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The ultimate Vipassana text, 17 May 2010
Please note: this is not a religious cult or phoney spiritual entertainment, this technique is a strictly practical & non-sectarian form of meditation.
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.