A man meditating
A Man Meditating

Vispassana meditation or “Insight” meditation is more then 2,000 years old and originally taught as a universal remedy for universal ills. Vispassana meditation is modeled from Theravada Buddhism and follows the teachings of Satipatthana Sutta.

What is the goal of Vipassana Meditation?

The goal of Vipassana Meditation is to rid the mind of all mental impurities and reach the highest level of liberation. As

How do you do Vispassana Meditation

In Vispassana you free the mind through self-observation (this meditation technique is a precursor to mindful meditation). Here is a basic Vispassana meditation guide:

– Sit in a very quite area

-With your legs cross try to sit straight and try not to arch the back too much to avoid pain

-Try to Relax and stay at ease while meditating

-Once the body has settled, try to focus on an object. (According to Gunaratana, breathing should be the main object of focus). As stated ” A useful object of meditation should be one that promotes mindfulness. It should be portable, easily available, and cheap. It should also be something that will not embroil us in those states of mind from which we are trying to free ourselves, such as greed, anger, and delusion.”

-While meditating observe and explore your awareness. Let the mind take its own path and when it wanders return to the path of your breath.

What is the Difference Between Vipassana and Zen Meditation

Zen teaches sudden enlightenment. One meditates for years until one finally “gets it.”

On the other hand, Vispassana teaches “gradual enlightenment.” One is shown to focus on a single object or awareness with non judgement (very similar to mindfull meditation.) Through gradual practice the mind will clear itself of obstructions untill all fetters are broken.