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Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
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tradition and differentiates them from other Theravada resources
available on our site. While the main emphasis in Vipassana meditation
as taught by S.N. Goenka is on actual practice, this product may provide
inspiration and guidance to a Vipassana meditator.
We also carry titles from the Theravada tradition, as we feel that by exploring the wider world of the Theravada texts, which include the Buddha’s discourses, commentaries, and scholarly articles and treatises, meditators have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Dhamma and thereby enrich their meditation practice. This kind of intellectual exploration also helps a meditator to gain an understanding of the evolution and historical context of their meditation tradition. This understanding in turn deepens their practice and understanding of the Dhamma.
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A: Pariyatti is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help disseminate the words of the Buddha.
The generosity of our customers and donors (donations make up ~25% of our revenue) is what has allowed Pariyatti to cover our annual shortfall, and permitted us to continue operations. We strive to continue to find ways to make best use of this hard-earned money, generously donated by so many to Pariyatti. One of these is to explore ways to optimize our operations.
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With the advent of eBooks and the internet, the entire book publishing and distribution industry has faced significant challenges. With these industry changes, and Pariyatti's additional challenges in serving a niche market with low sales volumes, it has been financially difficult to staff our own warehouse and operations. Year after year, the costs of maintaining our own warehouse has far exceeded the income.
By focusing on what we do best (such as make Dhamma content available at low or no cost), and partnering with others who have already built robust printing, packing, and delivery systems, we free up resources that can be redirected towards expanding Pariyatti's offerings for you.
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The reflections presented here are the offspring of the author's own silence and slow time in caves, forest monasteries and countless retreats. Those practicing meditation may find refreshment, joy and a challenge to apply their practice in daily life; others may find an observant and empathetic voice in these lines.
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What are called the five hindrances or the five enemies: craving and aversion, agitation and sloth & torpor, and ever-arising doubts. They arise not only in the purification of meditation, but also in integrating our practice and insights into everyday life. But that is just one side of the coin. The fact that hindrances are arising are symptoms that our efforts are working and purification is happening. If we were relaxed in front of a computer or TV, these symptoms would not arise.
Be aware when these ambivalent paradoxes arise, and with right effort you will progress, Ian reminds us.
When facing these "enemies," as Ian poetically says, "Shaking hands with the devil loosens his grip."
Let's end with a poem taken from the back cover of the book:
Firstly everything is dissatisfactory.
If you think poverty is fraught with suffering,
If you think being married is full of difficulties,
try being single.
If you think unemployment is challenging,
try being a CEO.
If living in the city causes you grief,
try living in the forest.
If living in a house unveils too many surprises,
try living on the streets.
If your disease is challenging,
try another, more pleasurable one.
If you think being alone is miserable,
try moving in with your family.
The exit sign flashes red
but the theatre is empty.