Author: Joseph GoldsteinJack Kornfield/Publisher: RupaYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 195ISBN/UPC (if available): 156957121X
This book is a skillful blend of pragmatic instruction, psychological insight, and perennial wisdom. It is one of the most useful manuals ever written for those who seek to follow the path of insight meditation and to make it relevant to their daily lives. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true3 nature of experience. For those who are treading this path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a w3elcome companion along the way. Born out of the authors' twelve-year collaboration in teaching intensive meditation retreats throughout the world, it guides the reader in develo0ping the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. 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+The law of Karma and how it enables us to actively create our reality. These and other discussion are accompanied by specific exercises and practices to help readers deepen their understanding of the subjects. THE AUTHORS: JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and JACK KORNFIELD both received training in meditation in Asia. They are cofounders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Goldstein is the author of 'The Experience of Insight' and ' Insight Meditation'. Kornfield is the author of 'A Path with Heart' and the editor of 'Teachings of the Buddha'.