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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1 edition (13 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609806475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609806470
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,099,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thoughtful presentation of the teachings of the Buddha and an invitation to the reader to begin a meditation practice. A wonderful support to those new on the path."
-- Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
"A wonderful book which moves with graceful clarity through the terrain of Theravada Buddhism, bridging relevant contemporary concerns with the Buddha's classical blueprint for freedom. A beautiful mosaic."
-- Steven Smith, guiding teacher of Vipassana Hawai'i and Insight Meditation Society
"The truth will make us free, and the Buddha's truth has been doing just that for the last two and a half millennia. Now Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith have made the language simple and the practice easy to apply. That is a gift indeed. May this good book help thousands of us to be free."
-- Eric Kolvig, teacher of Insight Meditation
"How wonderful to have such a warm and inviting and encouraging tone wrapped around so much helpful, straightforward information."
-- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don't Just Do Something, Sit There
"This ...good-hearted primer ...is the perfect starter kit for people curious about Buddhism ..."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"This book acomplishes exactly what it intends to do: it provides an excellent and accessible overview of insight meditation. It's the perfect book to give someone who is interested in Buddhism but doesn't know where to begin. It's also an excellent overview for those newcomers on the path who are asking a lot of questions and seeking intelligent answers."
-- "Inquiring Mind"


"How wonderful to have such warmth and encouragement wrapped around such helpful, straightforward information!"--Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

"A thoughtful presentation and an open invitation to the reader to begin a meditation practice--a marvelous support to those new on the Path."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"A magnificent book that moves with graceful clarity."--Steven Smith, guiding teacher and co-founder of Vipassana Hawai'i --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith combine clear explanations of the Buddha's teachings on freedom and happiness with their personal stories highlighting some of the challenges and insights of practice. The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation offers advice about going on retreat and help in choosing a teacher and a sangha (practice community), as well as suggestions for further reading and information on various Insight Meditation or Vipassana centers and resources. Here is an enormously practical book that covers every aspect of the teachings a beginner needs to get started. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you are on the path trying yo figure out what the Buddha was going on about then this book is good. It helps raise awareness of no self / anatta which is really the goal. It is a good complement to Rodney Smith's Stepping Out of Self Deception which anyone seriously interested in understanding should read.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95ff896c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x95cceb4c) out of 5 stars A Definite Insight To Meditation 12 Mar. 2004
By Angelyn Moreno - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally! This guide is a wonderful, simple, logical insight to meditation. Weisman and Smith answered many questions I had regarding Buddhism and meditation. I am so grateful for finding this informative book and hope to incorporate some of these methods into my life. I highly recommend this reading for anyone who has questions on meditation and transforming equanimity and inner peace into their life.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95dce480) out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Insight Meditation! 28 Aug. 2008
By Jeff O - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been meditating for quite some time and have been exploring the various schools of Buddhist thought. I found this to be one of the clearest written, most informative and helpful books on Insight Meditation.

There are others, including A Path with Heart, that are fantastic but if you're looking for a concise description of Insight Meditation and how it differs from other schools of thought without getting too esoteric, this is among the best.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96396d80) out of 5 stars A good place to begin 28 Aug. 2009
By Sherry Lourence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was clearly written and informative. It covered a lot of information but was not overwhelming. I particularly appreciated the stories that were used to demonstrate certain points.
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HASH(0x95b50ee8) out of 5 stars Baseline Beginner Finds the Way 26 Oct. 2011
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Step by step this book gave me direction and guidance when other books confounded my ignorance. The women behind this book are experienced practitioners, well known in the budding American Buddhist community, with years of first hand experience under their belts. Their goal of making a profound teaching accessible to anyone from the western world has been achieved. Many other books are written with the beginner in mind. I have looked at more than one and I found that after reading this book they paled by comparison. My teacher asked that her students read this book. I am so grateful for the guidance. It jump started my understanding in a clear and precise way.
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HASH(0x95eb8210) out of 5 stars Arinna Weisman's Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation 23 Jan. 2011
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I am a long-time meditator in the Vipassana/Insight tradition and this is one of the best intro books I have ever seen. It is comprehensive, easy to read and easy to understand.
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