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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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What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation?

What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation? Doing, acting, content toward what is skilful, toward what unskilful in ...
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What is breath?

There is a lot of talk on breath, now what is breath? What's the meaning? Is it form? What of it? Is it an action? Is it a perception? A feeling? How should it be taken, if to be taken, so that it ...
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In how far does involvement in certain undertaking effects one, good or bad?

In how far does one take part on skilfull or unskilfull undertaking? In how far does one receives the fruits of good or bad actions by means of getting involved by toughts, signs and deeds, by ...
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What does 'all the phenomena related to the senses are “not real”' mean?

Upasaka Angus asked on another place: What do you mean that all the phenomena related to the senses are "not real"? So what does a statement '"all the phenomena related to the senses are "not real ...
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Goenkas vipassana

I focus now on bigger area from top of the nose to upper lip.When I watch breath my focus goes from upper lip to nasal passage but could not return to upper lip that is my tiny spot of focus .It gets ...
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How can watching be non-doing?

In Vipassana meditation ,it is emphasized that one should not force the mind to concentrate on certain object or force anything to happen in particular.Its kind of letting things unfold and just ...
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What lasts longer: the Cheesburger or a perception of it?

What lasts longer: the Cheesburger or a perception of it? What's more real? Where to put into de-veloping?
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Goenka's vipassana

I can not focus in upper lip: my focus goes in to nostril. I can now watch breath in nostril, but can not stay focussed on upper lip and watch breath. I focus on entire nose and not on upper lip, and ...
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Why not becoming disillusioned toward mind?

An argument why a question "mind vs. matter" will not be given free points on: That’s why, when it comes to this mind, an uneducated ordinary person is unable to become disillusioned, dispassionate,...
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Are Samatha and Vipassana mentioned in the Pali Canon as different styles/techniques of meditation?

I've seen in a lot of discussions that there are two kinds of meditation methods with different but complementary goals: meditation for establishing tranquility (samatha) and meditation for ...
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Integration of Body and Mind

Upon asking about over-watching Youtube, I wondered if this activity was detrimental because it was merely sensory without much cognition. Buddhism usually promotes seemingly either attention (...
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Samatha vs Vipassana. What are the mechanics?

So correct me if im wrong samatha and vipassna are the goals of all forms of meditation. Anapanasati can be either for the goal of samatha or vipassana (or both). Vipassana is very cognitive, ...
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How many types of Buddhism exists in this world?

many times, I stumbled to start to dig something towards teaching of Buddha and at some point want to make focus on Buddhism. During my journey of looking bird eye of view, I passed through Vipassana, ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

This may be a crazy question. But just out of curiosity when we do law of attraction method they say that we can attract money, success or something. Can we attract enlightenment like that??? So in ...
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Wholesome is absence of passion?

A person told here, that wholesome (kusala) means absence of passion (desire, will..., raga, lobha, chanda...). Is that right? If, why. Is it wrong? If, why? No need to have passion to answer the ...
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Vipassanā Without Samatha?

I have heard it stated that vipassana can be practiced without samatha. Since samatha leads us to the early jhana factors of vitarka and vicara, how is it possible to do vipassana with wandering ...
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Review of this “Bhaddekaratta Sutta - Liberation teachings on an ideal seclusion”, and/or info about the author?

(Note that this is surely an experimental "question" for the usual use, although not different, just the purpose and circumstances) Today the Sangha of the eight directions was given, aside of other ...
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How to approach motivation for work during Vipassana?

My career involves lot of self-learning, and self-motivation. I like my work, which is a reason why my work doesn't feel like work. However, I am finding it hard to incorporate Vipassana into my work. ...
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Is the act of moving, eating, doing, and living craving itself? [duplicate]

I've been practicing Vipassana and reading "The Art of Living" by S.N Goenka. My questions is, I have obligations. When I wake up in the morning I have a thought to go to the bathroom and brush my ...
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Did Ledi Sayadaw teach that Vipassanā should be practised by observing bodily sensations with equanimity?

A very short summary of the Vipassanā technique taught by S.N. Goenka would be: "observe your bodily sensations with equanimity". The role of physical bodily sensations is the key aspect of the ...
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Recommendation for Suttas

I have been practising Vipassana for quite a while (2 and half years). Now, I want to also dwell into the teachings of Buddha as presented in Suttas and apply those teaching in my everday life. I have ...
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Scattered mind while doing Body Scanning in Vipassana

I have been practicing Vipassana under the tradition of S.N Goenka for the last 2 and half year. When I scan my body and observe different sensations, I find that my mind is not clear and It's not ...
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Is there a objective book on how vipassana of U. Mahasi and S.N. Goenka works?

I have been practicing Vipassana in S.N. Goenka's lineage for two years. I have read some of Mahasi's and Webu's Sayadaw writings as well. The biggest hindrance I've thus come across is Doubt. Every ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Vipassana-style meditation has been adapted to treat patients to prevent recurrence of depression and anxiety through MBCT, and to treat chronic pain and stress through MBSR. More info on this can ...
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About the compatibility between meditation methods, guides, trainings and teachers, and other questions regarding Samadhi

Being acquainted with Buddhism (although in a pretty shallow and intellectual fashion) since a few years now, I've just realized that I had almost no experience in meditation at all. It was only ...
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Can Vipassana dissolve psychosis?

I did 2 10 day Goenka Vipassana courses. And years later developed adult onset psychosis, I have not maintained Vipassana practice. Just had a physical and it appears that otherwise I’m relatively ...
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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 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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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, ...