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This product is directly related to Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Learn More.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
More information about Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka is available
The tag Vipassana identifies products that are directly related to this
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.x
Starting on April 4, 1994, one thousand male prisoners gathered in a huge tent in Tihar Prison, in Delhi, India, to participate in a 10-day Vipassana course taught by S.N. Goenka, a meditation teacher, who has been teaching Vipassana around the world. This was the largest Vipassana course conducted in recent history and it paved the way for the opening of the first permanent Vipassana meditation center inside a prison.
Psychological Effects of Vipassana on Tihar Jail Inmates, is one of the few empirical studies in print on Vipassana as a prison reform measure.
Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha, about 2500 years ago. It is currently being taught worldwide under the guidance of S.N. Goenka, the principal teacher of Vipassana. It promotes conscious lifestyle changes, enhances concentration of mind and facilitates deeper psychological introspection to bring about behavioral changes.
Available also is Doing Time, Doing Vipassana, the extraordinary and moving documentary video about the fruition of Vipassana in Tihar Prison, and the inmates who underwent profound change after sitting the meditation course.