Vipassana Beginners Questions

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Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby tnkasthuri » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:11 am

Hey Everybody ,

I am hoping to practice Vipassana Meditation as given in the book [Practical Vipassana Exercises by Mahasi Sayadaw]http://www.google.lk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=practical%20vipassana%20exercises%20&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CEwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buddhanet.net%2Fpdf_file%2Fmahasit1.pdf&ei=vWn-T7beKMzirAfgyczTBg&usg=AFQjCNH-dYF5BbaVt1LowuMNc10o3bZj9w&cad=rja

I can't have a teacher because my family doesn't like the idea of me meditating .
So , My questions are :
Is this the best book to follow ?(If not , what do you recommend)
How should i do my sessions ? (For example : 2 x 30min sessions or 1 full hour session per day)

Thank You in Advance,
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May all beings be from Suffering!
May all beings attain Nibbana!

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Re: Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:04 am

Hi tnkasthuri,

You might that some of the articles here:
http://buddhanet.net/insight.htm
Particularly: http://buddhanet.net/imol/wrkshp.htm which can be downloaded as PDF,
will clarify some of the instructions.
Bhikkhu Pesala's web site has many resources: http://www.aimwell.org/
He has updated up a number of translations of Mahasi Sayadaw's books and articles and he can answer questions here.

There are a number of teachers who teach variations on the Mahasi approach.
A very traditional one is here: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/186/
And Patrick Kearney's retreat instructions, which are updated periodically here:
http://dharmasalon.net/Audio/audio.html
are excellent, though I see that at the moment there is only one talk online, which is a little strange.
Steve Armstrong has some useful talks here: http://www.audiodharma.org/series/8/talk/1848/

I'd recommend starting off doing 10-15 minutes walking then 10-15 minutes sitting and work up from there.

:anjali:
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Re: Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby tnkasthuri » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:23 pm

Thank You So Much Mike , for the wonderful information given .
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May all beings be from Suffering!
May all beings attain Nibbana!

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Re: Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby Libertus77 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:02 am

tnkasthuri,

I know that this thread is a few months old, but just in case you are still looking, I recommend "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Bhante G. The entire book focuses on Vipassana and it is very readable and informative.

Here's a link where you get it in multiple formats.

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html

Be well!

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Re: Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby bodom » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:15 am

Also see this thread:

Recommended reading
viewtopic.php?f=41&t=341

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby Ytrog » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:34 pm

While not exclusively about Vipassana (far from it) this link might be of help:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl015.html
The Maha-satipatthana Sutta (a great discourse about mindfulness): http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

I have also added an ebook by Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw called Practical Vippassana Exercises and a small booklet with the basics in brief. I once downloaded them from buddhanet.net.

I hope it helps a bit.
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Re: Vipassana Beginners Questions

Postby theY » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:42 am

paṭisambhidāmagga and visuddhimagga or vimuttimagga.
Lesson Relationship of Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha (10/31/2012)
http://tipitakanews.org/en/node/61
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