The Progress of Insight Map

The Progress of Insight (PoI) Map

Texts by Mahasi Sayadaw

For an extended analysis of the map (stages) of the progress of insight, please read Chapter 6 from the Manual of Insight.

Alternatively you can read a shorter text by Mahasi Sayadaw, available on our website:

 

A reference on the stages of PoI can also be found in Chapter 5 of the Manual of Insight. This chapter is also widely known as a separate book (with a different, older translation) named Practical Insight Meditation. The second part of this book, that includes the reference on PoI map, can be found below:

Note: A modified version of Practical Insight Meditation can also be found on Jack Kornfield’s book Living Dharma.

 

Texts by others

Visuddhimagga - The Path of Purification

Mahasi Sayadaw based his analysis of the PoI stages on Visuddhimagga, a Theravada Buddhist doctrine, written by Buddhagosha approximately in the 5th Century.

You can download Visuddhimagga in various e-book formats, using the following link:

 

In This Very Life by U Pandita

A brief reference on the PoI map can be found in the appendix of U Pandita’s book In This Very Life.

 

The Seven Stages of Purification and The Insight Knowledges book by Venerable Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera

This book is based on a series of discourses on meditation which Venerable Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera gave to his pupils in 1977.

You can download it, using the following link:

 

A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield

The stages of PoI are discussed in the section “Dissolving the Self” of the book A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield.

 

Audio

Anagarika Munindra’s talk on the progress of insight

In December of 1983, Anagarika Munindra, gave a talk at IMS regardring the PoI:

 

Steve Armstrong’s series of talks regarding the progress of insight

In July of 2016, Steve Armstrong gave a series of talks in West Coast Dharma Society, regarding the PoI as presented in Mahasi Sayadaw’s “Manual of Insight”. Below you will find the direct download links from Dharma Seed:

 

Video

Steve Armstrong’s “The Map of the Journey” lecture

In July 21th of 2016, Steve Armstrong gave a lecture in Seattle Insight Meditation Center, regarding the PoI as presented in Mahasi Sayadaw’s “Manual of Insight”. Below you will find a link to the video:

 

Modern Interpretations of the Map

The Pragmatic Dharma community is heavily influenced by both Mahasi Sayadaw’s noting technique and his analysis on the stages of PoI. Below you will find some alternative interpretations of the PoI map by three famous pragmatic dharma teachers:

 

E-books

A combination of the texts by Kenneth Folk (from his work-in-progress “Contemplative Fitness”) and Ron Crouch (from his website) can be downloaded in various e-book formats using the following link:

An unofficial compilation of texts by Ron Crouch, can be downloaded in various e-book formats using the following link:

An unofficial compilation of old texts by Kenneth Folk, can be downloaded in various e-book formats using the following link:

 

Audio by Ron Crouch

In this talk, Ron Crouch describes in a clear and down to earth way the 16 stages of insight:

 

Videos by Daniel Ingram

Daniel Ingram has published various videos on Vimeo regarding the PoI stages:

 

Note

Although the Pragmatic Dharma Movement is heavily influenced by Mahasi Sayadaw’s work, Daniel Ingram ( D. Ingram is supposedly authorized to teach the Dhamma by Sayadaw U Pandita, Jr.), Kenneth Folk and Ron Crouch are not (at least publicly) authorized teachers in the Mahasi Sayadaw’s lineage.

It is true that the Pragmatic Dharma teachers suggest a new, practice oriented and for some a controversial approach on the teachings of the Buddha. Practitioners interested in Mahasi Vipassana and the stages of the PoI are encouraged to study this material and come to their own conclusions.

 

References in scientific publications

References on the PoI Map can be found on the following scientific documents: