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Truly a gem
on 1 October 2017
This is one of the best books on meditation I've ever read. Joseph is among the top of his game in a tier of meditation teachers/writers that are really remarkable in their depth of knowledge, clarity of writing style and familiarity with teaching. I believe Joseph is one of the best meditation teachers alive right now, and as a person without the funds to travel to the US to go on retreat with him, reading this book really felt like I was able to make a connection with his teaching for the first time. I've listened to a lot of his talks on YouTube but this for me was the most useful so far.
The purpose of this book is to discuss and provide helpful solutions to popular questions that have arisen from his students during his time on retreat. With that in mind, I would recommend the book most to people with some regularity in their meditation practice. If you feel you've hit a brick wall in your practice with a particular problem, if you feel you don't quite understand something about meditation and its purpose in life conceptually, or if you just feel like you want to inject some life into your meditation, then this is the book for you.
As is characteristic of Goldstein's writing, the book is concise, easy to read, a joy to read and without a trace of arrogance or assumption that his method is best. Each chapter deals with a particular issue that often arises for meditators and spans about 2-4 pages. It's really the perfect resource to dip into in a random order if something is causing misunderstanding or a problem, or to read in full. I can't recommend it enough.