In this intelligent, accessible work, acclaimed poet and meditation teacher Stephen Levine introduces readers to meditation. Filled with practical guidance and advice—as well as extensive personal recollections—A Gradual Awakening explains the value of meditation as a means of attaining awareness, and provides readers with extensive advice on how establish a practice. Drawing on his own personal experiences with and insights into vipassana meditation, Levine has crafted an inspiring book for anyone interested in deep personal growth.
About the Author
Stephen Levine was an American poet, author, and teacher best known for his work on death and dying. For over thirty years, Stephen—along with his wife Ondrea—provided emotional and spiritual support for those who were life-threatened, and for caregivers. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who, along with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Ram Dass, and Sharon Salzberg, have made the teachings of Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. He is the author of A Gradual Awakening, Healing into Life and Death, Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings, and Who Dies?. Stephen Levine passed away in 2016 at the age of 78.
"Levine's message and service fill an essential need in America today." —Psychology Today
"A simple and gently written book by a man who shares his own personal experiences and insights into how meditation can work and how we can become aware of ourselves. A beautiful book, recommended for anyone interested in their own deep growth." —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross