- The technique of Gautama Buddha
Vipassana is the
technique of lord Gautama Buddha . The path of Buddha is considered
as Golden Mean because he teaches that there in no need to go to any extreme - neither in indulgence nor in abstinence. His path is a
Golden path, which does not demand affiliation to any idea, belief or
dogma. Even after the lapse of more than 2500 years since he walked on
this earth, there is no decline in his teaching or in the relevance of
his miraculous and amazingly simple meditation technique
'Vipassana'. In fact this meditation technique is often considered
as the technique of the future because of its extremely simple yet very
powerful method. For the busy and extremely complicated life of 21st
century, Vipassana is the kind of friendly meditation which can be done
by anybody, anywhere and at any time.
and why of Vipassana
means 'to come and
see'. To be more precise -
to come inward and
is the way of the Buddha. He do not give sermons on reality. He only
says ' "come and see - 'Eehee Pissico'. Just come inward and
see for yourself the reality.
single sentence :What is Vipassana ?
your breath with awareness. "
all ! It is just simple . To be watchful of your breath as it comes and
go. It is Vipassana. The easiest meditation technique of all
is the most of important life process of our body. Nobody can exist
without breath even for a single moment. In fact breathing is so
important that nature has made it automatic in all living being. Nobody
has to remember to breath. Just like internal vital process of our body
like pumping of heart, circulation of blood, digestion of food etc, the
breathing also happens on its own. Numerous meditation techniques are centered
around breath. Almost all spiritual schools has developed a majority of
their meditation techniques around breath. The reason for such
infatuation with breathing is that it (breathing) is not merely a
process of inhaling oxygen and exhaling Carbon Dioxide. Breathing, in
reality, is a bridge between our body and our self.
the moment we come into this world - till the moment we die, we continue taking breath. Breathing is a link between our soul and our
body. So when one meditates on breathing, invariably, he gets connected
with his self. As already described
is meditation' (that all meditation techniques are the methods through which our true
self is revealed to us), when you mediate in Vipassana , you
will realize your real identity - Self.
Vipassana you have to be just aware of your breath. A simple rule is
that no matter what you do, no matter in whichever action you indulged in
- just be aware of your breathing process. Be watchful of breath as it comes
inside your body and goes outside. Don't try to control your
breath. Vipassana is not 'Pranayam ( the yogic exercise in which
one control various movements of breath). If your breath is deep let it
be, if it is shallow let it be. Just let your breathing in its natural rhythm.
this by this analogy: Just imagine that a river is flowing. Now the flow
of the river may be fast or slow. What you have to do is to sit on its
bank Just watch the river as it flows. Don't try to create ripples in
it. Don't do anything that affects its flow. Just be a watcher.
This river is your breath. The breathing process is going on. Just
be a watcher of this process. Slowly slowly as you watch your
breathing, your mind will start calming own. You will see that all
thoughts are disappearing on their own. Eventually as you keep practicing,
such moment will start coming when you see that everything
has come to a standstill. There will be no thoughts, there will be no
emotions. However, there will be full awareness. The state of choiceless
awareness. In this state you will know the real you.
important things about Vipassana:
this extremely easy meditation can be done anytime, anywhere, initially it is strongly advised that you allocate some
fixed time for it on
daily basis. Choose a separate room and sit in a comfortable position.
Them meditate by watching your breathing.
The real success will come when you can be aware of your breath while
doing all kind of daily activities like reading, playing, driving,
swimming, or doing any domestic task. However this stage will come after
a regular practice for a considerable amount of time. At that
point there will be two aspects of your existence - doing and being. You
will be doing everything, fully involved in your tasks, yet inside there
will be a center of awareness in you undisturbed by outer circumstances.
That will be the true state of a meditator - the one who will be creative
outside and meditative inside.
Here is a basic
instruction of Vipassana meditation taken from a talk by Thanissaro
Bhikkhu. I hope this instruction will help you greatly in learning
A step by
step explanation of
there are three more ways of doing Vipassana easily :
Three methods of Vipassana
Best book on Vipassana Meditation
also like to read
small life story of Shakyamuni Buddha