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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What is Meant by Inner and Outer Meditation?

I am attending a class in Vipassana meditation. It's a series of three courses. The second course is almost over. The third course starts May 5. The instructor says the third course will teach "...
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What is the difference between Anapansati and Vipassana

Both Anapansati and Vipassana are described as the direct path to Nibbana. What are the main differences along these paths? Does one fully include the other, or do they diverge from each other, or ...
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How to not slip into Nihilism from Vipassana?

I am sensing this disenchantment from letting go. Meditating on impermanence feels like nihilism to me. There is a fleeting moment of joy from the liberation and just watching emotions go by. And I ...
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Finding a Sangha in London

I've been what you might call an armchair Buddhist for many years. I'm at a point where I'd really love to meet other like minded people and get involved with the Buddhist community on a more personal ...
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Details when practice vipassana

I have a few questions: How far do i need to be mindful? In the Satipatthana Vipassana by Mahasi, he said: "On meeting with a person in the imagination, it should be noted as "meeting, meeting", can ...
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Subtle sensations in Vipassana and Zen

In Vipassana retreats (as taught by Goenka) there is a relevant emphasis on bodily sensations that may arise. They first ask you to do Ānāpānasati (to focus on sensations above your upper lip and ...
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Problem concentrating during Vipassana meditation

I am having trouble maintaining concentration for long periods of time. I make my breath slightly hard and then pull my mind back to it and then carry on as normal. But it's quite hard to have a long ...
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Proper way to give metta

Is it necessary to only feel subtle sensations while giving metta or is it only required to be equanimous while giving metta. I have sometimes felt painful sensations that cannot be 'shaken away' ...
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The emptiness of nirvana

Maybe a strange question, but I wonder if emptiness (sunyatta) is also a characteristic of the state of nirvana?
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In simple words, how are body sensations linked to moods and feelings?

My teacher rightly emphasizes that sensations when observed equanimously will lead to eradication of suffering and he is very right. I have noticed a big change. But I just don't get the link between ...
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Why do I feel irritated after sitting for long hours?

After sitting for 2-3 hours in a day there is a sense of annoyance that follows the littlest of things that are normally overlooked. Maybe this is because of heightened awareness or lack of tolerance ...
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Exact meaning of satisampajanna

What is the exact meaning (definition) of satisampajanna? How can we develop and penetrate it in our practice?
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Resemblance between bhanga and jhana

Is there any resemblance between bhanga and the jhanas? If so, which is the accordance between both?
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Mental note of thoughts during the day

During daily activities it is ok to do a mental note when thoughts arise saying "thinking thinking" just in like the sitting meditation? I try to label every physical and mental phenomena during the ...
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Vibrations while sleeping

The following questions are targeted to Vipassana. Nevertheless, contributions from other traditions are appreciated. is there any stage where it is expected that meditators feel vibrations while ...
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Does any Theravada Suttas / sources refer to Oozing orifices? What are the Suttas?

According to Satipatthana Mula (By Sujato Bhikkhu edited by Piya Tan) Śāripūtrābhidharma Satipatthana contains a section on oozing orifices. What exactly does Śāripūtrābhidharma sources say about ...
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What are the elements (Mahābhūta) references in the Sarvastivada Satipaṭṭhāna?

According to Satipatthana Mula (By Sujato Bhikkhu edited by Piya Tan) Dharmaskandha references 6 elements that the traditional 4 elements in Theravada. They are not explicitly mentioned in the text. ...
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Samatha, Vipassana, Shikantaza scientifically compared?

Is there any scientific studies that have observed through different bias the differences and similarities between those three type of meditation? For exemple difference in EEG or brain plasticity in ...
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Is vipassana outside a ten day retreat possible?

Traditionally Vipassana meditation is taught in a 10 day retreat. I have been trying to participate in one of those, but there is only one place where I live that offers this course, it is almost ...
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How do the stages of insight before stream entry relate to the suttas

Are the stages of knowledge before stream entry mentioned in the suttas? How does this correlate with the Visuddhimagga? E.g. sabba-kaya-patisamvedi (in some interpretations) may directly relate to ...

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