What is Vipassana or Insight Meditation? Basics For Beginners.

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Vipassana meditation or insight meditation is the way to see & know thyself. Vipassana is one of the oldest meditation practicing from more than 2500 yrs in India. Buddha enlightens us with the concept of suffering, Buddha discovered that the cause of suffering can actually be eradicated when we see our pure nature.

The word “vipassana” is a Pali word has two parts. “Passana” means seeing, i.e., perceiving. The Sanskrit prefix “vi” has several meanings, one of which is “through.” it is often translated as “insight” or “clear-seeing. Vipassana-insight literally cuts through the curtain of delusion in the mind.

“Vi” can also function as the English prefix “dis,” suggesting perception— a kind of seeing that perceives individual components separately. The idea of separation is relevant here, for insight works like a mental scalpel, differentiating conventional truth from ultimate reality. Lastly, “vi” can function as an intensive, in which case “vipassana” means intense, deep or powerful seeing. It is an immediate insight experienced before one’s eyes, having nothing to do with reasoning or thinking.


This is a radical insight. It means that our happiness does not depend on manipulating the external world. We only have to see ourselves clearly— a much easier proposition (but in the ultimate sense, knowing oneself with clarity reveals there is no permanent self, as the Buddha taught).
Vipassana meditation is a logical method for clarifying the mind of the mental factors that cause distress and pain. This simple technique does not invoke the help of a god, spirit or any
other external power, but relies on our own attempts.

Vipassana is an insight that cuts through traditional perception to perceive mind and matter as they actually are: impermanent, unsatisfactory, and impersonal. Insight meditation gradually purifies the mind, eliminating all forms of attachment. As attachment is cut away, desire and delusion are gradually diluted. The Buddha identified these two factors—
desire and ignorance— as the roots of suffering. When they are finally removed, the mind will touch something permanent beyond the changing world. That “something” is the
deathless, supramundane happiness, called “Nibbana” in Pali.


Insight meditation is concerned with the present moment— with staying in the now to the most extreme degree possible. It consists of observing body (rupa) and mind (nama) with bare attention.

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