Cynthia Thatcher

Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense Perception

Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense Perception

In eloquent, expressive language this book explores in depth the Buddha’s significant teaching, “When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,” as it applies to the practice of insight meditation as taught by Mahasi Sayadaw. Along the way, the book touches on the two kinds of reality-ultimate and conventional-expounded in the Abhidhamma. The author explains these two realities through the example of a pointillist painting of Seurat that can be viewed in two ways. In addition, there are meditation instructions for beginners, an appendix on the perceptual process as described in Buddhist metaphysics, and a crossword puzzle of Pali terms.


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About Cynthia Thatcher

Cynthia Natalee Thatcher (1966- 2013) earned her BA in philosophy, working with faculty advisers Marvin Levich and C.D.C. Reeve. In 2000, she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She became a Buddhist teacher and was a contributor to many online resources for Buddhist study. In 2008, she published Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception through the Buddhist Publication Society. The book explored in depth the Buddha’s significant teaching “When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,” relating to the practice of insight meditation.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276

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