What is Vipassana?
The entire practice is 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 is” – is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation.
Vipassana Meditation 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. These physical sensations form the life of the body which 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, one realises 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 practice session which anyone can do before coming to the course can be found here.
Principal Teacher S. N. Goenka explains Vipassana Below: