I really didn't know much about Dipa Ma except that Sharon Salzberg had studied with her. But when I read an excerpt from this book in Tricycle, I went out immediately and bought it. And my God, am I glad I did.
I have been meditating 2-3 hours EVERY DAY since I read this wonderful book--it just takes away any reluctance to immerse yourself in the practice. Dipa Ma's story is inspiring, but more than that, there is more incredible wealth of practical, inspiring advice in this little volume than in ten books twice its size.
Please buy and read this book--you won't regret it!
A good friend of mine in San Jose recommended me to read this book, and she said she would reimburse me if I were not satisfied. Well, I have read it again and again, with footnotes, translation into Vietnmese for friends; and I have already ordered ten books to send to my firends as a "token of my gratitude" to them. I have also e-mailed to friends everywhere telling them to read it to "strengthen your self confidence that laypeople can also gain the highest jhana, and a poor, uneducated woman can also become a Saint". I will also write a book review and ask my good friend Dr. Jane Rand to write the Review in English to be published in the bilingual (Vietnamese-English)in the Dat Lanh Buddhist Review Magazine in San Diego.
With deepest gratitude to Ami Schmidt for her excellent work. We all expect you to write similar books in the future.