Manual of Insight

Manual of Insight
Author: Mahasi Sayadaw,Vipassana Metta FoundationTranslation Committee
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 744
Release: 2016-05-17
ISBN 10: 1614292779
ISBN 13: 9781614292777
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Manual of Insight Book Review:

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 presents a comprehensive overview of the practice of insight meditation, including the foundational aspects of ethical self-discipline, understanding the philosophical framework for the practice, and developing basic concentration and mindfulness. It culminates with an in-depth exploration of the various types of insight and spiritual fruits that the practice yields. Authored by the master who brought insight meditation to the West and whose students include Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, Manual of Insight is a veritable Bible for any practitioner of vipassana.

The Progress of Insight

The Progress of Insight
Author: Mahasi Sayadaw
Publsiher: Buddhist Publication Society
Total Pages: 50
Release: 1994-01-01
ISBN 10: 9552400902
ISBN 13: 9789552400902
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Progress of Insight Book Review:

The practice of Vipassana or insight meditation was described by the Buddha as the “direct way” for the overcoming of all sorrow and grief and for realizing Nibbana, the state of perfect liberation from suffering. The essence of this practice consists in the four foundations of mindfulness: mindful contemplation of the body, feelings, states of mind, and mind objects.

Mindfulness and Insight

Mindfulness and Insight
Author: Mahasi Sayadaw
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN 10: 1614295565
ISBN 13: 9781614295563
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mindfulness and Insight Book Review:

A clear, simple meditation method on practicing mindfulness for insight, which takes us to our goal of liberation, the end of all suffering. Discarding any striving or ambition to attain something, the refined guidance that Mahasi Sayadaw provides in this book will lead practitioners to systematically and gradually purify their minds of attachment, aversion, and delusion and to realize the successive stages of enlightenment, culminating in the attainment of enlightenment (nibbana). Mindfulness and Insight is an excerpt of two key chapters from the comprehensive, authoritative Manual of Insight, which expounds the doctrinal and practical aspects of mindfulness (satipatthana) and the development of insight knowledge (vipassana) up to and including nibbana. In Manual of Insight, Mahasi Sayadaw acknowledged that these two chapters alone offer suitable guidance on our own journey of awakening by realizing path knowledge, fruition knowledge, and nibbana, particularly for those with little or no knowledge of the Pali scriptures. Part 1, “The Development of Mindfulness,” offers comprehensive instructions for developing mindfulness based on the Buddha’s teachings on the four foundations of mindfulness, as outlined in the highly regarded Discourse on Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta). Part 2, “Practical Instructions,” provides guidance in both the practices preliminary to undertaking insight meditation and in developing insight knowledge, ranging from initial practices to advanced levels of practice.

Calm and Insight

Calm and Insight
Author: Bhikkhu Phra Khantipalo
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2003-09-02
ISBN 10: 1135799628
ISBN 13: 9781135799625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Calm and Insight Book Review:

This manual, by an experienced Buddhist, has been written so that it will be easily accessible also to the reader who knows nothing about meditation, but also contains knowledge and experience that can be gained only through practice.

The Manual of Insight

The Manual of Insight
Author: Ledi Sayadaw
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 87
Release: 1961
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:935089574
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Birth of Insight

The Birth of Insight
Author: Erik Braun
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2013-11-19
ISBN 10: 022600094X
ISBN 13: 9780226000947
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Birth of Insight Book Review:

Insight meditation, which claims to offer practitioners a chance to escape all suffering by perceiving the true nature of reality, is one of the most popular forms of meditation today. The Theravada Buddhist cultures of South and Southeast Asia often see it as the Buddha’s most important gift to humanity. In the first book to examine how this practice came to play such a dominant—and relatively recent—role in Buddhism, Erik Braun takes readers to Burma, revealing that Burmese Buddhists in the colonial period were pioneers in making insight meditation indispensable to modern Buddhism. Braun focuses on the Burmese monk Ledi Sayadaw, a pivotal architect of modern insight meditation, and explores Ledi’s popularization of the study of crucial Buddhist philosophical texts in the early twentieth century. By promoting the study of such abstruse texts, Braun shows, Ledi was able to standardize and simplify meditation methods and make them widely accessible—in part to protect Buddhism in Burma after the British takeover in 1885. Braun also addresses the question of what really constitutes the “modern” in colonial and postcolonial forms of Buddhism, arguing that the emergence of this type of meditation was caused by precolonial factors in Burmese culture as well as the disruptive forces of the colonial era. Offering a readable narrative of the life and legacy of one of modern Buddhism’s most important figures, The Birth of Insight provides an original account of the development of mass meditation.

