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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

Goenka tradition seems to be most close to meditation instruction sourced directly from the Suttas. A course is divided into parts: Anapana - cultivation of Samadhis (1/3 of the length of the course)...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Daniel Ingram writes a lot about the 'dark night' and working through it. In an interview (Buddhist Geeks I think - sorry no exact reference) he said that dark night will be encountered by Intense ...
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

Anything we strive to attain in life takes practice. Mastery signifies being able to perform not only in ideal circumstances, but amidst the chaos of everyday life. Ironically, one can become attached ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

The "dark night" stages are absolutely necessary to get to the point that thoughts, emotions and feelings does not disturb your peace of mind. Suffering is inevitable to have to reach the stages where ...
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Are there any sutta references to the way S.N. Goenkaji teaches Vipassana?

There are no suttas that describe the specific technique of Goenka. However, a natural 'scanning' of the body (including awareness and dissolution of sankharas) will occur when Anapanasati or ...
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Is there an established monastic order, with the beleifs and practices same as the Goenka school of meditation?

(a) 'An established monastic order' - This the Goenka school is not. There is no Goenka School. Generally this is referred as the linage of Saya Gyi U Ba Khin and Ledi Sayadaw U Ñanadhaja. Also it is ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

All these episodes are you past Karma or Fabrications in many cases. Sometimes meditation might coincide with the time they were supposed to manifest themselves. With 100k+ or more people doing a ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I would suggest that you trust yourself to make that decision for each individual you are contemplating the recommendation. You have personally taken the course so you have firsthand knowledge of its ...
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Sankhara on a wave, a wood, and a rock?

That sounds like the simile in AN 3.130 below. This describes three types of individuals and their anger. Anger is a sankhara (volition, mental formation). "Monks, there are these three types of ...
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How is rebirth to be understood?

Buddhadhasa text saying there is no rebirth in Buddhism The Buddhadasa text states 'birth' is the mental birth of the 'self' or 'I' thought and that there is no 'rebirth' because each time the ...
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Body scanning feels a little stressful

I can't speak for the method taught by S. N. Goenka but practise must always be balanced. It is not skilful to suppress or push down the mind (into the body) in such as way that suppresses or traps ...
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Body scanning feels a little stressful

I can't speak for the method taught by S. N. Goenka, I only know the part by part sweeping method (link to a detailed talk by Ayya Khema about the benefits of it), but I guess you do the same thing. ...
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Should I practice Anapana after 10 day Vipassana course?

Anapana in the context of the one hour sessions should be practiced if your mind not not calm, i.e., : Lot of distracting thoughts You are emotional Hindrances have come up etc. It is always good to ...
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Ledi Sayadaw's "Anatta Dipani" in English? (And Ledi/Saya Thet relationship)

Bhikkhu Pesala kindly agreed to share with us a draft of an English translation of Anatta Dipani. The final version may later be published in his Web site, together with other translations of Ledi ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I have recently participated in a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassna course, which had incredible positive results... My life has improved significantly in each and every aspect, and I was even able to ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I don't think they are safe for anyone. It's a very ascetic style of retreat and in my opinion not healthy for body or mind. I know someone who was dragged from the room kicking and screaming. Its not ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I can see that you are feeling a bit evangelical after the Goenka Retreat, and you have a great desire to tell others about it. What you are trying to give is a “Dhamma Dana” is Pali for “The Gift of ...
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Considering other traditions than Goenka Vipassana for better Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Mindfullness

I still haven't achieved a quiet mind or a fully absorbed mind. I am wondering if I should pursue a tradition that doesn't dismiss the dhyanas the way that Goenka Vipassana does.... different ...
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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

Very simple answer. Mayahana is not Buddhism, it is a branch / sect of buddhism. Similarly Theravada is also a branch / sect of Buddhism. Buddithing is far from sectarianism. Buddhism teaches a ...
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Did Ledi Sayadaw teach that Vipassanā should be practised by observing bodily sensations with equanimity?

In this passage Ledi Sayadaw adheres very closely to the Sutta + observes the body etc. etc. = to come to the realization of impermanence. If there is another passage Goenka is referring to, it must ...
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Is there a objective book on how vipassana of U. Mahasi and S.N. Goenka works?

Since most books are subjective, I doubt there can be found an objective book on how vipassana of U. Mahasi and S.N. Goenka works. These methods are merely constructed out of theories. For example, ...
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

It's not a waste of time. The Buddha, prior to his enlightenment, recalled entering and abiding in the first jhana as a little boy in his father's garden, under a rose-apple tree. The memory of that, ...
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

Summarised in a phrase of this generation - "If you don't use it you lose it." In terms of this situation, 10 days of intense meditation will be beneficial for setting up a foundation for ...
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Did Ledi Sayadaw teach that Vipassanā should be practised by observing bodily sensations with equanimity?

I think you could find Goenka’s instruction in the Anapana Dipani from Ledi Sayadaw. The Anapana Dipani is based on the Anapana Sutta, which is divided into four tetrads. The first three deal with ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Meditation is much like a bullet train. Meditation is extraordinarily efficient at what it does. Going on retreat, one often ends up at new and unfamiliar destinations. These can be quite unsettling ...
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Considering other traditions than Goenka Vipassana for better Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Mindfullness

OP: I am wondering if I should pursue a tradition that doesn't dismiss the dhyanas the way that Goenka Vipassana does? Buddhist training has 3 elements: morality mastery over the mind wisdom Right ...
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Considering other traditions than Goenka Vipassana for better Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Mindfullness

Sometimes a healthy dose of doubt is ok, as it prods us to check and verify if we're doing something correctly or following blindly. Insight Meditation (Vipassana) is taught in several traditions, ...
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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

I read the book of The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation by S.N. Goenka something like 15 years ago. My memory may be wrong. The man who advised me this book, told me that it was the teaching of a ...
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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

The Goenka method seems to not be the same method as taught by the Buddha: The method of the Buddha is based in 'letting go' (vossagga), as stated at the end of the Anapanasati Sutta, which states ...
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U ba Khin / Goenka Vipassana putting stress only on vednanupassana

You are quite right: Guenka following U Ba Khin claims that the Sathipattana Sutra says all the other 3 items are mapped into body sensations and this is evidently untrue. It is amazing how only very ...
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