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Beyond the Breath

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Beyond the Breath is one of the first books to give a complete overview and description of sensation based vipassana meditation, the form of mediation thought of as the original method of meditation as used by the Buddha 2,500 years ago. This form of meditation, brought to the West by S.N. Geoneka, provides a means to experience emotions directly and nonverbally—accessing ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 15th 2002 by Tuttle Publishing
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Ellen
Dec 02, 2013 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Meditators, those new to Vipassana
This is a sort of How To manual for S.N. Goenka's meditation technique. I say that with the caveat that Glickman does not imply his book is in any way a substitute for the actual teachings; he encourages readers to sit the official 10 Day Vipassana Course in order to truly experience the technique as intended by Goenka. But having done so, I have to say I was glad to have read this before attending the intensive. And I've referred to it many times in processing what I experienced during the ten ...more
Stevedutch
Anyone who has ever tried quickly realizes that any form of meditation isn't easy. More often than not the mind is an unquiet place and we tend to be assailed second to second by an insistent voice urging us to do this or that; to fulfil our role as a human doing rather than a human being! The good news is that with this form of meditation, which does not require focussing on a particular point, design or flame etc. whilst chanting the same word repeatedly, the meditator takes careful note of th ...more
Ronny
Although the book focuses on Goenka's style of Vipassna, it also serves as a very accessible (if possibly incomplete) introduction to Buddhism. Topics like suffering and no-self are explained in a logical, down to earth, and honest way.
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