Insight Meditation: A Step-by-step Course on How to Meditate
Author: Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldestein
Format: Wire-O binding
Publisher: Sounds True
Release Date: May 01, 2002
Insight Meditation box set includes:
• 240-page Insight Meditation workbook (wire-o binding)—This workbook is designed as a complete self-guided curriculum. Organized into nine lessons, the workbook features more than 75 step-by-step mindfulness exercises, question-and-answer sections, glossaries, and photographs illustrating correct meditation postures.
• 2 CDs (70 minutes each)—Six meditations teach the cornerstone practices in the Insight tradition.
• Insight study cards (12 cards)—Daily reminders of the fundamentals of meditation in a convenient, portable form.
Lesson One: The Power of Mindfulness
Lesson Two: Bare Attention
Lesson Three: Desire and Aversion
Lesson Four: Sleepiness, Restlessness, and Doubt
Lesson Five: Concepts and Reality
Lesson Six: Suffering
Lesson Seven: Karma
Lesson Eight: Equanimity
Lesson Nine: Lovingkindness
Appendix A: Meditation Supplies
Appendix B: The Five Hindrances
Appendix C: The Three Great Myths
Appendix D: The Three Kinds of Suffering
Appendix E: The Four Brahma-Viharas
Appendix F: The Six Realms of Existence
Appendix G: The Eight Vicissitudes
Each CD features three guided meditations that will help you explore the direct experience of meditation. The meditations are set up to simulate as closely as possible the ambience of an actual practice session at a retreat center like the Insight Meditation Society.
1. Breath Meditation
2. Walking Meditation
3. Meditation on Body Sensations
4. Meditation on Hindrances
5. Meditation on Emotions
6. Metta Meditation
Welcome to Insight Meditation. The compact discs and workbook will take you step by step through a comprehensive training course in basic meditation. The cards included in the box list various helpful teachings that are explored throughout this workbook.
This course is rooted in the Buddhist style of vipassana, or insight meditation, but these fundamental techniques for sharpening your awareness and releasing painful mental habits are useful no matter what your religious or spiritual orientation.
It’s not necessary to affiliate with any belief system in order to benefit from Insight Meditation. These mindfulness practices can support your existing spiritual path, whether it’s a structured practice like Christianity or Judaism, or simply a personal sense of your relationship with the great questions of human existence.
What to Expect:
Insight Meditation comprises two compact discs, a workbook, and a set of informational cards.
The workbook contains:
--Information on meditation resources
--Suggestions for setting up a meditation space and a daily practice
--Buddhist teachings about meditation and life
--Q & A sessions that clarify practical new issues new meditators tend to encounter
--Exercises to help you deepen your understanding and experience of meditation (and space to respond to them)
--Tips for taking your meditataive awareness into the world and for troubleshooting problem areas in your practice
-- Glossaries of Pali, Sanskrit, and other terms
-- A list of books and tapes you can use to further your study of meditation.