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Run-on Sentence Summary

A brief introduction to Vipassana meditation, and a guidebook for a popular 10 day retreat.

Impressions

I’ve read a lot about meditation over the years, and practiced it daily off and on since college. At the beginning of my travels, I wasn’t able to join my friends Nate and Kyle in taking this famous 10 day course, and have been hoping to find a good opportunity ever since. When I found this little book in a hostel in India, I thought I’d give it a go.

I have read a lot about meditation, and practiced it off and on for years. I’ve read a handful of books on it, and I feel like this one is as good as any of them as a brief introduction to the basic precepts. This book is not about buddhism the religion, but the secular practice of meditation that was originally laid out by the buddha, as well as the basics of the 10 day meditation retreat championed by SN Goenka.

Final Thoughts

If you have any interest in meditation, give this short guide a read. I hope I get to take the course one day.

Favorite Quote

“Whatever necessities you require, work to get them. If you fail to get something, then smile and try again in a different way. If you succeed, then enjoy what you get, but without attachment.”