"We have lost the ability to simply see Reality as it is"
Vipassana is a meditation technique allowing one to Realize the reality of their whole being through Inner Observation.
This was a self-transformative technique created and taught by Gautama Buddah and it is not affiliated with any religion. Gautama never intended to start a religion , so pure techniques like this was preserved and passed down orally from generation to generation.
The meditation technique has recently been “re-surfaced” on a widescale with the help of S. N. Goenka .
To learn the meditation technique will require one to take a 10 day course. Each day involves around 10 hours of meditation with video discourses at the end of the day with Goenka ‘s own interpretation on what Vipassana is about.
This article will look at Vipassana and the ways in which it can help one to transform and release their Sufferings.
More information about Vipassana can be found on the course section below
Vipassana In Depth
This article looks into the effectiveness of the technique in relation to transforming one's sufferings.
Please take into consideration that the following article is based on personal opinions of the technique. To truly Know the effectiveness of the technique one must develop Experienced Knowledge by applying for a course in the course section below.
The Vipassana technique created by Buddah is a pure and perfect technique.
It can be used to not only develop the Complete Knowing of The Self, but also it can be used to Transform all forms of Sufferings.
Any problems which come with Vipassana thus is not in the technique itself but rather the confusions that arise from the teaching and learning from it.
The teaching is still been taught in a very traditional way where the students are thrown into the sea to learn how to swim. Such method of teaching can be frightening, especially to the students who have never swam before. So taking a course such as this which requires 10 hours of meditation a day can be a bit intense for those who have not done any spiritual practices before.
The more one is grounded, the easier one will benefit from the 10 days course. So it's important to practice grounding oneself before taking a course such as this, as most of the wisdom is gained from observing oneself. Otherwise one will react too much in the sittings and learn very little, which is what usually happens, and some people generally end up deciding that the practice is not for them which can be unfortunate. So it is a good idea to practice a few years of grounding practices such as Ashtanga yoga before coming to a course like this. Or incorporate meditation into one's life so at least one has a fair idea of how the mind works from experience.
Personally I believe Vipassana is a powerful and life-transforming practice. I have done about 4 Vipassana sittings and each time I have come out more enlightened than before.
Even if one doubts the potential for Vipassana to liberate one from their sufferings, the practice of Vipassana will offer realistic benefit to one's life. One will become a master of being aware of their inner world, and learning how not to react and think all the time, it will help one to be more energetic and alive and more focused and productive throughout the day, and allow one not to be overpowered by the negativities in which they face in life. The benefits of the having mastery over your mind is plenty.
In this section we look at some important aspects of Vipassana which are not clearly covered in the course.
1. Intention To Just Observe
To the mind, the practice can seem boring, especially when one has to repeat the practice 10 hours a day. So it is natural for the mind to want to escape reality and experience something extraordinary.
It's important to overcome this desire of the mind, because when we have the attachment to wanting to experience the extraordinary then this will go against the whole practice of simply observing reality as it is.
So before each sitting, one can get into the right state of mind by declaring to oneself "I'm here just to observe, not to experience pleasure or aversion, whatever comes will come. This will help one to maintain one's equanimity throughout the practice by clarifying why one is practising the meditation. It is by maintaining peace and harmony with all the pain and pleasure we experience in the meditation practice that we can face life the same way.
2. High Energy
To get the most out of Vipassana will require a person to have a high level of energy. This is because the practice requires one to be awake and focused on what is happening in every moment. If you are only half focused or half asleep then you will only reap half of the benefits. So it's a good idea to eat well (vegetarian) and to not exercise too much, to sleep well, to have plenty of rest in the 10 days course.
3. Completing The Practice With Life
The primary goal of Vipassana is not just about overcoming one’s Negativities within the practice, but it is about overcoming one’s Negativities after the practice and in every moment of our waking or sleeping life.
Thus one needs to be aware that life is the bigger practice. Unfortunately the life portion of the practice is not well covered in the course so the students will have to develop their own wisdom in this area.
4. Transforming The Sufferings
What is not taught in Vipassana is that to truly release ourselves from our Sufferings will require us to address the Seed Cause of our Sufferings. Most students think that if they simply meditate through their life then one will be liberated from their Sufferings because somehow the "Sankartas" will evaporate.
