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Mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness means dwelling deeply in the present moment, aware of what is going on within and all around. Since 1983, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has been teaching the art of mindful living around the world. He has inspired many thousands of people to practice mindfulness: refreshing themselves, reducing stress, deepening their understanding, and helping them find real peace and happiness in their lives.

Here you will find how vipassana can be applied to many practical issues-- and how it relates to other meditation practices such as Christian contemplation. Removed from its cultural and doctrinal trappings, vipassana meditation (usually under the name mindfulness) is finding clinical application in the fields of pain management, stress management, compulsions and as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
Access to Insight

Readings in Theravada Buddhism

IMS: The Insight Meditation Society was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit organization to provide a place for the intensive practice of insight meditation. IMS operates a retreat center set on 80 wooded acres in the quiet country of central Massachusetts. It provides a secluded environment for intensive meditation practice. Complete silence is maintained during retreats at all times except during teacher interviews.

BCBS: The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies is dedicated to bringing together teachers, students, scholars and practitioners who are committed to exploring Buddhist thought and practice as a living tradition, faithful to its origins and lineage, yet adaptable and alive in each new time and place. The center's purpose is to provide a bridge between study and practice, between scholarly understanding and meditative insight. It encourages active engagement with the tradition in a spirit of genuine inquiry and investigation.

 Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka This is the home page of the organizations which offer courses in Vipassana Meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. [Article by U Ba Khin]

"Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living. . . The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit."
The teachings at Spirit Rock are based on the classical teachings of the Buddha, who stressed the central role of mindfulness and awareness in developing a life of wisdom and compassion. This practice of mindful attention, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. A collective of more than fifteen teachers provides the spiritual guidance for the Center and leads the classes and retreats, which are available to both beginning and experienced students.

  Our endeavor is to add to the depth and scope of awareness meditation practice, so that it may always be vital and fresh, encompassing the fullest range of human meditation experience. Here you will find articles written by Southern California vipassana teachers and other meditators which we believe will help you look into your meditation experiences to cultivate clarity, wisdom, and the skillful means needed to pursue your own path. We hope that by reading the experiences of others, you can begin to notice and understand occurrences in your sittings which previously may have been a source of confusion, doubt, or disillusionment.
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There is now enough fascinating Buddhist material on the Internet to provide several lifetimes of study. The rate at which electronic publication is burgeoning has to be witnessed to be believed.

Faced with such proliferation, many people welcome the help of resource guides which give some description of the sites listed. People interested in Vipassana meditation will do well to click on Access to Insight and explore the treasury of information presented there. Readers who want to study the teachings in depth will find a growing collection of translations of the most frequently read suttas in the Pali Canon, together with articles and entire electronic books.

Sadhu! The Theravada Buddhism Web Directory, is an extensive Yahoo!-like searchable web directory of Theravada Buddhism. This is a good place to start if you are looking for web sites related to the original teachings of the Buddha.

DharmaNet International serves as a central information clearinghouse for Buddhist resources, both online and offline, throughout the world, across all Buddhist traditions. It is a pioneer Internet Buddhist resource, begun in 1991.

Web Rings of selected sites related by topic are now forming. The Theravada Buddhism Webring is a new and growing resource.

[See also the more general Dharma Ring.]



Access to Insight



DharmaNet's USA Guide to
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