Life Changing

This is a superb book, a life changer for me. It may be a little easier read in the written form than the audio, at least in part due my needing to stop reading and ponder several ideas here. The concept of sitting meditation and buddhist psychology and thought is by no means new to me, having studied it for decades. But this particular presentation was stimulating, not just to the mind, but to the spirit. Nothing to do with religion, just the development of relationship with the entire universe, presented in a very down-to-earth form.
Highly recommended!

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Excellent

I love this book. if you are interested in learning "insight meditation" then this is one book you must listen to and read. It's especially nice to actually hear S. N. Goenka teach at the beginning of each chapter.

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Quite scattered

There are a few good parts in this book, but if it is your first book on meditation there are many better to choose from.

the book focuses too much on the retreats in the beginning, then becomes preechy - literally classifying what is right and wrong.

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great book, low quality recording.

I listened to this book before a silent mediation retreat and it helped me so much! I love the concepts. the audio recording is low quality, like a tape from the 80's has been transferred over, and the bell that indicates the end of a chapter is deafening, but other than that, it is a great book!

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you will want to listen to this more than once

I listen to this several times so that I may pick up finer points of what is being said. It helps me with my understanding and with my practice. Definitely one of the top books that I use.

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Excellent. Practical

This book isn't a manual on living. It is an exposition on the central role of Vipassana meditation to the practice of Buddhism and the living of a sane and fulfilling life.

I found that listening to it gave me a new perspective on life. This new vantage point allowed me to have greater equanimity toward my impulses and manifested itself as what one would probably recognize as will power.

If the above was all I got, it would have been worth my time. The wisdom is succinct and penetrating. However, this is only a description of, and the theory surrounding and behind, the actual practice.

To be clear: it IS NOT a "guide to Vipassana". It's not a manual at all. It is probably invaluable if you are considering actually taking the 10 day course in Vipassana. It is worth it if you never intend to take the course.

I reccomend it highly. I hop this helps you.

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In the heart of the practice

Having been immersed in the practice of Vispassana Meditation in Myanmar (Burma) for the past two years I fully appreciated this excellent informational of the practice from a Western perspective. Mr Hart displays an astounding understanding of an intricate and ancient practice. I am on my second read.
Dr Sharon Caulder
USA

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Maybe the time of enlightenment had truly arrived!

Regardless of the sensations that arise during the first of this book, they will of necessity change throughout and, if the end is reached, the listener will be transformed mightily. More than once, I paused in awe, marveling at the exquisite awareness that serendipity was piercing me with it's arrow if perfect aim. If you come across this book... then by the same force shall you feel the pull to delve into it's wisdom.

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wonderful

the book just wont do it, but it will give better understanding. you have to do the 10 vippassana cours.

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Information I couldn't find elsewhere

What can I say? This book told me what I needed to know about Vipassana. Despite claiming otherwise, Buddhism of course contains moralistic and spiritual claims, and Vipassana is no different. But the technique itself is quite interesting, and different from what I was expecting.

My rating is a little law because there was actually quite a lot of moralizing. The spiritualism (past lives &c.) was fine.

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  • Daniela
  • 11-26-13

Just Brilliant!

This is an excellent audio book for those interested in any kind of meditation and Vipassana meditation. for beginners and advanced level. Very well written and narrated.

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  • David Mason
  • 03-24-16

very well written and easy to understand

loved this book. written with the lay person in mind. very well researched and obviously from the mind of a knowledgeable man. I would recommend this book to all.

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  • bernadette
  • 11-05-16

Clear and helpful

I listened to this before, during and after a 10 day vipassana course and realised how well written it is and therefore helpful to give a framework to this precious experience.