The website www.vipassana.com offers the following quality resources:
An online meditation course has been
hosted at www.vipassana.com since 1997. The 12-week course provides a clear and
practical introduction to tranquillity and insight practices originating in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism, but
beneficial to all. The course is usually offered in January, April/May and September each year.
All of the documents at
www.vipassana.com take their lead from the Pali Canon,
which is an authoritative record of the historical Buddha's teachings. They are part of a living spiritual
tradition that continues to flourish after two and a half millennia. These documents provide contextual
background for the meditation practice.
The website, www.vipassana.com, is an independent site which promotes a
balanced approach to the practice of meditation. It aims to offer resources to help nurture and sustain a
fulfilling and effective meditation practice.
In addition to presenting the core
texts of early Buddhism, www.vipassana.com
is developing an online library
featuring some of the finest modern writing on meditation.
A newsletter contains details of new
courses and items of interest to those meditating in the vipassana and samatha traditions.
In the Pali language of the early
Buddhist texts, vipassana means insight. It is often used to describe
one of the two main categories of Buddhist meditation (the other being samatha or tranquillity).
What is Theravada
It is the southern form of Buddhism
now found mainly in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. Theravada
Buddhism is the oldest living tradition and its core teachings are based on the word of the Buddha as
found in the earliest texts.
Are the courses only for
Definitely not. Most of the participants are not Buddhist. The courses always have a wide range of people of many
different faiths (and of no faith). While the context in which the particular meditation practices developed is
explained, the aim is to help people to learn to meditate, in a clear and systematic way, to see if it is useful in
their lives - whatever their existing beliefs.
: Adapted from www.vipassana.com
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