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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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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.x
Selected Articles from the Vipassana Newsletter
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In 1969, S.N. Goenka arrived in India on a lifelong mission: to reestablish Vipassana meditation in the land of its origin and make it available around the world. The Vipassana Newsletter has made a key contribution to that mission.
This collection of articles shows the range of material carried in the Newsletter through the decades. The format, style and distribution method have evolved, but the underlying goal has never wavered: to provide information and inspiration to meditators everywhere.
In these pages are discussions of theory, exhortations to students, recollections and reminiscences, questions and answers, accounts of notable occasions, and more. They show an ancient teaching that has taken on new life and is changing the lives of many for the better.
Ian Hetherington has taught Vipassana meditation as a representative of S.N. Goenka since 1993. He is the author of Realizing Change: Vipassana Meditation in Action, published in 2003. He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife (also a Vipassana teacher) and their son.
The articles are divided into five general categories. The first is Vipassana Teachings that starts with the Buddha's first discourse. The second is Messenger of Dhamma that follows Goenkaji through milestones of his years of teaching. The third is In the Footsteps of the Buddha which first focuses on pilgrimages through India and into Myanmar. It also covers later journeys into North America and Europe. The fourth is Applied Dhamma that reflects on the use of Vipassana in prisons, addiction, at the World Economic Forum, and with students and young people. It also includes Goenkaji's encouragement to student from the first newsletter in 1974. The fifth is The Spread of Dhamma focusing on the development of Dhammagiri, the Global Pagoda, three articles on Dhamma service, and more. There are interesting photos that range from the early student private accommodations in the original thatched mud huts to the grandeur of the Global Pagoda. There are also photos taken during the pilgrimages.
Overall, it provides a panorama of how the Buddha's Second Sāsana started as a trickle on its way to becoming a mighty river.