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The Experience of Insight: A Simple & Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Shambhala Dragon Editions)
Here is a modern classic of unusually clear, practical instruction for the practice of Buddhist meditation: sitting and walking meditation, how one relates with the breath, feelings, thought, sense perceptions, consciousness, and everyday activities. Basic Buddhist topics such as the nature of karma, the four noble truths, the factors of enlightenment, dependent originatio ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published June 12th 1987 by Shambhala
(first published 1976)
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This is a selection of Goldstein's talks from a month-long vipassana retreat. The talks are listed by time of delivery on the retreat. I enjoyed reading it, for the most part, in concert with the schedule of the retreat. I liked it, but I don't think it's the best introduction to vipassana.
This book is based on 30 talks Goldstein gave during a 90-day retreat; therefore, reading it is like being on a retreat. The book provides a thorough introduction to vipassana and the Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the Factors of Enlightenment, and more.
Jul 26, 2007 Joe Fiala rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to seriously study Buddhism
This book rocked my world more than any other perhaps. It is true to the title in that if you read and comprehend and practice what Goldstein is writing about, you will have an experience of insight. Things shift for sure. This is a great book to take on a retreat. It would be more difficult to get the full benefit with everyday living concerns, but definitely possible as well. The more you put into this book, the more you get back for sure. The only problem is that it ends and, as everything do ...more
Here's my problem with tis book: From the beginning I had issues with either the descriptions of things as basic as the Eight Fold Path or the usage of the stories to go with. Once or twice I thought he was wrong in his details, just as often I found him to be too superficial. Now I am not talking about the subject matter or his personal expertise or experience - i am only referring to the text of the book. And that is my issue. This is a book review, not a personal review. I think there are muc ...more
Another excellent book by Joseph Goldstein, one of my favorite dharma teachers. Each chapter or section of the book is based on a talk given by Goldstein during one of his 30-day retreats. So, it is ideally read as a support for one's meditation practice, one section at a time. I would not recommend it for those who are not already meditating regularly. As always, Goldstein writes very articulately about how to practice insight meditation in the Theravada tradition.
Goldstein has a clearly defined voice in his explanations of fundamental concepts of western Buddhism. This book is almost forty years old now but it expresses a lot of the concepts that have become mainstream. I'll be on the lookout for other books by him on my hunting trips through the bookshops!
This is an excellent book for an experienced Buddhist practitioner or student interested in deeper nuances of practice. It focuses on Vipassana-- literally, 'to see things clearly'-- also known as Insight Meditation. The author is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA with Sharon Salzberg (author of Lovingkindness) and Jack Kornfield (author of many wonderful books). Includes some very helpful guidance.
Tôi thán phục về khả năng diễn đạt bằng lời một cách rõ ràng các nguyên tắc rèn luyện phát triển thân, tâm được tác giả trình bày trong cuốn sách này. Tôi đã rất thích cuốn Tâm Bình An của cùng tác giả. Và đây là cuốn kế tiếp mà tôi rât tâm đắc. Các bạn có thể tìm thấy các ý hay mà tôi tâm đắc trong các ghi chú của tôi ở dưới đây.
The book is an easy read. More importantly, one can sense, the author explains everything from his own meditative experience. This book is an invaluable guide to people who already have some exposure to studying of Buddhist meditation concepts and verifying their understanding with the author's practical explanation.
Aug 14, 2014 Steve Woods rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely sweminal work for anyone with an active interest in following the Buddha's teachings, meditation for its own sake or spiritual practice. It is very accessible and very moving in parts. Goldstein really lives up to his reputation as one of the great western teachers of the modern day. A must read.
Joseph Goldstein (born 1944) is one of the first American vipassana teachers (Fronsdal, 1998), co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) with Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg, contemporary author of numerous popular books on Buddhism (see publications below), resident guiding teacher at IMS, and leader of retreats worldwide on insight (vipassana) and lovingkindness (metta) meditation.More about Joseph Goldstein...