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 Insight Meditation (vipassana) is a simple and direct practice-the moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process through calm and focused awareness. This practice originates in the Theravada tradition of the teachings of the Buddha. Learning to observe experiences from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life with less fear and clinging. Seeing life as a constantly changing process, one begins to accept pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life with increasing equanimity and balance. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise. Insight meditation is a way of seeing clearly the totality of one's being and experience. Growth in clarity brings about penetrating insight into the true nature of our experience and increases peace in our daily lives. (from IMS)

Insight Meditation (known as vipassana in the Buddhist tradition) is a comprehensive approach to the inner life employing powerful methods and techniques which have been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Beginning with focusing attention on the breath, the meditation concentrates and calms the mind.
As clarity develops, grasping, judgment and fear fall away. In seeing through the mind's conditioning, we can live more fully in the present moment, where we establish qualities such as compassion, equanimity, wisdom, and joy. The ultimate aim of the practice is the ending of suffering in the discovery of an unconditioned and complete freedom. (from Spirit Rock)

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. (from S.N. Goenka)

 

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Vipassana (or Insight meditation) is a systematic method of cultivating mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and Dhamma (the Teaching or mental objects). Vipassana meditation leads to purification of mind, to overcoming grief and sorrow, to overcoming pain and suffering, to treading the path leading to Liberation. -- Bhante Gunaratana

Vipassana emphasizes a calm, centered awareness of mind and body leading to a fresh perspective on oneself, others, and life. With practice, the sources of internal and external conflict, confusion, and psychological and physical suffering are understood, seen through, and transcended. As mental peace is refined, warmth, kindness and compassion towards oneself and all beings naturally arise from these profound realizations uncovered by the practice. Dissatisfaction, anger, fear, restlessness and greed drop away. The sense that there is not enough time, peace, love and harmony begins to evaporate and is replaced by the experience of a purposeful, balanced, and fulfilled life. Bhavana Society

 
Insight meditation, or vipassana, is one of the central meditation teachings of the Buddha. Vipassana has been practiced and passed on within the Theravadan Buddhist tradition for the past 2,500 years. The core of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness, that quality of awareness that sees without judgment. Sitting and walking meditation, the first steps in formal practice, become the foundation and the continuous inspiration for meeting all aspects of life with a greater openness and willingness to learn. As we grow in the practice, it becomes possible to use the challenges of daily life to increase our capacity for mindful living. Cambridge Insight Meditation Center