Category Archives: Vipassana Meditation

A rebuttal to empty0grace on youtube regarding his views on Acharya Goenka’s teachings

A reader, Paul, has brought to my notice a video in which the speaker offers his critique of what Acharya GoenkaJi teaches. In this, I will attempt a rebuttal to the best of my ability. The video is here Here … Continue reading

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Hindi to English conversion of some terms in Acharya Goenka’s Dhamma Discourses

Here is a great website which acts as a Hindi-English dictionary. Extremely cool software permits you to write the hindi word in English to show the Hindi word in Hindi. Brilliant. Great job guys http://shabdkosh.raftaar.in/ 1. Bahulikaran: Multiplication. Goenkaji uses … Continue reading

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Satipatthana course Diary: Need more emphasis on equanimity

Acharya Goenka likens equanimity and awareness to the wings of a bird. They must both be equally strong for the meditator to progress. One wing is stronger than the other then you are held up by the weaker wing. Until … Continue reading

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Satipatthana course diary: Sensation Visuals

Acharya Goenka stresses very clearly that there must be no visualization in this meditation whether one is observing sensations or breath. for example You are not allowed to visualize air going in or out of your nostrils. You are not … Continue reading

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satipatthana course diary: There’s evil in me mind

Like the real slim shady, evil exists in all of us. It is just buried deep deep down in the psyche. It’s lurking, biding it’s time, waiting for the right moment to surface. For those we call evil, it is … Continue reading

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satipatthana course diary: Adhitthana and pain

The one thing that makes me a little bit uncomfortable about a Vipassana course is the 1-hour adhitthana sitting thrice a day. Adhitthana is a pali word meaning strong determination. The intent for the meditator is to sit a whole … Continue reading

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Satipatthana course Diary: Vipassanacharya Goenka is most probably atleast a Sotapanna

There has been some small murmur about the Status of Acharya Goenka’s attainments in Vipassana meditation. For the uninitiated, here is a small link explaining the various stages of enlightenment as per the Pali Canon.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_stages_of_enlightenment There are some stories/legends … Continue reading

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