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The most comprehensive manual of the practice of insight meditation (vipassana), written by one of its foremost 20th century proponents, is translated into English for the first time.

Manual of Insight is the magnum opus of Mahasi Sayadaw, one of the originators of the “vipassana movement” that has swept through the Buddhist world over the last hundred years. The manual pre
Hardcover, 710 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Wisdom Publications
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Jason Murphy
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Buddhist book that I've read so far. It is complex, and not for beginners, unless you are very diligent in cross referencing with other texts! It's a book that requires multiple readings as well as consistently practicing the instructions inside. I have found that the more I practice the methods outlined in the book, the more the book comes to life upon further readings. Of all the meditation techniques I've tried, I have personally found this noting technique to be the most ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just as the Buddhist teachings are priceless, this book is really not ratable. I have read and re-read it and will continue to do so, uncovering new layers each time. I only called it "read" because I finished a 10-month course for which it was assigned reading. I will pass along the useful advice I was given by my teacher: don't be intimidated by the bulk or density of the manual. One can read Chapter 5 Practical Instructions and benefit greatly. If you are looking for a very different perspect ...more
Shiju Varghese
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is literally a bible of Theravada Buddhism.
Josh Panter
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Didactic and pedantic, this is a very dry and repetitive book that seeks to simplify the process of insight to the most easily understood denominators. In doing so it has moments of great clarity, and is certain to contain morsels of insight and clarity of instruction, but it also sacrifices readability and strains interest in both the material and the presentation of the material that it seems to simplify. It is a challenge to read this cover to cover, and should not be treated as such, rather, ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very detailed, step by step instructions to Insight meditation. Great map and overview of the different stages all the way up to full awakening. Not an 'easy' read by any means. Very technical. I would only really recommend this if you have multiple years of meditation experience. But for experienced meditators, especially those within the Theravada tradition, it's a gold gem! ...more
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