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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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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.x
This booklet presents a collection of Hindi couplets (dohas), with English translation, chanted by S.N. Goenka in his ten-day Vipassana courses.
The doha is a traditional form of inspirational poetry derived from the ancient anutthuba chandas, the poetic form most frequently used by the Buddha. In addition to the basic couplet form, the doha has a rhyme at the end of each line. Many Indian spiritual teachers have used this form as a medium for their teachings and the doha remains even today a strong part of Indian culture.