If at all possible find a teacher who has walked at least a good way down the path of insight, so that they may help you in your time of need. If you can’t find one, then you will have to compromise with books and advice where you can find it, but be very careful and is something I wouldn’t advise Next we have the essential support of sangha. It is one of the three jewels and not an optional extra. If you think you can do this practice in the way it has to be done in order to enter the promise of permanent change on your own please forget it. You will wander off course, increase your delusion and may well get yourself into all sorts of emotional difficulties along the way. Insight practice has the power to encourage the emergence of the dark forces that are in all of us. Not knowing what to do with these forces can lead to serious problems.

Study, and put into practice the eightfold path in totality. Nurturing the eightfold path (in a direct orthodox way or a “hidden” way, e.g., Zen) will be the active component that reveals the reality of self whatever method of insightful investigation you may use – including those of the Maha Satipatthana Sutra.