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Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation by Mark Edsel Johnson PhD

Open Letter from author:


Dear Dhamma Friends,

  I am writing to you because I think you may be interested in my new book: Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation: Samatha-Vipassanā Meditation based on the Sutta-Piṭaka. I wrote this book in response to the many dhamma practitioners and dhamma centers who are attempting to incorporate more of the original teachings of the Buddha as recorded in the Pali Suttas.


  Specifically, the book was written on request of Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi of the Dhammasukha Meditation Center, and is being published under their auspices. All proceeds at this point are going to support the activities of this dhamma center.


  A number of methods based on the original instructions of the Buddha as given in the Pali suttas have made their appearance in recent years, and my book is a study of one such sutta-based method, Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM). This method has been my practice for the past decade after some years practicing other methods of Buddhist meditation.


  I hope the book will be of interest not only to those interested directly in TWIM, but also to any practitioners who wish to know how their practice relates to the original instructions. It is a book both for practitioners and also for scholars, as very little has been written about the subject of sutta-based methods of meditation. Most previous books on Theravadin meditation have analyzed methods which are based on the Visuddhimagga (Path of Purity) which is the widely accepted manual of Theravadin meditation. Any sutta-based method will differ in some important respects from the Vissudhimagga-based methods, and my book attempts to illumine such differences.


  The book is a rewrite of my PhD thesis for which I was awarded doctorate of Buddhist Studies from a joint program of Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) and the Thai National University, Mahachulalongkornvidyalai (MCU). From the beginning, I intended the thesis not only for scholars but also for practitioners. The book, which is a rewritten version of the thesis, keeps the Pali references (as footnotes) but has eliminated most of the purely scholarly elements. The positive feedback I have been getting has been coming mostly from practitioners, but some from scholars who are also practitioners.


  The link to the book is here:


  There is a Russian translation being prepared as well as an Asian edition to be published in Malaysia. There are translations planned into Hindi and Marathi.


  I can be contacted by email at

  Wishing you all the best and for the happiness of all beings.

       With metta

          Mark Edsel Johnson

Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation by Mark Edsel Johnson PhD