Manual of Excellent Man

Manual of Excellent Man
Author: Ledi Sayadaw
Publsiher: Buddhist Publication Society
Total Pages: 2007
Release: 2007-11-01
ISBN 10: 9552402034
ISBN 13: 9789552402036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Manual of Excellent Man Book Review:

In this book the great Burmese philosopher-monk, Ledi Sayadaw, covers the paramis practised by a Bodhisatta, the five aggregates, the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, and Nibbana. An inspiring and intellectually astute work, geared to the practice of insight meditation. It was written in response to a letter from a lay follower posing ten questions on important points of Buddhist teaching. The work begins with an explanation of the Theravada conception of the Bodhisatta, the aspirant to supreme Buddhahood, and of the ten perfections a Bodhisatta must fulfil to reach Perfect Enlightenment. The author then launches out into a detailed exploration of the “five aggregates” that make up human existence. He also gives coverage to the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination, the five kinds of Maras, and the nature of Nibbana. Again and again, the Sayadaw impresses on his readers the need to take up the practice of the Dhamma in full earnestness, not remaining content with mere deeds of merit but striving along the path of insight meditation that leads to realization of the goal.

Ocean of Insight

Ocean of Insight
Author: Heather Lyn Mann
Publsiher: Parallax Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-12-06
ISBN 10: 1941529313
ISBN 13: 9781941529317
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ocean of Insight Book Review:

Heather Lyn Mann was a battle–weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries—life–threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more. Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann’s teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner’s mind. Her suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always heart–warming journey of body and mind, shaped by ancient Buddhist teachings, entertains as it charts reality’s depths and danger zones so arm–chair adventurers, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned can navigate tumultuous waters and arrive together on the shore of planetary well–being. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Calm and Insight

Calm and Insight
Author: Laurence-Khantipalo Mills
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1981
ISBN 10: 9780700701414
ISBN 13: 0700701419
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Calm and Insight Book Review:

This manual, by an experienced Buddhist, has been written so that it will be easily accessible also to the reader who knows nothing about meditation, but also contains knowledge and experience that can be gained only through practice.

Breath by Breath

Breath by Breath
Author: Larry Rosenberg
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2004-11-09
ISBN 10: 0834823462
ISBN 13: 9780834823464
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Breath by Breath Book Review:

Freedom from suffering is not only possible, but the means for achieving it are immediately within our grasp—literally as close to us as our own breath. This is the 2,500-year-old good news contained in the Anapanasati Sutra, the Buddha's teaching on cultivating both tranquility and deep insight through full awareness of breathing. In this book, Larry Rosenberg brings this timeless meditation method to life. Using the insights gained from his many years of practice and teaching, he makes insight meditation practice accessible to modern practitioners.

Wisdom Wide and Deep

Wisdom Wide and Deep
Author: Shaila Catherine
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 553
Release: 2011-11-15
ISBN 10: 086171623X
ISBN 13: 9780861716234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wisdom Wide and Deep Book Review:

"If you are interested in Dharma study, this book belongs in your library."---Phillip Moffitt, author of Dancing with Life "This book can be the guide for cultivating the inner calm we long for."---Christina Feldman, author of Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World "This handbook respects both the ancient tradition and the needs of contemporary lay practitioners, without compromising either. Shaila Catherine blends scriptural references, personal examples, and timeless stories with detailed meditation instructions. The combination of pragmatic style and theoretical knowledge produces a striking invitation for the reader to apply these instructions and master the complete practice for awakening."---from the foreword by Pa-Auk Sayadaw, author of The Workings of Kamma "Catherine has managed a difficult feat---to be simultaneously encyclopedic and charming, all with extraordinary clarity. This meditation manual is a first for the West and will surely become a classic and a support for generations of practitioners."---Kate Wheeler, editor of In This Very Life: Liberation Teachings of the Buddha "Wisdom Wide and Deep is a powerful inspiration both for those who would like a glimpse of what's possible and for those intrepid explorers of the mind who want to bring these teachings to fulfillment. Highly recommended."---Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace "Written in clear, practical language, this book converts theory into direct experience. It is a detailed exploration of deep calmness as well as insight. The West needs such manuals."---Christopher Titmuss, author of Light on Enlightenment "A valuable work as both a practice guide and a reference manual."---Guy Armstrong, insight meditation teacher

