Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw

By Mahasi Sayadaw

Contributor note: advent via Joseph Goldstein and Daniel Goleman

The such a lot complete handbook of the perform of perception meditation (vipassana), written by way of certainly one of its most advantageous twentieth century proponents, is translated into English for the 1st time.

Manual of Insight is the magnum opus of Mahasi Sayadaw, one of many originators of the “vipassana movement” that has swept throughout the Buddhist international over the past hundred years. The guide offers a accomplished evaluate of the perform of perception meditation, together with the foundational features of moral self-control, figuring out the philosophical framework for the perform, and constructing easy focus and mindfulness. It culminates with an in-depth exploration of many of the forms of perception and non secular end result that the perform yields.

Authored via the grasp who introduced perception meditation to the West and whose scholars comprise Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, Manual of perception is a veritable Bible for any practitioner of vipassana. 

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