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Best Vipassana Books You Should Enjoy

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Vipassana books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation (2009)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyThe Ancient Meditation Technique that Brings Real Peace of MindVipassand-bhavand, “the development of insight,” embodies the essence of the teaching of the Buddha. As taught by S. N. Goenka, this path to self-awareness is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results. The Vipassana technique can be successfully applied by anyone.Based on the lectures and writings of S. N. Goenka–and prepared under his direct guidance–The Art of Living shows how this technique can be used to solve problems, develop unused potential, and lead a peaceful, productive life. It includes stories by…
Author(s): William Hart

2. Beyond the Breath: Extrordinary Mindfulness through Whole Body Vipassana Meditation (2002)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyBeyond the Breath is one of the first books to give a complete overview and description of sensation based vipassana meditation, the form of mediation thought of as the original method of meditation as used by the Buddha 2,500 years ago. This form of meditation, brought to the West by S.N. Geoneka, provides a means to experience emotions directly and nonverbally—accessing the mind through the body. One of the main principles of this school of meditation is that meditation alone is not sufficient practice, but that it must be combined with a whole-life and…
Author(s): Marshall Glickman

3. The Clock of Vipassana Has Struck: A Tribute to The Saintly Life and Legacy of a Lay Master of Vipassana Meditation (The Teachings and Writings of Sayagyi U Ba Khin) (2017)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyThis collection brings the writings and teachings of Sayagyi U Ba Khin—the teacher of S. N. Goenka—together under one cover, with biographical information and a commentary by Goenka. The story of U Ba Khin and his teaching of the Dhamma is set in context through an extensive interview with S. N. Goenka, conducted by Pierluigi Confalonieri, who also edited this tribute. It was published to commemorate the centenary of Sayagyi’s birth….
Author(s): Pierluigi Confalonieri, S. N. Goenka

4. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening (2016)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyThe mind contains the seeds of its own awakening―seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom. Goldstein’s source teaching is the Satipa??hana Sutta, the Buddha’s legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight…
Author(s): Joseph Goldstein

5. Mindfulness in Plain English (2011)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyAuthor Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us The book showcases Bhante’s trademark clarity and wit as he explores the tool of meditation, what it does, and how to make it work.   This book is:   Written for those without any meditation background, but also an essential handbook for established students, Mindfulness in Plain English is a must-have for anyone exploring the benefits of Buddhist meditation. This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivating loving kindness, an especially important topic in today’s world. For…
Author(s): Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

6. Vipassana Meditation for Beginners – The Most Effective Meditation Technique: Vipassana Meditation for Happiness, Clarity, Joy and Enlightenment … Mindfulness, Meditation for Beginners) (2016)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyVipassana – “To See Things As They Are”Vipassana means, “to see things as they are”. It is to “put aside whatever is evident – the visible truth – and to concentrate on the reality as it is.” Vipassana is the practice of focusing close attention to the now. In simpler words, Vipassana is a way of achieving true happiness and a peaceful state of mind.This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, from teacher to teacher. However, the Vipassana that we know of today started with the Enlightened One, none other than Buddha himself.The Vipassana tradition circles around the teachings of Buddha,…
Author(s): Joseph Gibbins

7. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (2005)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyWhen Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date. Ten years later, the book continues to change lives. In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary, Hyperion is proud to be releasing the book with a new afterword by the author, and to share this wonderful book with an even larger audience….
Author(s): Jon Kabat-Zinn

8. THE DISCOURSE SUMMARIES Talks from a Ten-Day Course in Vipassana Meditation Condensed by William Hart (1987)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyFirst edition: 1987 Reprinted: 1989 Reprinted: 1990 Reprinted: 1994 Published by Vipashyana Vishodhan Vinyas. Pages: 123…
Author(s): S. N. & William Hart Goenka

9. The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha’s Teachings) (2003)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyOne of Buddhism’s foundational texts, the Visuddhimagga is a systematic examination and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation technique. The various teachings of the Buddha found throughout the Pali canon are organized in a clear, comprehensive path leading to the final goal of nibbana, the state of complete purification. Originally composed in the fifth century, this new translation provides English speakers insights into this foundational text. In the course of this treatise full and detailed instructions are given on 40 subjects of meditation aimed at concentration, an elaborate account of Buddhist Abhidhamma…
Author(s): Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, Bhikkhu Ñanamoli

10. Inward: Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries) (2019)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyWestern society has never been more interested in interiority. Indeed, it seems more and more people are deliberately looking inward—toward the mind, the body, or both. Michal Pagis’s Inward focuses on one increasingly popular channel for the introverted gaze: vipassana meditation, which has spread from Burma to more than forty countries and counting. Lacing her account with vivid anecdotes and personal stories, Pagis turns our attention not only to the practice of vipassana but to the communities that have sprung up around it. Inward is also a social…
Author(s): Michal Pagis

11. Mindfulness and Insight: The Mahasi Method (2019)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyA clear, simple meditation method on practicing mindfulness for insight, which takes us to our goal of liberation, the end of all suffering.Discarding any striving or ambition to attain something, the refined guidance that Mahasi Sayadaw provides in this book will lead practitioners to systematically and gradually purify their minds of attachment, aversion, and delusion and to realize the successive stages of enlightenment, culminating in the attainment of enlightenment (nibbana). Mindfulness and Insight is an excerpt of two key chapters from the comprehensive,…
Author(s): Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw

12. Meditation Now: Inner Peace through Inner Wisdom (2003)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyCelebrated Vipassana meditation teacher S. N. Goenka interprets the Buddha’s teachings in this collection of lectures, essays, and interviews. These writings provide insights into how one of the most influential contemporary Buddhist practitioners defines Vipassana and how he uses it to achieve peace of mind and lead a happy, useful life. Included are transcripts of recent talks given at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at the Millennium World Peace Summit, and a previously unpublished interview conducted by Alan AtKisson, former editor of In Context magazine….
Author(s): S. N. Goenka

13. Inward (2018)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyFrom poet, meditator, and speaker Yung Pueblo, comes a collection of poetry and prose that explores the movement from self-love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the reader that healing, transformation, and freedom are possible….
Author(s): Yung Pueblo

14. Satipatthana Vipassana (2016)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyThis 56-page booklet is a 1957 translation of an introductory discourse given by the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw on the purpose, method of practice, and benefits of the system of meditation which he taught, called Satipa h na Vipassana. The treatise includes a brief explication of Vipassana’s place in the Buddha’s teaching and its connection with the theoretical foundation in the Abhidhamma teaching, and proceeds with detailed instructions on the practice of the different aspects of insight meditation. The Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw (1904-1982) was one of the most eminent of the scholar-monks and…
Author(s): Mahasi Sayadaw

15. Discourse Summaries (2000)

 Best Vipassana Books You Should EnjoyContains 11 discourses that provide an overview of the teachings of Buddha to help meditators understand what to do and why, so they work in the proper way and achieve the proper results….
Author(s): S. N. Goenka

Best Vipassana Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some vipassana books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Samatha, Jhāna, and Vipassanā: Practice at the Pa-Auk Monastery: A Meditator’s Experience

Author(s): Hyun-soo Jeon; HaNul Jun
ID: 2400415, Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Beyond the breath : extraordinary mindfulness through whole-body Vipassana meditation

Author(s): Glickman, Marshall
ID: 2434973, Publisher: Journey Editions, Year: 2014, 2002, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana

Author(s): Shaila Catherine
ID: 1195708, Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Year: 2011, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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