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  • S.Ganesh
    Introduction to Vipassana Meditation : Vipassana (Pali) or vipasyana (Sanskrit) means Insight and is often
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      Introduction to Vipassana Meditation : Vipassana (Pali) or vipasyana (Sanskrit) means " Insight " and is often referred to as simply " Insight Meditation ". While it is a type of meditation as taught by the Buddha, it is essentially non-sectarian in character and has universal application. While the meditation practices themselves vary from school to school, the underlying principle is the investigation of phenomena as they manifest in the five aggregates (skandhas) namely, matter or form (rupa), sensation or feelings (vedana), perception (samjna, Pali sanna), mental formations (samskara, Pali sankhara) and consciousness (vijnana, Pali vinnana). This process leads to direct experiential perception, vipassana. In a broader sense, vipassana has been used as one of two poles for the categorization of types of  meditation, the other being samatha (Pali) or samatha (Sanskrit). Samatha is a focusing, pacifying and calming meditation . It is used as a preparation for vipassana, pacifying the mind and strengthening the concentration in order to allow the work of insight. This dichotomy is also sometimes discussed as "stopping and seeing." In this practice, it is said that while samatha can calm the mind, only insight can reveal how the mind was disturbed to start with, which leads to prajna (Pali : panna, knowledge) and jnana (Pali : nana, wisdom) and thus understanding, preventing it from being disturbed again.The Vipassana meditation which employs Vipassana and anapana meditation as its primary techniques and places emphasis on the teachings of the Satipattana Sutta. Vedana (sensation/feeling) is the primary initial subject of investigation.  Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e.,an Art Of Living. To those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we recommend visiting the International Vipassana website : www.dhamma.org  for an introduction.

      This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

      The Practice : To learn Vipassana it is necessary to take a ten-day residential course  under the guidance of a qualified teacher, during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline ( Please check the website www.dhamma.org/en/code.shtml ), learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. For the duration of the retreat, students remain within the course site, having no contact with the outside world. They refrain from reading and writing, and suspend any religious practices or other disciplines. They follow a demanding daily schedule which includes about ten hours of sitting meditation. They also observe silence, not communicating with fellow students; however, they are free to discuss meditation questions with the teacher and material problems with the management.

      COURSE  FEE : All courses throughout the world are run solely on the basis of freely-offered donations. No fee charged - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation .The courses are financed totally by donations from students who have completed a prior course and wish to share the benefits they themselves received by giving donation for the students who come after them. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. This practice is consistent with the pure tradition, whereby the teaching is to be offered freely, free from any taint of commercialism, and supported solely by donations stemming from the wholesome volitions of gratitude and generosity.


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