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Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Kornfield , Joseph Goldstein , Dalai Lama , Robert K. Hall M.D.
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InSeeking the Heart of WisdomGoldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insightmeditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation isa journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeingclearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader indeveloping the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritualpractice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just startingout, this book will be a welcome companion along the way. Among the topicscovered are:

  • Thehindrances to meditation—ranging from doubt and fear to painful knees—andskillful means of overcoming them
  • Howcompassion can arise in response to the suffering we see in our own lives andin the world
  • Howto integrate a life of responsible action and service with a meditative lifebased on nonattachment

Usefulexercises are presented alongside the teachings to help readers deepen theirunderstanding of the subjects.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (11 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 22 Feb. 2008
By David
This book should be read by everyone, not just those following the Buddhist path. If Chapter 10, on the law of Karma, was made compulsory reading, the world might be a better place. Directed at those involved in insight meditation (Vipassana) and perhaps follwing the Theravada teachings, the book will actually benefit the practice of anyone trying to follow a spritual path. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Jun. 2011
For me, this is a very informative and inspriring book on the basics of insight/vipassana meditation. It gives detailed instructions on sitting and walking meditation, a lot of background on buddhist philosophy/psychology and ends with recommendations for building this into your daily life. Every chapter end with exercises you can do for a couple of weeks to make the theory land a bit. I started meditation 4 yrs ago with a CD-course on insight meditation (by Goldstein and Salzberg)and found this a very good follow up to that. By the way, please note that the technique taught is quite different from the (burmese) vipassana technique taught by goenka, which is more of a concentration-style meditation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good on the details 5 Sept. 2012
This guide is based on talks given to people attending more advanced meditation classes, and provides good answers to many questions I have had about several different aspects of meditation. For instance, in beginning classes you might be told to "let go". But how, exactly, do you let go? This books suggest several methods to assist that process, and makes the useful point that it may take lots of practice before the methods start to work!

You might also wonder: what exactly is wisdom? The authors haven't provided a misleading title to the book, and get right to the heart of that question, making it crystal clear what is meant by wisdom in the context of insight meditation.

There is a lot of background and detail given on the important numbered lists that permeate Buddhism, and not just the usual "Four" Noble Truths and "Eightfold" Path. For instance, they discuss "the seven factors of enlightenment", "the five hindrances", "the five spiritual faculties", and "the three basic characteristics".

Full chapters are devoted to each list, so if you have encountered them in a beginners guide, and want to know more, this is a good resource. And if you don't know what they are, get this book and find out! They are important for furthering insight meditation practice. For instance, the seven factor of enlightenment include mindfulness and effort. So if you are having trouble being mindful you can use the list to guide you to questions like: am I being too lazy? And so on with permutations of all seven factors. The authors' detailed analysis of these permutations should give you some ideas on how to improve your practice of insight meditation, they certainly gave me several.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, as expected 30 Oct. 2012
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The book arrived in good time, and good condition. The written content is very clear and talks to where I am at the moment. Recommended.
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