The Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation

Publisher: Harmony
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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Chapter 1

1. The Possibility of Change: A Cinderella Story

When I was a child, the Cinderella story made me distinctly uncomfortable. So did Anne of Green Gables. Here were these images of people who were just too good to be true: They were generous, they were sweet, they were diligent, they worked hard,...
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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 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

From the Trade Paperback edition.