Manual of Insight

Foreword by
Joseph Goldstein, Daniel Goleman

The most comprehensive manual of the practice of insight meditation (vipassana), written by one of its foremost twentieth-century proponents, is translated into English for the first time.



744 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614292777

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“The teachings of Mahasi Sayadaw formed the essential context in which I learned, practiced, and studied meditation. That context is beautifully expressed in this book. I believe, as a Western laywoman who has been able to access the liberating teachings of the Buddha in a direct and pure form, I owe an inexpressible debt to Mahasi Sayadaw’s scholarship, understanding, and courage of transmission. It is a great gift to have this translation available.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 16:33 -- Kestrel Slocombe

Manual of Insight is the magnum opus of Mahasi Sayadaw, one of the originators of the Vipassana movement that has swept through the Buddhist world over the last century. The manual presents a comprehensive overview of the practice of insight meditation, including the foundational aspects of ethical self-discipline, understanding the philosophical framework for the practice, and developing basic concentration and mindfulness. It culminates with an in-depth exploration of the various types of insight and spiritual fruits that the practice yields.

Authored by the master who brought insight meditation to the West and whose students include Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg, Manual of Insight is a veritable Bible for any practitioner of vipassana. 

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Translated by the Vipassanā Mettā Foundation Translation Committee.

  • Project Advisor—Sayadaw U Paṇḍita (Paṇḍitārāma Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha, Yangon, Myanmar)
  • Managing Editor—Steve Armstrong
  • Translators
    • Hla Myint
    • Ariya Baumann
  • Abhidhamma and Pāḷi Research Consultants
    • Sayadaw U Janaka (Chanmyay Yeiktha, Yangon, Myanmar)
    • Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar)
    • Sayadaw U Sāgara (Chanmyay Myaing Study Monastery, Hmawbi, Myanmar)
    • Hla Myint (Myanmar and USA)
    • Akincano (Marc Weber) (Germany)
  • Pāḷi Quote Citations, Glossaries—Ven. Vīranāṇī
  • Abhidhamma Charts—Steve Armstrong
  • Editors
    • Ven. Vīranāṇī
    • Steve Armstrong
    • Ariya Baumann
    • Deborah Ratner Helzer
    • Kamala Masters

Funding provided by Vipassanā Mettā Foundation.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to freely distribute copies to Buddhist monastics, libraries, and meditation centers, and to support opportunities to practice the method outlined in the book.

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