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Goenka's Vipassana Meditation

The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation: As Taught by S. N. Goenka

ANNOTATION
The first systematic study in English of S.N. Goenka's extraordinary teaching of the Buddhist path to self-awareness.

Goenka Vipassana
FROM THE PUBLISHER
The Ancient Meditation Technique that Brings Real Peace of Mind
Vipassand-bhavand, "the development of insight," embodies the essence of the teaching of the Buddha. As taught by S. N. Goenka, this path to self-awareness is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results. The Vipassana technique can be successfully applied by anyone.

Based on the lectures and writings of S. N. Goenka—and prepared under his direct guidance—The Art of Living shows how this technique can be used to solve problems, develop unused potential, and lead a peaceful, productive life. It includes stories by S. N. Goenka, as well as answers to students' questions, that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.

S. N. Goenka's Vipassana courses have attracted thousands of people of every background. Unique among teachers of meditation, Goenka is a retired industrialist and former leader of the Indian Community in Burma. Although a layman, his teaching has won the approval of senior Buddhist monks in Burma, India, and Sri Lanka, a number of whom have taken courses under his guidance. Despite his magnetism, he has no wish to be a "guru" —instead he teaches self-responsibility. This is the first systematic study of his teachings to appear in English.

Goenka Vipassana


Karma and Chaos: New and Collected Essays on Vipassana Meditation

FROM THE PUBLISHER
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 synthesis of free choice and lawful consequence in Chaos Theory and karma, offering contemporary insights into one of Buddhism's core concepts. The empirical roots of meditation, its relevance to daily life, and the challenges and benefits of daily practice of Vipassana meditation are also addressed. Practical examples for continued observation outside of formal meditation retreats guide readers in incorporating Buddhist practice into daily life.

About the Author:
Paul R. Fleischman, M.D., is the author of Cultivating Inner Peace, The Healing Spirit, and Spiritual Aspects of Psychiatric Practice. He has contributed to the American Journal of Psychiatry, Landscape, Nature, The Yale Review, and The University of Chicago Review. In 1993 he was awarded the Oskar Pfister award by the American Psychiatric Association. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.



Beyond the Breath: Extraordinary Mindfulness through Whole-Body Vipassana Meditation

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Beyond the Breath is one of the first books to give a complete introduction to sensation-based vipassana meditation, whichmany practitioners believe to be the method used by Buddha over 2,500 years ago. Marshal Glickman's apporach is unique-he examines a meditation practice deeply rooted within a historic Buddhist framework and provides us with a modern-day, scientific explanation. He presents meditation and Buddhist principles in contemporary language, making ideas that can sound archaic or exotgic accessible and easy to understand.
Author Biography: Marshall Glickman is also the author of The Mindful Money Guide.




Realizing Change: Vipassana Meditation in Action


FROM THE PUBLISHER
Featuring accounts by practitioners living everyday lives, this introduction to Vipassana meditation provides a way for readers to learn more about its benefits. Explained is what takes place before, during, and after a ten-day silent meditation retreat. Each participant follows the same discipline: silence, a basic moral code known as the five precepts, a prescribed timetable, a vegetarian diet, and a commitment to practicing only what is taught at the retreat. This first-person account of the retreat reveals the challenges and benefits of facing reality head-on through direct observation and of learning to observe instead of reacting to thoughts, emotions, and sensations. In addition, the ways in which Vipassana meditation techniques are applied to individuals, institutions, children, prisoners, work places, and fields of science and social action are examined. Although based on the teachings of the Buddha, the practice of Vipassana as illustrated in this book has broad appeal to other religious and nonsectarian audiences.

About the Author:
Ian Hetherington has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years. He teaches Vipassana as a senior assistant to the internationally renowned S. N. Goenka.



Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions


FROM OUR EDITORS
We all seek peace, but our quest for it is often thwarted by our own strong, untamed emotions. Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has spent all of his adult life pursuing these inner tigers. In books such as Living Buddha, Living Christ, and Anger, he has addressed spiritual problems that attack us and strike down our best intention. In Taming the Tiger Within, he distills the wisdom of his many books into short discourses and meditations on transforming anger, fear, jealousy, and other corrosive emotions.

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Taming the Tiger Within is a handbook of meditations and reflections that offer pragmatic techniques for diffusing anger, conquering fear, and cultivating love in every arena of life. We all want peace in our lives, but as anyone who has tried to find it knows, the biggest obstacles are our own powerful emotions. With his usual blend of philosophy, analogies, and meditations, Thich Nhat Hanh guides us from anger into compassion and from fear into love, clearing away these roadblocks to happiness. Taming the Tiger Within is a wise and loving guide to controlling our most difficult emotions and bringing harmony and healing to our lives and relationships.

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