Through the practice one can surely become masters at controlling their negative reactions, but without developing the wisdom to transform the seed it will simply turn into a game of stopping the reactions whenever they come.
Wisdom is needed to transform the seed, and the state of equanimity produced from Vipassana is a great state of mind to nurture such wisdom. What kind of Wisdom? It will always be about Self-Acceptance. Naturally it will come with time, but by understanding what kind of wisdom to grow within the mind, one will progress much faster towards enlightenment and liberation from suffering.
Path Of Creator
Vipassana In Relation To The Path Of Creator
It is important to realize that there are people who have become liberated from their Sufferings not from spiritual practices, but from simply going through life experienes. For example, there are people who are able to let go off their addictions, their greed. There are people who have overcome their anger issues or fear through life experiences. So Spiritual practices are not necessary, but they are catalysts that one can use to speed up the progress much much faster.
Let us look at the difference between Vipassana and the Path Of Creator
Difference between the Path Of Creator and Vipassana
The Universal Nature of the Mind is as such. When you experience any states of Self-Rejection, then you will experience suffering. To liberate one from their sufferings, then it is necessary to transform Self-Rejection towards Self-Acceptance.
In vipassana, maintaining the state of equanimity towards pain and pleasure is essentially the same as developing Self-Acceptance. Because in that state, the Self is in Acceptance of what is happening in that moment, letting it come and letting it go rather than reacting to it.
It is important for the students to see that in fact they are developing Self-Acceptance in the practice so that they can learn the importance of developing Self-Acceptance in life, towards oneself and towards others. When one only sees the practice as being about maintaining equanimity, then it can be hard for one to understand the purpose of the practice and how it fits into the context of "life."
The Path Of Creator and Vipassana is essentially the same. The difference that instead of describing suffering experiences religiously as "karma" or "sankartas" here we describe suffering experiences as a state of Self-Rejection. Understanding this will help one to realize the importance of developing Self-Acceptance in the practice and Life.
Goenka teaches the Self-Acceptance part of the Vipassana Technique through the following statement "All will pass." There is an emphasis on the wisdom that everything is changing, so there is no need to dwell in suffering.
On the Path Of Creator, the wisdom is the importance of Accepting everything, even if it doesn't change. This is how you develop full Self-Acceptance, and full liberation from suffering experiences. So there is a slight difference in teaching of the same technique.
Difference between the Creator's Meditation and Vipassana
I wanted to create a meditation practice that can help people to achieve the same Self-Transformative effects as Vipassana. So I created the Creator's Meditation.
Because Vipassana is already a technique that is pure and perfect, the Creator's Meditation uses Vipassana as the basis of the technique without modification to the foundation. The difference however is in the way that it is taught, and the graduating structure of 22 days.
The Creator’s Meditation is a 22 days course with a guided meditation lasting between 30 minutes - 1 hour. At the end lessonthere will also be a short talk about how to apply what one has learnt in life so one can apply their knowledge in life. The actual Vipassana course on the other hand is a 10 day, 10 hour a day course which is quite intensive.
Although 22 days can seem a bit long, but the short practice allows one to step into the water at a safe pace. The 22 days also allows for the missing information from the Vipassana course to be given in droplets so one can absorb the teachings more thoroughly. It is suggested that once the Creator's Meditation is given one can then go apply for a course in Vipassana so one at least have an inkling of what is going on as they meditate 10 hours a day.
However, if one has the courage one should apply for Vipassana straight away because it is rare to have such a great opportunity to spend 10 hours a day with your own mind. And when one is in a Vipassana course, one should do their best to drop all other spiritual practices, including what is said here, and to just listen and go through the experience without expectations. Naturally your own wisdom will guide you through the 10 days.
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The Creator's MeditationLink here
The full course of The Creator's Meditation requires 30-60 minutes of practice each day for 22 days. This will allow you to learn the fundamentals of the mind. This will also help those who wish to reap the most benefit out of the Vipassana course. However the recommendation here is that if one has the time, to simply apply for the Vipassana course first to develop experienced knowledge of the practice without judgement or any expectations then come back to the Creator's Meditation to fill in any gaps if one desires.
Courses On Vipassana
"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."
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