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 someone provide online resources to learn Vipassana and Metta?

Anything like a PDF or a website link or a podcast audio is OK for me :)
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What is the name in Pāli and Sanskrit for the ‘body scanning’ meditation technique?

I would like to research this method in historical texts, but any search on google for ‘body scan’ only returns results related to the modern vipassana movement.
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Is it dangerous to focus on ticks from childhood during meditation?

At the panditarama vipassana retreat they ask us to focus and observe on the object that pops up our attention, such as a pain or thought. I started having ticks that I had on my childhood, such as ...
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Problems with the abdominal area while practicing Vipassana

I have been practising Vipassana for 5 months since going on a 10 day course. In answering someone's question on increased salivation during a 10 day Vipassana course, the respondent stated that the ...
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Is appropriate to mentally talk to myself during meditation?

Let’s suppose the primary object of my meditation is breathing. I usually just notice the exact point where my breath touch my nostrils and in my mind without words I just acknowledge this finding ...
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What are the differences between vipassana and mindfulness meditation?

I have been reading about vipassana and mindfulness meditation but so far I haven’t fully understood the differences. Is mindfulness meditation an aspect or a variation of vipassana meditation?
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How does one understand the elements of the Pure Octad in Sunlight?

According to Abhidhamma, the smallest unit of Rupa is called the Suddhashtaka(Pure Octad) which has the following 8 elements: patavi, apo, tejo, vayo, vanna, gandha, rasa, and oja Regarding Sunlight,...
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Discernment vs. judgement in the labeling meditation

To watch the mind, as far as I understand, is to simply watch the mind without judging it. But there is a method, which teaches us to note sad when we are sad, dislike when we dislike something, happy ...
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What kind of vipassana retreats do you recommend in South East Asia?

I've been meditating for 2.5 years, and have done two retreats before (Goenka and Gil Fronsdal). I'm looking forward to expanding to my understanding of the practice in South East Asia. I was ...
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In what way(s) does engaging in sexual activity affect meditation practice?

Does sexual activity (masturbation and beyond) hinder vipassana meditation practice? If so, does anyone know through experience or references exactly how this activity affects the practice? For ...
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Quantified Self and Meditation

I've looked around here for things related to this but keep coming up dry... As is fairly common these days, I've been tracking/logging a lot of different things over the past several years such as ...
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Can vipassana cause mental stress?

I tried Vipassana for some time. I feel some fear of death and reality of life. So what do I want to do? When I do anapanasathi, I feel relaxed.
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Should a beginner try to educate others about the benefits of Vipassana?

As a practitioner (but a beginner) of Anapana and Vipassana meditation, I have realized and experienced the immense benefits of the technique and the immense potential of Dhamma to bring change and ...
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Is this progress in meditation?

Sometimes during meditation (Vipassana), I've noticed how the mind tends to get back to breathing by itself, without effort. Can I consider this a progress in meditation? I know that it would be a ...
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Is it only a matter of time before expected feelings of “remorse or shame or guilt” surface during meditation?

Approaching yr68, I have committed my share of unwholesome conduct over the years, the typical errors of middle-class youth and adulthood in this USofA. I've been practicing sitting meditation for ...
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How can the sensations of the meditation object (attention to the breath) be made more noticeable?

While practicing sitting vipassana meditation, using the felt sensations of the abdomen rising and falling with each breath as the meditation object, there is the frequent flood of mental images ...
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Losing awareness

I have been dealing with negative mental states in my practice. When it gets overwhelming I lose my sense of mindfulness and get lost in the middle of all the noise and I guess I identify with it, ...
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the value of a regular vipassana meditation practice

What is the value in a regular vipassana meditation practice (e.g. almost daily, some days twice, typically 1hr+ per session) if, over the long haul (months), annicca, dukkha and annatta are not ...
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Mahasi Sayadaw Walking

In the tradition of Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw, it is taught that walking and sitting meditation should be practiced balanced with one another. I am wondering where it can be found that the Buddha taught ...
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How should satipatthana be understood in regard to external/internal minds?

"In this way he remains focused internally on the mind in & of itself, or externally on the mind in & of itself, or both internally & externally on the mind in & of itself. (Thanissaro)...
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Body's response to meditation

I have been practising Vipassana meditation for some years now. Please advise me: why on my in-breath do my toes contract, and most times relax on my out-breath? Sometimes my toes stay contracted for ...
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How to ordain and become a monk?

I want to devote my life to Buddhist way of meditation, I want to know more of Buddha teaching but my main interest is for go day and night actual meditation practices. I accidentally come across Sri ...
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Looking for info on the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw tradition

I have started practicing Vipassana meditation and seek information on the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition. Could anyone provide me with some sources for learning about and understanding this tradition? ...
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How to scan your body in 3d?

In S. N. Goyenka Vipassana meditation you have to scan your body from head to foot and foot to head. Now I take my attention or [ध्यान dhyaan] at top point of my head, so it’s a 2d point now I move ...
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Mind moving too fast to note?

