The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation

by Joseph Goldstein


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This modern spiritual classic, presented as a thirty-day meditation retreat taught by Joseph Goldstein, offers timeless practical instructions and real-world advice for practicing meditation—whether walking or sitting in formal practice or engaging in everyday life. Goldstein—a beloved and respected meditation teacher who studied for many years under the guidance of eminent Buddhist teachers from India, Tibet, and Burma—uses the retreat format to explain various basic Buddhist teachings including karma, selflessness, and the four noble truths, while also drawing connections to many different spiritual traditions. With a new preface reflecting on how the conversation around meditation has changed over the last forty years, this book is the perfect companion for both experienced practitioners and those looking to get into meditation for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611808162
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/25/2020
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 559,407
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joseph Goldstein is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Barre, Massachusetts. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, and Insight Meditation. He has also coauthored books with Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. Joseph has studied and practiced meditation since 1967 under the guidance of eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet, and he leads Insight Meditation retreats around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert K. Hall ix

Preface to the 2020 Edition xi

Introduction Ram Dass xiii

Acknowledgments xv

First evening-Opening and Beginning Instruction 1

Second evening-Noble Eightfold Path 7

Third morning-Instruction: Feelings 17

Fourth evening-Bare Attention 19

Fifth morning-Instruction: Thoughts 29

Fifth evening-Concepts and Reality 33

Sixth morning-Instruction: Sense Objects 45

Seventh afternoon-Stories 47

Eighth morning-Instruction: Intentions 51

Ninth morning-Instruction: Eating 53

Ninth evening-Hindrances 55

Tenth morning-Instruction: Consciousness 65

Tenth evening-Warrior 67

Eleventh morning-Concentration Game 75

Twelfth evening-Three Pillars of Dharma: Parami 77

Thirteenth Evening-St. John of the Cross/St. Francis de Sales 87

Fourteenth evening-Four Noble Truths 89

Fifteenth afternoon-Halfway Resolution 97

Sixteenth evening-Karma 101

Seventeenth afternoon-Instruction: Relaxing/Sinking Mind 109

Eighteenth evening-Purity and Happiness 111

Nineteenth afternoon-Devotion 119

Twenty-first evening-Dependent Origination 121

Twenty-second evening-Death and Lovingkindness 127

Twenty-fifth Evening-Tao 135

Twenty-Sixth evening-Factors of Enlightenment 145

Twenty-Ninth Evening-Buddhist Paths 155

Thirtieth morning-Closing 169

Credits 177

Suggested Reading List 179

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