Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:The way I like to put it is that its like the difference between a two-wheel-drive vehicle and a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Goenka's method, (U Ba Khin's method) lays more emphasis on mindfulness of respiration (which is mindfulness of the body), and mindfulness of feelings, than it does on the other two foundations of mindfulness. From my recollection (I undertook numerous 10-day retreats before my ordination in 1979), there is little mention of mindfulness of consciousness (cittānupassanā satipaṭṭhāna) and mental objects (dhammānupassanā satipaṭṭhāna).
The biggest fault with the U Ba Khin method is the lack of any systematic walking practice. There is too much emphasis on sitting.
The result is a tendency to sloth and torpor, a higher likelihood of "special experiences" that may mislead the unwary meditator (see The Ten Corruptions of Insight, and an over-sensitivity to suffering.
"Vipassana meditation" is really just shorthand for meditation that cultivates vipassana/insight.The Buddha's method is what we should all practice. Strictly speaking it is not vipassanā meditation but mindfulness meditation. If we establish both mindfulness and concentration, insight will arise — otherwise it won't whatever we call our meditation practice or technique.
LonesomeYogurt wrote:I have always been unclear about the exact differences between Mahāsi Sayādaw's methods for meditation and Goekna's, but they seem to be separate camps with supporters on both sides. Could someone help illuminate the distinction between the two methods, and perhaps give some advice on which approach they prefer?
Thanks so much!
LonesomeYogurt wrote:So Samatha is pure meditation on the breath in order to build concentration, while Vipassana is a more investigative focus on bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, and mental states?
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