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha
Author: Daniel Ingram
Publsiher: Aeon Books
Total Pages: 616
Release: 2020-01-20
ISBN 10: 1780498152
ISBN 13: 9781780498157
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha Book Review:

The very idea that the teachings can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self-absorbed mind-noise. Ingram sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight (vipassana) meditation; he provides example practices; and most importantly he presents detailed maps of the states of mind we are likely to encounter, and the stages we must negotiate as we move through clearly-defined cycles of insight. Its easy to feel overawed, at first, by Ingram's assurance and ease in the higher levels of consciousness, but consistently he writes as a down-to-earth and compassionate guide, and to the practitioner willing to commit themselves this is a glittering gift of a book.In this new edition of the bestselling book, the author rearranges, revises and expands upon the original material, as well as adding new sections that bring further clarity to his ideas.

In This Very Life

In This Very Life
Author: U Pandita,U Aggacitta
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-01-30
ISBN 10: 0861718801
ISBN 13: 9780861718801
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In This Very Life Book Review:

Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita shows us that freedom is as immediate as breathing, as fundamental as a footstep. In this book he describes the path of the Buddha and calls all of us to that heroic journey of liberation. Enlivened by numerous case histories and anecdotes, In This Very Life is a matchless guide to the inner territory of meditation - as described by the Buddha.

The Manuals of Dhamma

The Manuals of Dhamma
Author: Ñāṇa (Ledi Cha rā toʻ)
Publsiher: Vipassana Research Publications
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 9781681720319
ISBN 13: 1681720310
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Manuals of Dhamma Book Review:

"Originally published under the title, The manuals of Buddhism, in 1965 by the Union Buddha Saasana Council, Yangon, Myanmar"--Title page verso.

The Experience of Insight

The Experience of Insight
Author: Joseph Goldstein
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2020-08-25
ISBN 10: 1611808162
ISBN 13: 9781611808162
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Experience of Insight Book Review:

This modern spiritual classic, presented as a thirty-day meditation retreat taught by Joseph Goldstein, offers timeless practical instructions and real-world advice for practicing meditation—whether walking or sitting in formal practice or engaging in everyday life. Goldstein—a beloved and respected meditation teacher who studied for many years under the guidance of eminent Buddhist teachers from India, Tibet, and Burma—uses the retreat format to explain various basic Buddhist teachings including karma, selflessness, and the four noble truths, while also drawing connections to many different spiritual traditions. With a new preface reflecting on how the conversation around meditation has changed over the last forty years, this book is the perfect companion for both experienced practitioners and those looking to get into meditation for the first time.

Right Concentration

Right Concentration
Author: Leigh Brasington
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-10-13
ISBN 10: 1611802695
ISBN 13: 9781611802696
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Right Concentration Book Review:

A practical guidebook for meditators interested in achieving the states of bliss and deep focus associated with the Buddhist jhānas One of the elements of the Eightfold Path is Right Concentration: the one-pointedness of mind that, together with ethics, livelihood, meditation, and more, leads to the ultimate freedom from suffering. So how does one achieve Right Concentration? According to the Buddha himself, the jhānas—a series of eight progressive altered states of consciousness—are an essential method. But because the jhānas can usually be achieved only through prolonged meditation retreat, they have been shrouded in mystery for years. Not anymore. In Right Concentration, Leigh Brasington takes away the mystique and gives instructions on how to achieve them in plain, accessible language. He notes the various pitfalls to avoid along the way and provides a wealth of material on the theory of jhāna practice—all geared toward the practitioner rather than the scholar. As Brasington proves, these states of bliss and concentration are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them.

Deepening Insight

Deepening Insight
Author: Bhikkhu Anālayo
Publsiher: Pariyatti
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2021-08-07
ISBN 10: 1681724057
ISBN 13: 9781681724058
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Deepening Insight Book Review:

