Liberating Insight: Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Insight Meditation

Silkworm Books
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This book introduces the reader to the psychology of Theravada Buddhism, the cradle of all later Buddhist schools and traditions. In simple and clear language Frits Koster describes the fundamental teachings of Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths, karma and rebirth. He also introduces various forms of meditation, in particular vipassana or insight meditation. After a practical explanation of the method and practice of insight meditation, he elaborates on the fruits of this practice, namely wisdom and purification of the mind.

In the final section of the book, Koster applies the principles and benefits of insight meditation to Western society in the areas of health, therapy, relationships, communication and stress. The book offers a rich and authentic introduction to Buddhist psychology and insight meditation.

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About the author

Frits Koster has been practicing Vipassana meditation for about twenty-eight years, and lived and practiced as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia for about five years. In 1988 he returned to the Netherlands, and he has been facilitating meditation retreats in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland ever since. He disrobed in 1994 and now works part-time in psychiatric health care, as well as teaching courses in Buddhist psychology and philosophy. He is known for his clarity, simplicity, and gentle approach to the Dhamma.
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Publisher
Silkworm Books
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Published on
May 10, 2004
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Pages
219
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ISBN
9781628402353
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Religion / Buddhism / Rituals & Practice
Religion / Buddhism / Theravada
Religion / Meditations
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