The Progress of Insight

This past Sunday, Zac guided our reflection using the Progress of Insight framework. This “map of the journey” comes to us from various traditional Theravada Buddhist commentary texts, most notably Buddhagosa’s Visuddhimagga (430 CE). This framework outlines insights, stages, and particular challenges that a practitioner of vipassanā (“insight”, “clear-seeing”) meditation is said to pass through on the way to liberation.

Here are some resources on the Progress of Insight.

  • Daniel Ingram a self proclaimed arahant and an interesting and somewhat controversial figure. He manages to be orthodox, irreverent, deep, reductionistic, linear, secular, and esoteric all at the same time. His self published book (Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha) is available for free online (here). It contains a colorful exposition on the Progress of Insight with many anecdotes and examples.
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