Deepening Insight presents a selection of passages from the early Buddhist discourses that provide perspectives on the cultivation of liberating insight into vedanā, “sensation,” “feeling,” or “feeling tone.” For meditators, such passages can be of considerable help as a reference point for deepening insight. A metaphor that can offer considerable help when facing vedanās describes bubbles arising on the surface of a pond during rain...they arise and soon enough burst and disappear. Contemplation of the changing nature of vedanā provides a firm foundation for the growth of insight into not self. Such insight proceeds through successive layers of the mind’s ingrained habit of self-referentiality. Based on relinquishing the explicit view of affirming the existence of a permanent self, increasingly subtler traces of conceit and possessiveness need to be successively overcome until with full awakening all selfing in any form will be removed for good. Deepening Insight is based on textual sources that reflect “early Buddhism,” which stands for the development of thought and practices during roughly the first two centuries in the history of Buddhism, from about the fifth to the third century BCE. These sources are the Pāli discourses and their parallels, mostly extant in Chinese translation, which go back to instructions and teachings given orally by the Buddha and his disciples. In those times in India, writing was not employed for such purposes, and for centuries these teachings were transmitted orally. The final results of such oral transmission are available to us nowadays in the form of written texts. Bhikkhu Anālayo's presentation is meant to provide direct access, through the medium of translation, to the Chinese Āgama parallels to relevant Pāli discourses. In commenting on such passages, his chief concern throughout is to bring out practical aspects that are relevant to actual insight meditation. Endorsements In spring 1990 S.N. Goenka initiated an international seminar named The Importance of Vedanā and Sampajañña. It had the purpose to disseminate the prominence of sensations (vedanā) as a core object of meditation to recognize the intrinsic nature of change and impermanence. Venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo now provides a thorough, comprehensive and well selected collection on vedanā as maintained in the original early Pāli Canon. Along with the comparison to the Chinese Āgama, otherwise hardly available, this collection if adapted and applied to practice may indeed serve as an inspiring source for deepening insight. —Klaus Nothnagel, Pāli teacher and Center Teacher for Dhamma Pallava in Poland

When Awareness Becomes Natural

When Awareness Becomes Natural
Author: Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2016-05-17
ISBN 10: 0834840162
ISBN 13: 9780834840164
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Awareness Becomes Natural Book Review:

The flame of wisdom can be kindled in the midst of any life, even one that might seem too full of personal and professional commitments to allow for it. Such is the teaching of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, who himself learned to cultivate awareness in the raucous years he spent in the Burmese textile business before taking his final monastic ordination at the age of thirty-six. Train yourself to be aware of the clinging and aversion that arise in any situation, he teaches. If you can learn to do that, calm and deep insight will naturally follow. It’s a method that works as well for sorting the laundry or doing data entry as it does in formal sitting meditation. "The object of attention is not really important," he teaches, "the observing mind that is working in the background to be aware is of real importance. If the observing is done with the right attitude, any object is the right object."

Insight Meditation

Insight Meditation
Author: Joseph Goldstein
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2003-03-25
ISBN 10: 0834824450
ISBN 13: 9780834824454
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Insight Meditation Book Review:

The fruit of some twenty years' experience leading Buddhist meditation retreats, this book touches on a wide range of topics raised repeatedly by meditators and includes favorite stories, key Buddhist teachings, and answers to most-asked questions.

Early Buddhist Meditation

Early Buddhist Meditation
Author: Keren Arbel
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-03-16
ISBN 10: 1317383990
ISBN 13: 9781317383994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Early Buddhist Meditation Book Review:

This book offers a new interpretation of the relationship between 'insight practice' (satipatthana) and the attainment of the four jhànas (i.e., right samàdhi), a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The author challenges the traditional Buddhist understanding of the four jhànas as states of absorption, and shows how these states are the actualization and embodiment of insight (vipassanà). It proposes that the four jhànas and what we call 'vipassanà' are integral dimensions of a single process that leads to awakening. Current literature on the phenomenology of the four jhànas and their relationship with the 'practice of insight' has mostly repeated traditional Theravàda interpretations. No one to date has offered a comprehensive analysis of the fourfold jhàna model independently from traditional interpretations. This book offers such an analysis. It presents a model which speaks in the Nikàyas' distinct voice. It demonstrates that the distinction between the 'practice of serenity' (samatha-bhàvanà) and the 'practice of insight' (vipassanà-bhàvanà) – a fundamental distinction in Buddhist meditation theory – is not applicable to early Buddhist understanding of the meditative path. It seeks to show that the common interpretation of the jhànas as 'altered states of consciousness', absorptions that do not reveal anything about the nature of phenomena, is incompatible with the teachings of the Pàli Nikàyas. By carefully analyzing the descriptions of the four jhànas in the early Buddhist texts in Pàli, their contexts, associations and meanings within the conceptual framework of early Buddhism, the relationship between this central element in the Buddhist path and 'insight meditation' becomes revealed in all its power. Early Buddhist Meditation will be of interest to scholars of Buddhist studies, Asian philosophies and religions, as well as Buddhist practitioners with a serious interest in the process of insight meditation.