I do not understand the joining together of the word "vipassana" and the word
Vipassana, as the word is used in the context of Insight Meditation (it has two other meanings)
is a meditation teaching and practice which is laid out in fine detail in the Tipikata (Pali Canon), as
taught by Siddhattha Gotama (Pali) Buddha. Of course, Mindfulness, as a daily activity outside Meditation
practice, is treated extensively in Buddha's teachings and are also laid out extensively in the Tipikata (Pali Canon), as first
taught by Siddhattha Gotama (Pali) Buddha. These extensive teachings can be read in English, as translated
from what is now call the "Pali Language."
See this site: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/index.html
As you can read on that page: The Tipitaka (Pali ti, "three," + pitaka, "baskets"), or Pali canon, is the collection of
primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The Tipitaka and the
paracanonical Pali texts (commentaries, chronicles, etc.) together constitute the complete body of classical Theravada texts.
Theravada Buddhism and Vipassana go hand and hand. There are other schools of Buddhism engaged in different
meditative practices, e.g., zazen, samatha, etc. If you go online and try to nail down the various forms, variations,
and type of Buddhsit meditation pratices, it is easy to get lost, as there are various types of Buddhist schools.
Tibetan Buddhism has four types of schools and there are variations.
So, back to Vippassna, Theravada, and the Movement.
The Western Modern Secular Movement?
In 1975, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and others, after having studied and
practiced abroad and here, met up in some fashion and formed the non-profit "Insight Meditation Society,"
and in 1976 purchased real property and opened a retreat in Barre, Massachusetts.
It appears to me that their object was to bring Mindfulness Meditation, Insight Meditation/Vipassna
to the US in a secular manner, so as to avoid the religious connotations, and thus avoid the "religious" Buddhist
teachings and such aspects that would alienate a large portion of the population who would thus be deprived
of the benefits of what appears to be, if one would stop at the beginners stage, "mindfulness meditation lite."
See Kornfield's book:http://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Beginn ... +beginners
You can read parts of the book by placing the title in the search box here: http://books.google.com/bkshp?hl=en&tab=pp
Of course, this makes sense. As time passes, and the population grows, culture changes, demographics allow for greater acceptance,
the canonical enters the teachings. See this very good beginners insight work book by Goldstein and Salzberg:http://www.amazon.com/Insight-Meditatio ... n+salzberg
Gil Fronsdal is a Soto Zen Priest, was a Theravadan monk in Burma, was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield,
has a Ph.D., in Buddhist studies from Standford, and has practiced Soto Zen and Vipassana since 1975. See his wikipedia site.
Gil and Andrea Fella are great teachers and their dharmma talks and meditation teachings are excellent and free online,
and fill in the cracks of this movement question. Just another place, teaching vipassana as they were trained, educated,
there are numerous other teachers there that can be accessed by hitting the drop down button
at the top left "select teacher."
Goenka, Mahasi Sayadaw, U Pandita, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Bhikkhu Bodhi and many others have varied CVs, backgrounds,
and views and trainings.
There is an un-adopted non-formulated movement, but NOT in vipassana per se.
It is a WESTERN MODERN THERAVADAN movement (and most people have little idea they
are part of it) whereby - FOR THE MASSES - small parts of Theravadan/Pali Canonical teachings,
including OR Not including mindfulness, vipassana, insight, mindfulness meditation, mindfulness
meditation lite, (or even variations on all of it which western studio owners create), and the
creation of this WESTERN MOVEMENT is in its infancy, and its formulation, quasi establishment, and recognition are far
Masses, little idea? I have spoken to people who have been practicing what they believe is insight meditation
and had no idea that it was a component of Buddhist practice, never heard the word Thervadan, and had no
ides from whence arose the five hindrances they were taught to deal with during meditation.
I met a gentleman this past month, who had been meditating for less than a month, who was seriously considering
going on a 10 day Vipassana retreat in Jesup, Georgia. This sounded quite unusual as a teaching technique.
I wonder if this is part of the movement.
If there is a movement, or movements, and one were to use the various ingredients of my post and the three
posted, it is emblematic of the arrival of something quite special from which those who
make great skilled effort to study, learn, practice, read/read/read and study, learn and practice, practice,
practice, can benefit greatly. In there lies a spectacular movement.