I am looking for the most important Buddhist readings regarding vipassana teachings. I have read thoroughly the Satipatthana Sutta, but I wonder if there are other important texts regarding insight meditation.

Thank you.


Yes there are some great teachings by the burmese meditation master Mahasi Sayadaw.

This website offers free books by Mahasi Sayadaw dealing with vipassana meditation and how to develop insight. This is a quote from the website regarding the free books:

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You might find these books useful:

1. A Discourse on Vipassana

An extensive guideline through the practice of Vipassana meditation and explanation of the Satipatthana medthod, including how Nibbana is realized through this method of practice.

21. Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation

This book includes an explanation of the difference of Samatha and Vipassana meditation, how Vipassana is practiced, the theory behind the practice, and how the practice achieves the goal of Nibbana and fulfills the Eightfold Noble Path.

26. Practical Vipassana Meditational Exercises

This is a brief look to the Vipassana meditation along with a few exercises to begin with.

28. Purpose of Practicing Kammatthana (Buddhist) Meditation

Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw explains the two kinds of meditations taught by the Buddha as well as a brief teaching on how to practice the two methods.

29. Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation

This book explains the Satipatthana Vipassana meditation method that's taught by the Buddha in the Satipatthana Sutta. It explains extensively the instructions given by the Buddha in the Satipatthana sutta, the practice, and the theory behind it.

30. Summary of Discourses on Purity and Insight (Visuddhi-Nana-Kattha)

This is a collection of discourses given by the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw on the subjects of purity and insight.

31. The Satipatthana Meditation

This is yet another discourse to extensively discuss the Satipatthana meditation method prescribed by the Buddha in the Satipatthana Sutta.


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    30+ discourses by Mahasi Sayadaw that can all be downloaded in one zip file:static.sirimangalo.org/mahasi
    – Lowbrow
    May 15 '15 at 15:44
  • The "Practical Insight Meditation" by Mahasi is easy to get in online bookshops and some people say it is the best dhamma-book ever ;)
    – eudoxos
    May 16 '15 at 8:17

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