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Ideal Conditions for Practicing Vipassana

Ideal conditions for vipassanaCorrect practice of Vipassana requires a few things namely a suitable place where you won’t be interrupted; loose, comfortable clothing and above all, determination to continue to focus despite the hindrances.

A unique thing about Vipassana meditation is that you don’t necessarily require absolute silence in your room. This is because, as we’ve discussed in the previous posts, external noise can well become your object of focus.

As you know, Vipassana is insight meditation which is based on mindfulness as opposed to concentration. Other meditation techniques, such as one where you’d focus on one object (a candle flame for example), ideally require you to sit in a place of total silence and are based on concentration instead.

In Vipassana, you can make use of external noises such as birds chirping or moving traffic as an object. When you hear a bird outside your window, you can simply make a mental note of “chirping… chirping” and move on to the next thing.

In the beginning, you’ll realize your mind is very unstable and it keeps hopping from one thought to another. That’s OK. Each new distraction becomes an object in Vipassana.

Although you can also practice Vipassana by lying on your bed or walking, sitting during meditation is a good start. Sitting in lotus position, on a chair, or kneeling on a meditation bench all work just fine. If it gets too uncomfortable, use a firm cushion next time you’re sitting on the floor to meditate.

It’s common to face distractions such as itching, pain, sleepiness etc during meditation. The idea is to bring your focus back to your object. I wrote a post about it here.

Last but not the least, you can always set a goal or intention before you start meditation. Each time, say something simple like, “I will practice insight meditation and free myself of the restlessness I felt today at work.” Focus on your intention calmly and start.

Learn more about how to focus in Vipassana Meditation.

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How to Cultivate Buddha-like Equanimity in Vipassana

How to Buddha-like equanimity in VipassanaAs you know by now, Vipassana relies on the principle of Equanimity. According to Wikipedia, equanimity is defined as follows:

Equanimity is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind.

To practice equanimity is to remain in meditation without being affected by the sensations, both mental and physical, going on in your body and mind. Vipassana gives you an opportunity to observe the rising and falling of all sensations. Continue reading

How to Achieve Lasting Happiness with Vipassana Meditation

how to achieve lasting happiness with Vipassana MeditationHappiness can be both short-lived and long-lasting and permanent even. Research has stated that meditation leads to long-lasting happiness.

According to Richardson Davidson from University of Wisconsin, after years of meditation, the prefrontal lobes of Buddhist monks light up even when they were not meditating.

Buddhism says happiness lasts for those who see things as they really are. Vipassana meditation helps with this, as we’ve already seen, because it literally means Vi (through) + Passana (see) — to see through. Continue reading

How to Bring Your Focus Back in Meditation

How to focus in VipassanaNeedless to say, it is pretty hard to focus during meditation. Whether it is insight meditation or concentration-based meditation, focus is a must at all times.

Although Vipassana meditation (or insight meditation) does not require one to focus on one object for a long span of time, it still requires you to focus although not as much as in concentration-based meditation. Continue reading

What Is Vipassana?

What is VipassanaBuddhist Vipassana is a meditation that was introduced by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. The main purpose of Vipassana is to see things as they are.

The word “Vipassana” is made up of two parts — “Vi” which means “through” and “Passana” which means “seeing”. Vipassana therefore means seeing through. Continue reading