The instruction in this manual is that given by the Venerable P.M. Sobin Namto, our teacher(achan), a Buddhist monk and meditation teacher from Thailand. Selected portions were chosenfrom taped conversations with Achan, recorded in an informal atmosphere. An interviewsection, slightly edited, is provided for the meditator as general guidance in the initial phases of meditation practice. The instruction is in no sense definitive, as each meditator'’s experiencediffers; however, similar problems manifest under different guises. Our frustrations, anxietiesand conflicts appear to have a common genesis: all spring from the root-base of greed, hatredand confusion.The material presented in this digest presumes the reader'’s acquaintance with the techniquesof Vipassanā-Insight Meditation and fundamental knowledge of the Dharma. The text is nothighly polished; some repetition is inevitable. But if a glint of the brilliance of the Crown Jewelof the Dhamma—the way of mindfulness—is reflected within the mind of the reader, thesewritings will have served their purpose.Wat Buddhawararam of Denver4801 Julian StreetDenver, Colorado 80221, U.S.A.
Introduction by Achan Sobin
As a novice, I carefully studied the Buddhist teaching and diligently applied myself to the studyof philosophy, scripture, history and language. I could explain the most abstruse points of Buddhist philosophy and speak on the field of Buddhist meditation. My mind was packed tooverflowing with facts. Only when I decided to put the books away and actually enteredmeditation training myself, did I begin to understand truly what I had studied and what I hadbeen taught.I sincerely hope that each reader is encouraged to pursue the training with ever-greaterdetermination, to search for the truth—to discover the dharma not found in books.May you all persevere on the path.—Achan Sobin3