This is the classic introduction to Vipassana meditation: a full-length study of the teaching of S. N. Goenka, prepared under his guidance and with his approval. Useful for meditators and non-meditators alike.This was the first book to appear in English that accurately describes the practice of Vipassana at length for the general reader. It includes stories by Goenkaji as well as answers to students' questions that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.
Samatha-Vipassana Meditation in Accordance with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to Reach Lord Buddha Dhammakayas and Nibbana
The Most Profound Teachings of Luang Phor Wat Paknam Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni (Luang Phor Sodh) Presented and Explained by Phra Thepyanmongkol Phra Thepyanmongkol has been my student since 1973. At that time, he was a layman, named Mr. Sermchai Polpatthanarithi. I taught him samatha-vipassanā meditation based on Lord Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness to Dhammakāya and Nibbāna and the transcendental knowledge or vijjā of seed-element or dhatudhamma purifi cation, also called āsavakkhayaāa, which I had learned from and practiced with Luang Phor Sodh until he passed away. Then, I assigned Mr. Sermchai and Phra Khru Kaisornvilard (Natthanan Kulsiri) to collect the teachings of Luang Phor Sodh in order to publish them as a book. These teachings had been recorded by Phra Khru Vinaitorn Jou (Pali Grade 5) since 1938. Later, the Dhamma Practice for People Project of Wat Paknam Basijareaon was initiated for propagating Dhammakaya Meditation. On August 16th 1977, its committee published 500 copies of the fi rst book named, “Tactics and Strategy of Advanced Dhātudhamma Purifi cation (āsavakkhayaāa)” for distribution to those who reached advanced Dhammakāya Meditation. In 1985, 1200 copies of the second book were published. This was followed in 1993 by the third book, as well as 2,000 copies of the special edition incorporating volumes 1, 2 and 3. These were all for distribution to those who reached advanced Dhammakāya Meditation. The special edition was entitled “Vijjā Magga-phala Bisadarn 1-2-3” [Detailed Transcendental Path and Fruit Knowledge 1-2-3]. In addition, on October 10th 1984, 1200 copies of 63 Dhamma Talks by Luang Phor Sodh transcribed by Phra Pipatdhammagani (Umnat Upagutto) were published and distributed by the Dhamma Practice for People Project of Wat Paknam Basijareaon and the Dhammakāya Foundation for the 100th anniversary of Luang Phor Sodh’s decease. This book was entitled, “Biography, Work and 63 Dhamma Talks of Luang Phor Watpaknam (Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni).” FOREWORD IX Now, Phra Thepyanmongkol, Abbot of Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram and the President of the National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand, has collected and explained the teaching of Luang Phor Sodh in accordance with Four Foundations of Mindfulness to Dhammakāya and Nibbāna. The goal of this arduous effort is to substantiate that Dhammakāya Meditation as taught by Luang Phor Sodh is the Right Teaching of Lord Buddha based on evidence from the Pali Canon and to help Buddhists to understand this profound teaching better. Once, Luang Phor Sodh said to Somdej Pa or former Phra Sangharaja Pun Punnasiri, who was his nephew, “You will see that in the future, all people across the country will practice the way Wat Paknam is teaching.” Phra Thepyanmongkol deserves profound praise and gratitude for all his hard work in so many facets. I would like to congratulate Phra Thepyanmongkol and his team for their stupendous effort in completing this book, “Samatha- Vipassanā meditation in Accordance with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to Reach Lord Buddha’s Dhammakāyas and Nibbāna,” as well as all the fi nancial supporters who have made this book possible. The book will be of immeasurable benefi t to those studying the Right Practice of Lord Buddha. Finally, I call upon the Triple Gem to bless you all to prosper in Lord Buddha’s Dhamma and in your life and work. May you all live happily and healthfully and attain your noble wishes. (Phra Rajbrahmathera - Veera Ganuttamo) Vice Abbot and Head of Meditation Masters, Wat Paknam Basijareaon
This is Swedish translation of the classic introduction to Vipassana meditation: a full-length study of the teaching of S. N. Goenka, prepared under his guidance and with his approval. Useful for meditators and non-meditators alike. This was the first book to appear in English that accurately describes the practice of Vipassana at length for the general reader. It includes stories by Goenkaji as well as answers to students' questions that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.
Vipassan -meditation (or practice) has become popular in South East Asia and the West. However, these practices aiming at reaching insight are taught in many varieties. The focus of this book is on the doctrinal sources of a number of vipassan -practices. Part one considers a number of methods by modern teachers and scholar-monks about vipassan -meditation, and compares these with the canonical Pali discourses they refer to.In Part two the author analyses which principles related to insight and practices to develop insight have been widely accepted in the Pali discourses. Futhermore, a comparison with some discourses available in English from Chinese versions is offered. This study is written for those who have a practical or theoretical interest in meditation techniques such as mindfulness and vipassan . In particular participants in retreats, who note that many different methods are taught, will find this a useful book."
We have lived in an era during which the spirituality intrinsic to science has become obvious. The universe is not random. It contains patterns and paths. This is called the information-state of the universe, and it organizes the materials and energies that form our bodies and minds. We are each microcosms; downloaded into our small selves are a vast array of directives and limits, the laws of science, that govern stars as well as our hearts and minds. We can gain access to some of the wisdom of this universal, lawful reality through meditation. As we observe our body sensations with equanimity, we come in contact with basic laws of physics, like entropy, or the decay of aggregates over time, and we also encounter basic laws of psychology, like the fact that social love, Mettā, leaves us happier than anger or fear. We may become self-balanced to face contingencies. It is science, not mysticism or religion, that reveals the value of Vipassana as a vestibule to ultimate realities, and highlights it as a practical guide to the psychology of well-lived lives. We are each unique snowflakes, patterns and lace, melting in the cosmic storm. We arise and pass inside a universe, a web, a Dhamma. We become aware of the scriptures that are inscribed inside us and that guide our wellbeing.
Based on the most popular meditation techniques taught across Thailand.