Insight Meditation


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What is Vipassanā?

Vipassanā in the Buddhist tradition means insight into the true nature of reality, namely as the Three marks of existence: impermanence, suffering or unsatisfactoriness, and the realisation of non-self. Vipassanā-meditation is an ancient practice taught by Buddhas, reintroduced by Ledi Sayadaw and Mogok Sayadaw and popularized by Mahasi Sayadaw, S. N. Goenka and the Vipassana movement, in which mindfulness of breathing and of thoughts, feelings and actions are being used to gain insight in the true nature of reality. Due to the popularity of Vipassanā-meditation, the mindfulness of breathing has gained further popularity in the west as mindfulness.

Attitutes Essential to Success In Vipassanā-meditation

  1. Don't expect anything.
  2. Don't strain
  3. Don't rush
  4. Don't cling to anything and don't reject anything
  5. Let go
  6. Accept everything that arises
  7. Be gentel with yourself
  8. Investigate yourself
  9. View all problems as challenges
  10. Don't ponder
  11. Don't dwell upon contrasts

I would like to refer anyone interested in learning more about mindful meditation practices to Mindfulness In Plain English by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana.