What is Vipassana Meditation Technique?
Vipassana is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills.
The Vipassana meditation technique is one traditional way to present the main Buddhist meditation methods is two-fold: mindfulness on the one hand and awareness or insight meditation on the other.
The word Vipassana means seeing things as they are. It is the process of self- purification. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness, one proceeds to follow the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering, and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of purification.
The entire path (Dhamma) is a remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be freely practiced by everyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.
What is not Vipassana ?:-
•It is not a ritual based on blind faith.
•It is neither an intellectual nor a philosophical entertainment.
•It is not a rest cure, a holiday, or an opportunity for socializing.
•It is not an escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
What is Vipassana?
•It is a technique that will eradicate suffering.
•It is a method of mental purification which allows one to face life's tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way.
•It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society.
Benefits of Vipassana Meditation Technique:-
•Lowers stress and anger while maintaining emotional balance
•Enhances the immune system
•Reduces blood pressure
•Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Types of Vipassana Meditations Techniques:-
Lord Buddha instructed his followers to sit in solitude and practice four types of mindful meditation to develop self-knowledge.
These four types are as follows:-
•Kayanupassana (continuous mindfulness of the body),
•Vedananupassana (continuous mindfulness of feelings),
•Cittanupassana (continuous observation of the mind),
•Dhammanupassana (continuous mindfulness of mental processes).
Vipassana meditation technique is a process of self-observation of the mind. The state you are aiming for is one in which you are aware of everything that is happening in your perceptual universe, exactly the way it happens, exactly when it is happening; total, unbroken awareness in present time.