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The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith combine clear explanations of the Buddha's teachings on freedom and happiness with their personal stories highlighting some of the challenges and insights of practice. The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation offers advice about going on retreat and help in choosing a teacher and a community to practice with. This is an enormously practical ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2010 by Wisdom Publications (first published 2001)
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Andrea Laine
I read this in a time in my life when I wasn't comfortable with who I was, where I was or anything in my life.

I was depressed to say the least. I hated everything and every one, most of all myself.

This book changed my life.
Marjorie
I love this book. It is simultaneously a very practical how-to guide to meditation, an American Buddhist-style self-help book, and an introduction to Buddhist history and philosophy. It really just has it all.
Siddharth Nair
Amazing introduction to Buddhism and it breaks down a lot of the buddhist texts into the basics but takes it further than what people would normally get from an introductory course. It gives you a glimpse of the amazing detail with which the Buddha broke down the thought process and tried to structure the unseen, unheard and unfelt quality of cognitive process. It gives you hope that you can someday be the master of your conscious and to some extent subconscious mind. Must read if you want to di ...more
Kayleigh
I thought that this was a really helpful and, ahem, insightful book. It really addressed the main points of a Buddhist practice in a clear and concise way that was very accessible.
Mark Gelula
This is a good, basic introduction to Insight Meditation which is a form of Theravada Buddhism.
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