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Vipassana / Buddha Meditation Insights part 1 - Introduction

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The Technique - from https://www.dhamma.org

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.

This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.

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.

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Enlightenment today is seen as more of a myth than an achievable reality. There are no known or publicized cases of full enlightenment in our day and thus skepticism that it is actually achievable is expected. Enlightenment is achieved over many years of continually purifying the mind until one sees the ultimate truth that we are in fact not really just an object of skin, muscle and bone but a unified mind only separated by differing opinions created by our perception which is in turn created by false beliefs.

These false beliefs have been accumulated over many years and life times by what we perceive to be reality. Our perception is solely dependent upon our senses which are constantly and subconsciously making judgments of every sight, sound, feeling, etc. These judgments are stored into our mind and then triggered when that sound is heard again or that smell is smelt again or something is seen again, etc. This does not make it reality, it's only perception.

This perception can be corrected by this meditation through diligent observation of one's bodily sensations. One sees the effect rejection has on sensations and how those sensations in turn negatively effect the mind. So we try accepting sensations and we notice a reduction in emotional severity and time period so one realizes that emotions can be altered by mind.

Another important realization is that every emotion/sensation has a beginning and an end, so one learns that it is fruitless to attach oneself to something that they will inevitably lose and that their inevitable reaction to loss is misery. One will see this phenomena occur over and over again and through use of this meditation their attachment will weaken over time as will their misery and suffering.

But remember, no pain no gain. Everything worthwhile achieving requires hard work and dedication and I'm willing to bet that peace of mind and happiness is on top of most people's priority list, good luck and may you all find true peace and true happiness....

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