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Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
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We also carry titles from the Theravada tradition, as we feel that by exploring the wider world of the Theravada texts, which include the Buddha’s discourses, commentaries, and scholarly articles and treatises, meditators have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Dhamma and thereby enrich their meditation practice. This kind of intellectual exploration also helps a meditator to gain an understanding of the evolution and historical context of their meditation tradition. This understanding in turn deepens their practice and understanding of the Dhamma.x
Author: Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.
Product Type: Softcover Book
New and Collected Essays on Vipassana Meditation
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Author and psychiatrist Paul Fleischman explores the interface between psychiatry, science and the timeless teaching of the Buddha in Karma and Chaos. Eight new and collected essays by Dr. Fleischman in this thoughtful work probe the heart of the Buddha's legacy to humanity: self-correction through meditation. Drawing on his many years of practice as a therapist, and as meditation student and teacher, he guides us with authority and humility into the essence of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka, its psychological benefits and perils, and the inextricable foundation of moral actions.
Also available in translation in French, Italian, and Serbo-Croatian, and as an eBook in English. See Related Items below.
In this book the complexities of karma are made more intelligible, even rational, by applying an overview of Chaos Theory. This helps one transcend the limited linear rationality of the individual and examine karma within a cosmic framework.
On November 20, 2010, Paul gave a talk at MIT, "Vipassana Meditation & The Scientific World-View," in which he elaborated on Complexity Theory in depth and showed how it permits an integration of causality (determinism) and creation (free will).
Whatever your views of karma, Karma and Chaos provides unique and interesting insights. And it's only one of eight essays in the book.