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Karma and Chaos: New and Collected Essays on Vipassana Meditation

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These eight essays explore the interface between psychiatry, science, and the timeless teachings of the Buddha. Drawn from the personal experiences of a therapist and practitioner of Vipassana meditation, this work explores meditation’s similarities and differences with psychotherapeutic and scientific endeavors. In the title essay, parallels are drawn between the atomic s ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Pariyatti Publishing (first published July 1st 1999)
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Jessica Zu
I like this book very much. But still I find it surprising that the author put all the emphasis on the individual, and almost ignored the social and cultural influences on individual's well-being. It is true that the individual bare lots of responsibilities on being happy, but one needs to be aware of the social and historical conditions in order to come up with a good coping strategy. Life is very complicated, and individuals are very weak, that's why we need a Dhamma community to support one a ...more
I bought this book at the bookstore in Onalaska, Washington after finishing a 10-day Vipassana meditation course. The mind body connection meditation offers is really interesting to me, and I appreciated how the author incorporates the modern practice of psychology with the age old wisdom that are at the roots of this meditation tradition. His writing is also very poetic and a pleasure to read. Again, I read it soon after finishing the course, but would also think that it is suitable as a good p ...more
Sep 12, 2007 Kelly marked it as to-read
bought after serving on a couple of one-day courses back at the good old Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne, MA the other weekend
A psychologist delves into the world of Vipassana Meditation and looks at it from many interesting angles, including relationships, statehood, psychological health, personal development and more. Vipassana is a non-sectarian method of meditation that Buddha taught, and is just making a resurgence globally. The book is far easier to grasp if you've studied Vipassana, but would be fascinating for the uninitiated as well.
An clear explanation and guide to Vipassana meditation. As a newbie to meditation and hoping to go to Vipassana some day, this book written in excellent prose makes remarkable reading. Recommend it to anyone wanting to know what to do in a Vipassana mediation. Additionally the book blends scientific theory to Eastern Karmic philosophy very well.
It was ok, a few interesting insights about psychotherapy,,chaos theory and vipassana, but a bit convoluted and hippy dippy new age. Its better to do Vipassana than read about it!
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