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Questions tagged [vipassana]

Vipassanā (Pāli, Vipaśhyanā in Sanskrit, Lhagthong in Tibetan) is a form of insight-meditation and one of the two meditation techniques that supposedly were taught by the Buddha

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Can I attain Vipassana without doing the body scan?

I returned from Goenka's Vipassana retreat. The technique of being aware of sensations with equanimity was very helpful and led me into deeper states of meditation. But his technique includes ...
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When is 'dependent origination' broken, in meditation?

At which stage of enlightenment (or of meditation) will Dependent Origination break? In my meditation practice, now there are no clinging to the thoughts and no self view. Can notice once it appears. ...
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“The knowledge and vision to see things clearly” (yathābhūtañāṇadassanaṃ)

Knowing intellectually the three characteristics is one thing, experiencing them is another. As far as I understood, vipassana happens without will, since it is morality that leads to rapture and ...
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Duty of Student

I have list of Question can any one suggest answer of these question from me from Buddhist tradition. what is duty of student? what are elements that useful for student from Destruction? How Vipasana ...
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Is it only possible to pay attention to one thing at a time?

I once was at a (theravada) mini-retreat where the teacher insisted that if one really watched carefully, one would recognize that it is not possible for the mind to pay attention to more than one ...
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Question about Vipassana

After focusing on my breath during my meditationsessions a couple of years I desided to start practisiing Vipassana. I will like to add that I have never been on a Vipassana-retreat (yet). Im still ...
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Conscious death and afterlife meditation

Lets keep the rebirth concepts aside for a moment. Is there a way we can die consciously? (i.e.) Being aware of our death. And can we still meditate after death without a human body? If yes, then in ...
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Vipassana and sleep quality disturbance

I tried vipassana meditation and where i used to follow my belly for the inhale exhale. Every time I practised, I found that my sleep quality was disturbed. I found myself tired next day after the ...
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Lady sayadaw sayagyi -u ba khin-goenka lineage vipassana [duplicate]

My Question is --While practising vipassana what are the type of sensations arising on physical body for e.g tingling.etc etc ?
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lady sayadev, saygi u ba khin goenka lineage vipassan

In the above-titled lineage of vipassana, it is said that as soon as there is contact through the sensory bases, sensations are produced on the body. Why and how does this happen? And, what are the ...
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Sila before samatha, samatha before vipassana according to AN 11.1-3?

In discourses given to monks in AN11.1, AN11.2 and AN11.3, the Buddha gave very similar messages on the purpose and benefit of virtue (sila) and how it leads to knowledge and vision of release. I ...
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How much concentration do I need to practice vipassana?

I have read some articles and book, it says that you need to develop some basic level of concentration before you can start practicing vipassana(insight) meditation. What are the criteria to know if ...
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Why do I have swaying/floating feeling after completing 10 day Vipassana course?

These sensations and a feeling that my whole body is swaying/floating started on the 7th day of the course. On the 8th day I had quite a surreal experience during one of the group sittings. My eyes ...
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Severe sensations in throat during Vipassana

I have had very strong sensations in my throat since I started practicing Vipassana 2 years back. They keep changing shapes and sharpness - they started like a picket fence and now are like hard ...
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What is the explanation for the four types of enlightenment in Yuganaddha sutta? [duplicate]

"There is the case where a monk has developed insight preceded by tranquillity. As he develops insight preceded by tranquillity, the path is born. He follows that path, develops it, pursues it. As he ...
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Can loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy be developed through Vipassana meditation?

As far as I understand, Vipassana meditation trains attention and equanimity. Which makes sense because you are basically doing body scans all the time and remaining equanimous to bodily sensations, ...
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How can one apply the skills developed through Vipassana meditation to overcome FMO/PMO (fantasy, porn, masturbation, orgasm) addiction?

As far as I understand, Vipassana meditation trains attention and equanimity. Both sound as great skills to have in order to battle addictions. However, after having attended a 10-day Vipassana course,...
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Thinking during Vipassana meditation

Please correct me if I'm wrong. From what I read, the purpose of Vipassana meditation is to get insight, and wisdom about one self, in order to achieve a better life and eventually nibanna. The ...
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Vipassana sharpens my ability to feel the feelings of others, but I'm not yet sure how best to use that?

I've completed 5 10-day Vipassana courses, one Sati, and I've served a 3-day and in various other smaller capacities. I'll be serving my first 10 day in about 6 weeks, and began regularly sitting 2 ...
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Vipassana Meditation

If I'm meditating for example with music and I am aware of the changes of the music that is impermanence right? If I breathe in and out that is impermanence? However, how do I see dukkha and not self (...
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Is there any way to decipher sensations in the body during Vipassana?

Can we know what kind of Samskars are being eradicated from the kind of sensation? Like while doing Vipassana I feel cooling or stretched sensation on forehead; itching on throat; burning & ...
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Craving-clinging leads to volitional actions that can be used for duties. If I let go of craving, how would I do duties to family?

