The power of meditation is such that it builds concentration while purifying our mind, soul, and body. But do you know a meditation technique named Vipassana has countless benefits?
Vipassana meditation is one of India’s most ancient ways of meditation. It was discovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and taught as a universal remedy for illness. This technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities with the power of meditation.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced by disciplined attention.
- The tradition of Vipassana meditation:
Vipassana has been handed down by a chain of teachers. Mr. S.N. Goenka, one of the earlier known teachers of this technique, was born and raised in Burma. After receiving training from his teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in the year 1969. Since then he has taught thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West and thus the term, Goenka Vipassana.
How to practice Vipassana meditation?
Ideally, one should practice Vipassana in a very peaceful place.
The meditator should sit quietly and peacefully with legs crossed and a straight back. It is very important for one to relax and let the body be at ease while meditating.
It’s natural for the mind to wander off and the best way to deal with it is to return to the physical sensation of breath and time.
There are three steps to the training. The first step is to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, talking falsely, and indulging in intoxicants. This simple code serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to carry out the task of self-observation.
The next step is to develop some control over the mind by learning to fix one’s attention to the flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. The brain is calmer and focused, able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself like observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and learning not to react to them.
You will also learn the meditation of loving-kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.
The entire practice is mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our overall body health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind.
The results of meditation come gradually through constant practice. It is unrealistic to expect all problems to be solved with a 10 day Vipassana meditation. Within that time, however, the fundamentals of Vipassana can be mastered so that it can be applied in daily life. Even a 10 day Vipassana meditation can provide results that are vivid and obviously beneficial in everyday life.