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Insight Meditation - Vipassanā

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Meditation for Beginners

For those "who have thought about trying meditation but weren't sure how to get started, Meditation for Beginners presents a complete introduction to "Insight" meditation with ... author and trusted teacher Jack Kornfield. Through step-by-step instruction in everything from breathing, posture, and attention to working with difficult emotions and physical discomfort, readers from any spiritual tradition will learn the essentials for creating a daily meditation practice. CD includes five guided meditation sessions to help cultivate the inner tranquility, natural joy, and mental clarity that are just some of the fruits of meditation.

The popularity of meditation continues to grow in the West. As more and more people begin to realize the spiritual and health benefits of meditating, newcomers look for a teacher who can help them start practicing on their own. Jack Kornfield stands out as one of the most accessible and trusted teachers for helping first-time meditators get their start. .... Created specifically for novices, this complete introduction to meditation features four classical mindfulness exercises. The vipassana, or "insight", practice on which these are based is said to have originated with the Buddha himself--yet it lends itself gracefully to a wide range of spiritual traditions, both secular and religious. ... It is the definitive resource for anyone who ever thought about learning to meditate but didn't know where to begin."

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation

"In Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Goldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader in developing the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a welcome companion along the way. Among the topics covered are:
 

  • The hindrances to meditation—ranging from doubt and fear to painful knees—and skillful means of overcoming them
  • How compassion can arise in response to the suffering we see in our own lives and in the world
  • How to integrate a life of responsible action and service with a meditative life based on nonattachment
    • Useful exercises are presented alongside the teachings to help readers deepen their understanding of the subjects."