If I let go of craving by doing Vipassana, then according to dependent origination, there would be no clinging. With no clinging, there would be no volitional actions - without these actions, how ...
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How to lose identification with my body and physical appearance

Ever since I was a child I was very look concious. I took pride from my looks and took shame from them as well. I'm at a point where my sense of worth is mainly derived from such an unstable, ...
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Only thoughts were experienced during practice

Now no sounds were experienced during meditation only thinking was there.what shall be done here?
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Personal practices of meditation

During practice of meditation when notice thoughts disappear . experience peace and happy . innerconversation has lost. what is this state?
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Different meditation approaches within Theravada

I talked to a monk at a Thai Theravada based monastery recently and he told me that they primarily use breath meditation and jhana to gain awakening. And then there are other traditions, like yours, ...
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Best way to develop different meditation practices (simultaneously or not)

I got introduced to Buddhist meditation through the practice of meta and the cultivation of the four bramaviharas. It was going well but I decided I needed the ability to separate my ego and my will. ...
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Why do I experience a second, floating body when body scanning?

When I did the 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat, sometimes I would find that when I was body scanning, I would suddenly realize I was scanning a second, floating body maybe a foot in front and ...
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Did Siddhartha Gautam become Buddha using Vipassana alone?

I am an old student of S.N. Goenka Vipassana treat. I want to know whether Vipassana alone is sufficient to achieve Nirvana or not? Did Siddhartha Gautam became Buddha using Vipassana alone? Or If he ...
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Are bhanga and sotapatti synonyms?

Is it correct to say that the vipassana experience of bhanga is a synonym of stream entrance (sotapatti)?
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Which is the easiest of the four paths for a novice lay practitioner?

In the Yuganaddha Sutta (AN 4.170), there is described the four paths stated below. Insight refers to vipassana and tranquility refers to samatha. Development of tranquility before development of ...
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About the “knower” disappearing during vipassana

When inner conversation disappears, the "doer" disappears. How does the "knower" disappear, during vipassana meditation?
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'Impermanence' during vipassana practice

Thoughts stopped when seen them. Either happy or sad feelings of mind disappears by seen them. Is this impermanence?
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Vedana - feelings or sensations?

I understand feelings as feeling happy, sad, elated, down - more like an emotion. Sensations I understand as hot, cold, tingly, numb, all kinds of body pains or pleasant sensations in the body. ...
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what is personality view?

inner conversation of mind has reduced now.after a period of had stopped during meditation.is it due to Samadhi which achieved?And what is personality view?
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About the doer and knower

During my meditation ,I experience automatically switch on to breathe.what is this?Is it letting go of doer and knower?
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Can software development benefit from mindfulness?

Can software development benefit from mindfulness? As I'm software developer and as I want to register for Vipassana meditation so far I couldn't because of time but still thinking if I could go for ...
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Is Anapanasati a complete path? Does it, by itself, lead to nirvana?

I have been doing meditation of various forms (Goenka body-scanning, anapanasati, just sitting, kaya, citta, and vedana nupassana, etc.) but am trying to figure out something about anapanasati in ...
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Can you do labeling and tai chi?

Im doing mahasi style meditaiton with labeling - is it possible to do thai-chi and this type of noting ? should it be just "moving moving moving" non stop ? also to save me some time - when ...
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Difference between Sampajanna and Vipassana

If Sampajanna is clear comprehension and Vipassana is clearly seeing how or are they distinguishable?
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Changing parts of circumstances and the precept of not speaking what is not true

In how far might it count as a break of the precept, abstaining from telling what is not true, if one changes the circumstances? For example here: There might be a question, receiving answers. ...
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Changing of questions and the precept of not speaking what is not true

Venerables, Upasaka, Upasika Valued readers and engaged Buddhabodhisattas here, In how far might it count as a break of the precept, abstaining from telling what is not true, if one changes the ...
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What is the difference between concentration and mindfulness practice ?

I am new to buddhism and meditation (I have been practising it for one month now), and despite finishing my fourth book on the matter, I am still very unclear about what a meditation session should ...
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Has Sādhna ( Meditation practice) with closed eyes more benefits than with open?

Nowadays, I've been practicing Vipassana (Sometimes anaapan) with open eyes since I instantly start feeling sensations almost everywhere in my body including flesh & organs when I draw my ...
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Noticing Sensations

I was listening to a talk on YouTube about vipassana practice as taught by Goenka. The woman doing the talk said that the Buddha taught that every time a stimulus enters the sense door there is a ...
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Benefits of Vipassana Meditation

I've decided to do I'm thinking if meditation would help me to concentrate my study(academic). Also would it help me to feel Buddha and Dhamma? Will my memory sharp? Currently I feel little bit ...
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Is there an established monastic order, with the beleifs and practices same as the Goenka school of meditation?

Let me clarify,what I want to know is (a) 'An established monastic order' - This the Goenka school is not. (b) With principles and beleifs and aims as close to the Goenka school as possible?
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Why is it necessary to scan entire body in Vipassana?

Mr Goenka teaches that there are six senses including mind, and that when we observe them in vipassana we eradicate our sankaras. My question is, nearly all my senses are on my face: like taste, ...
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Questions from 10 Days Mr. Goenka Vipassana Course?

When I was trying to do Vipassana at home, I experienced vibrations in entire body. But there, in the Vipassana training centre, my face becomes so heavy that I could not focus on my body. Why was ...
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Am I approaching samadhi properly?

The problem: I've encountered some confusion about the differences between samadhi and vipassana, as would seem to be a frequent problem amongst beginners. This confusion was only worsened by my ...