Vipassana meditation is one of the meditation techniques taught by the Buddha and means to ‘see with special vision’ or insight meditation. Training in vipassana begins by focusing and calming the mind, which is accomplished by placing the attention on the breath, following its natural movements.
Vipassana retreats are conducted in silence and last anywhere from ten days to three months. Many of the centers, including the Insight Meditation Society offer instruction in other Buddhist practices like, loving kindness or Metta meditation. Sometimes other forms instructions are offered at these centers; include teaching as diverse as Tibetan Lamas, Christian priests or Native American shamans.
With overwhelming enthusiasm, I spent the last couple of weeks learning vipassana meditation at Dharmashring, Budanilkhantha. The literal meaning of ‘Vipassana’ is to see with special vision and is one of the meditation techniques of Siddhartha Gautama …
The meditation benefit and experience of vipassana is a direct and enlightened insight into the impermanent, unsatisfactory, and selfless nature of ordinary existence.