Basic and Progressive Stages
by Mahasi Sayadaw
Size: 5.5” X 8.3”
Pages: 95 pages
The practice of Vipassana or insight meditation was described by the Buddha as the “only way” for the overcoming of all sorrow and grief and for realizing Nibbàna, the state of perfect liberation from suffering. The Buddha taught the essence of this practice to consist in the four foundations of mindfulness: mindful contemplation of the body, feelings, states of mind, and mind objects. The great Burmese meditation master, the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, helped to spearhead the modem revival of insight meditation. Combining extensive knowledge of the Buddhist scriptures with profound personal experience, he has ordered the various aspects of Vipassana into a clear, simple and direct system that has spread widely in both the East and the West. In the present work the nucleus of a vast treatise running to almost a thousand pages the Sayadaw explains in lucid language the key steps in the practice of Vipassana. The first part of his work provides instructions in the basic exercise to be undertaken by a newcomer to the meditation. The second part sketches, with the sure touch of living experience, the progressive stages of insight that unfold as the practice advances towards its goal.
The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw was one of the foremost Buddhist meditation masters of modem times. The founder of a wide network of meditation centers in his native Burma (Myanmar), he was highly-esteemed for his accomplishment in both the scholastic and practical aspects of Therravada Buddhism.