- Paperback: 171 pages
- Publisher: Embassy Books (30 Dec. 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8188452130
- ISBN-13: 978-8188452132
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Living:: Vipassana Meditation Paperback – 30 Dec 1988
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For those new to Buddhism, this slim volume is the best concise, non-sectarian, comprehensive introduction I've found in twenty years.
Answers the "basic" questions about such topics as: morality, training the mind in concentration, "what causes unhappiness?", "what is Mindfulness meditation?", "how can it help me?". No history or cultural baggage, just the fundamentals.
- I literally buy this book in volume quantities several times a year so I can give it away to people who are curious about Buddhism!
(For more detailed info on meditation theory and instruction, I highly recommend "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana).
If you've already experienced a 10 day Vipassana meditation course, this book will be a helpful & exhaustive reminder of many of the topics covered in Goenkaji's evening discourses. The book is divided into 10 well-structured chapters covering a particular aspect of the Art of Living: each contains a main text, a Q&A section with Goenkaji and a story depicting the lesson.
If you haven't yet taken a course, this book may represent a useful introduction to what this meditation technique is all about. Although - as Goenka himself says - reading about it without practicing is a bit like reciting a doctor's prescription over & over without actually taking the medicine.
I would strongly recommend giving this technique a shot. Even if you're the sort of person who wouldn't normally venture into this kind of activity (such as I was), the benefits in daily life are astounding.
The book is not a manual on how to do Vipassana mediation. (Sources on the internet and books like Osho's Meditation do give specific instructions on Vipassana mediation technique, though I couldn't vouch for their authoritativeness.)
To call it a "Goenka course" is actually a little misleading since it suggests that Goenka invented this type of meditation. He didn't. He learned it in Burma, where it is believed that over the millennia Burmese monks and meditation teachers have preserved the exact method the Buddha himself used. Whether or not this meditation technique is truly the Buddha's original practice, doesn't really matter much; once you try it, it is so powerful, you're likely to see how this approach can truly free us from negativity.
Spread almost solely through word of mouth, Goenka's courses are now offered on every inhabitable continent on the globe. According to the independent Buddhist magazine Buddhadharma, each year an estimated 100,000 people take a Goenka course. This means he has probably taught more people Buddhist meditation than anyone in history--including the Buddha himself! (Admittedly, the comparison is a bit silly since the Buddha wasn't able to offer retreats via audio and videotape.)
It's worth noting, that although a layman, Mr Goenka, who is independently wealthy, has never made any money from teaching Buddhism. As already noted, his famous ten-day meditation courses are offered for free.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book. The teachings should be part of school curriculum. The world would be a better place to live in.Published 3 months ago by tugeladiver
S.N. Goenka and the Vipassana Art of living book are truly amazing. I also recommend attending the 10 day silent retreat in Ross-on-Wye HerefordshirePublished 12 months ago by Debbie
Excellent but will not make too much sense without practice. Watch the you tube videos of Goenka and look up "Dhamma Brothers", its a film about prisoners receiving... Read morePublished 14 months ago by D. Fuller
I am now a fan of Vipassana meditation, this way of living suits me, would recommend.Published 16 months ago by Mrs. P. F. Osullivan
A great book if you thinking about 10 day course and even better for refreshing the knowledge and technique.
Having read Mindfulness, this for me is an excellent follow on. Love the depth of explanation and understanding.Published 17 months ago by Lorna Vince