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Voices of insight
Salzberg, Sharon.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Shambhala : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, [1999]

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xiii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
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BQ5630.V5 V64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this inspiring and wise anthology, leading Western teachers of Buddhism share their personal experiences on the path of insight meditation; their understanding of the basic teachings of the Buddha; the lessons they've learned in their training with their own teachers; and some good advice on following the Buddha Dharma in everyday situations of work, family, and service to others.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1976, Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, young Americans returned from studying Buddhism in Asia, founded Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. Today, IMS, which conveys ancient Buddhist teachings to modern Westerners, serves on the front lines of American Buddhism. Seventeen IMS retreat leaders have now contributed essays, most original, to a collection that's extraordinary not only for the depth of wisdom made accessible through a range of approaches, from memoir to history to abstract analysis, but for the high quality of much of the prose. Goldstein's "The Science and Art of Meditation" is as clear and fresh an introduction to meditation practice as exists anywhere. "Natural Freedom of the Heart," Kornfield's recollection of hard studying in the Thai forest with the "meditation master" Ajahn Chan, conveys powerfully how determination and integrity are indispensable companions along the path. Sylvia Boorstein's two bright essays offer sound advice cloaked in welcome good humor. Other exceptional writings are offered by Gavin Harrison, Christopher Titmuss and Carol Wilson. Not every piece is exemplary: Larry Rosenberg kvetches too much about modern society before delivering a brilliant rumination on silence, and a few other contributors fail to anchor their thoughts in concrete examples. Woven throughout, via introductions and her concluding essay, "Becoming the Ally of All Beings," are Salzberg's own elegant words, which emphasize the practice of loving-kindness. This book is not only a major work of American Buddhism, but anyone who buys it does a good deed: all royalties will be donated to a fund for the care of the American spiritual pioneer Ram Dass, who is recovering from a stroke. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

This is a collection of writings by teachers at the 25-year-old Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. The 18 writers represented are among the more notable American retreat leaders and teachers of Theravada Buddhism. The essays, homilies, and accounts of personal experience included focus on the twin themes of insight meditation (vipassana) and the practice of loving kindness (metta). The book is organized into three parts following the pattern of Buddhism's three jewels--the Buddha and lineage of teachers, the dharma or teachings, and the community of practice. As an example of spiritual guidance, this readable volume gives a good sense of the flavor of the at times eclectic character of American Theravada Buddhist practice. For a more academic picture of American Buddhism the reader is best directed to Charles Prebish's Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America (CH, Apr'00). Undergraduates; general readers and practitioners. ; Canisius College