What is Vipassana

What is Vipassana

The entire practice is a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind.

Vipassana, which means " to see reality as it really is ",  is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.

Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

An introduction practise session which anyone can do before coming to the course can be found here

About the Teacher

More about SN Goenka

A scientific perspective

Vipassana through the lens of modern science

Relevance in Society

How does Vipassana relate to the modern society

The Tradition

This dedicated lineage maintained the technique in its pristine purity