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Insight Meditation

The Practice of Freedom
Paperback Book
March, 2003
$22.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

A cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in
Barre, Massachusetts, Joseph Goldstein has led insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. A new edition of a book first published in 1993, Insight Meditation is an introduction to the Buddhist path of insight meditation, or vipassana. It touches on a wide range of topics raised repeatedly by students, whether they are beginners attending their first weekend course or seasoned practitioners on a three-month retreat.

In short sections that can be read in sequence or browsed through at leisure, Joseph offers favorite dharma stories, key teachings, and answers to most-asked questions. The discussions include relationship with parents, right livelihood, the Buddhist teaching of no-self, dealing with negative emotions, boredom, psychotherapy and meditation, humour, the role of a teacher, understanding pain, and subtleties of karma.

This wise and mature book is the fruit of many years’ experience.

It is also useful to realize that many things are out of our control. One of my teachers told me something very early on in my practice that has been tremendously helpful every since; it has saved me a lot of suffering. He said, “You can’t take charge of other people’s minds. You can take charge of your own mind.” Although we can try to communicate clearly and skillfully with other people, feel compassion for their suffering, and work to alleviate it, still, in the end, we cannot control their actions or reactions. When we understand this fact, it becomes a little easier to let go. As the quality of equanimity grows in our mind, then we are more able to be with unpleasant or disagreeable situations without our own mind becoming agitated. We learn to respond rather than react.

Also available by Joseph Goldstein are One Dharma and (with Jack Kornfield) Seeking the Heart of Wisdom.

Publisher’s Description: 

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.Goldstein presents key teachings, favorite stories, and answers to commonly asked questions about the Buddhist path of insight meditation, the most widely practiced form of meditation in the United States.

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