"Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation

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"Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation

Post by moonmanhere » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:58 pm

Hi, everyone. I'd love your input with regard to a question I had about Vipassana meditation. What exactly is the "insight" implied by the translation of the term? Some teachers indicate that the "insight" that is gained is an "understanding of the true nature of reality." How does training your mind to be more attuned to your own awareness provide an insight into the nature of reality? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: "Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:22 am

moonmanhere wrote:Hi, everyone. I'd love your input with regard to a question I had about Vipassana meditation. What exactly is the "insight" implied by the translation of the term? Some teachers indicate that the "insight" that is gained is an "understanding of the true nature of reality." How does training your mind to be more attuned to your own awareness provide an insight into the nature of reality? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Fundamentally, from a Buddhist standpoint, the "nature of mind" and "nature of reality" are the same thing....I mean that's shorthand, but that's the gist of it.

If it were just knowing the nature of your mundane sense of "mind" they were referring to...why would you bother?
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Re: "Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation

Post by moonmanhere » Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:24 am

Johnny Dangerous wrote:If it were just knowing the nature of your mundane sense of "mind" they were referring to...why would you bother?
Thanks for your response. Yes, equating "nature of mind" with "nature of reality" certainly seems to expand the usefulness of the practice!

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Post by temma_morssen » Mon May 09, 2016 4:24 pm

Witnessing the mind through Vipassana Meditation with the accent on witnessing, is arguably the most essential spiritual practice out there. It involves consciousness becoming aware of the mind (and in later stages of itself), hence creating a clear and necessary 'space' between the two. After sufficient practice you will quickly realize the distinction between yourself and the mind.

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Post by Vasana » Mon May 09, 2016 8:42 pm

Through calm abiding you discover the empty aspect of mind. Where do thoughts come from,abide,dissolve etx Through insight you discover the clarity aspect of mind,the cognizance.Through further training you recognize their alternating nature and their non duality and practice sustaining that.

Calm abiding subdues afflictions , insight uproots them.

(^ very provisional descriptions, refer to mediation manuals for specifics. )

Thrangu Rinpoches commentaries on various Mahamudra texts are good places to learn about shamatha and Vipasana.
'When alone, watch your mind. When with others, watch your speech'- Old Kadampa saying.

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Post by SeeLion » Tue May 10, 2016 9:07 pm

Where do thoughts come from,abide,dissolve etx Through insight you discover the clarity aspect of mind,the cognizance.Through further training you recognize their alternating nature and their non duality and practice sustaining that.
If that's what you do in calm abiding meditation, that is quite Vipassan-ish.

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Re: "Insight" implied by Vipassana meditation

Post by Vasana » Wed May 11, 2016 5:27 pm

SeeLion wrote:
Where do thoughts come from,abide,dissolve etx Through insight you discover the clarity aspect of mind,the cognizance.Through further training you recognize their alternating nature and their non duality and practice sustaining that.
If that's what you do in calm abiding meditation, that is quite Vipassan-ish.
Read it again.
Through insight you discover the...
'When alone, watch your mind. When with others, watch your speech'- Old Kadampa saying.

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