What to do when the mind starts moving so fast that individual experiences cannot be noted? And as far as I have experienced, the mind can only be in one place at a time, but it begins moving so fast ...
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Help with a weekend slump in meditation practice

On work days (5 days a week), I'm normally able to get in around 4-4.5 hours of meditation a day, normally walking and sitting for 45 minutes each and then some Anapana meditation usually at the start ...
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Vipassana meditation comes naturally; Samatha meditation incredibly hard.

Let me start off by saying that I can do Vipassana meditation for about 20 minutes at present. Accepting thoughts as they arise, noticing sensations without judging is relatively easy, compared to ...
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Attainment of enlightenment without desire

The Noble Truths make us aware that the cause of suffering is desire. Isn't it a desire to become enlightened and attain Nirvana; thus, causes suffering? If you drop the desire, will it be possible to ...
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Automatic body scanning? What is happening here?

This has happened to me a few times on Goenka retreats. When I have been practicing mindfulness of breath and body scanning for a while, near day 7 or so my attention will be moving quite quickly, ...
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What is the difference between a Vipassana Jhana and a Samatha Jhana?

Definitions of the term Jhana tend to emphasize the 'mind state' quality it refers to in various states of meditative absorption: The jhanas are altered states of consciousness which are produced ...
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During insight meditation, what does the meditator note in-between the rising and falling of the abdomen?

I practice insight meditation (Theravada tradition), noting the rising and falling of the abdomen. It was suggested that one should make a mental note once per second, neither too frequently, nor too ...
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Any advice for beginners about Vipassana traditions?

There are many Theravada Vipassana traditions according to this wikipedia page and more according to this answer. My questions are: Are any, or all, of these traditions suited to beginners? And why? ...
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Meaning of 'kalapas'

What did the Buddha really meant with 'kalapas' (those ultra small particles of existence, that arise and pass away at an incredible speed)? Is there a correlation between those kalapas and the ...
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Noting craving for food : Ven. Mahasi Saydaw tradition

Practice : Ven.Mahasi Sayadaw I mostly practice "daily life" meditation and I found this specific question very important ( I have got some illnesses due to this too) I get intention to eat when I ...
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Proper practice with the five hindrances

What is the proper way one should incorporate the concept of the five hindrances into the practice? For instance, should a lustful thought arise in the mind, followed by a bodily sensation, at what ...
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Distractions during practice ( Goenka)

I recently completed a 10 day Goenka retreat. When we began vipassana on the 4th day, I noticed that I was getting a lot of tension/pressure/movement around my eyes. I informed the teacher of this and ...
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Is vipassana practice the same as insight practice?

Is vipassana practice the same as insight practice? Are the terms completely interchangeable? I know there is the vipassana movement but this appears to be Theravadin so it makes me think that ...
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Meditation “thinking” “imagining” mental note : Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition

Practice Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition meditation I have had two incidents recently . Said something that should not have said Stopped happening an argument that my mind really wanted to do Now ...
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Important readings in vipassana

I am looking for the most important Buddhist readings regarding vipassana teachings. I have read thoroughly the Satipatthana Sutta, but I wonder if there are other important texts regarding insight ...
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Lost mind while Meditating

I'm practising Vipassana meditation and I noticed that most of the time my mind thankfully doesn't wonder about things (past, future, judging). But I notice that my attention is not really sharp. It'...
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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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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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What is the difference between Anapanasati and Vipassana?

Both Anapanasati 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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In Vipassana meditation - How long does one keep watching an object?

When doing vipassana meditation and when one is observing an object - for how long does one keep observing and noting the object? I have been wondering about this for a while now since i do not know ...
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How to apply meditation in the following difficult situations

I have been practicing vipassanā and mettā at least six months and I have embraced the teachings and practice in my everyday life. However there are certain situations in life where I find difficult ...
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Feeling the Need to Take A Deep Breath After Developing Concentration

I am new to this site and am not entirely sure if this is an appropriate question to ask, if it is not forgive me. I practice Vipassana meditation and after some time observing the breath, I feel the ...
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How can I remedy the erratic energy-power that arises from vipassana aka cessation-contemplation meditation so I can feel more in-control?

I notice that when I don't meditate it is easier to ignore things (e.g. other people, situations) and focus on my own thing--even though I might not be as concentrated. This is of course not the right ...
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The cognitive process: the stage of investigating consciousness

When practicing insight meditation and when observing mental formations arising then sometimes shortly after another mental formation arises caused by the first mental formation. An example could ...
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Drop your opinions at work?

When I am supposed to simply observe my thoughts and any opinions that arise from them, and not cling to them, how am I supposed to work? I have a job, and as such you cannot not have opinions. It ...
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Does Zen distinguish between concentration and insight meditation?

Both the Theravada and Tibetan systems distinguish between two aspects of meditation -- concentration (aka shamata, serenity, calm abiding, shiney or zhiney (Tib.)) and insight (aka vipashyana, ...

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