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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
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When he died in 1971, the great Burmese meditation master Sayagyi U Ba Khin left an invaluable legacy. He was one of the first teachers of the twentieth century to present the ancient technique of Vipassana in a modern, systematic way, making it accessible to people of diverse denominations and cultures. Vipassana, the essence of the teaching of the Buddha, is a simple and practical method for achieving real peace of mind.
This journal commemorates U Ba Khin's exemplary life and teaching. It contains a selection of his discourses, and biographical sketches of his life and the lives of the teachers who preceded him. Included are essays about his noteworthy career by his renowned disciple, S.N. Goenka, as well as articles on different aspects of the Vipassana technique. This journal, originally published in 1991, marked the first time much of this material appeared in one collection in English.
In the years since his death, the technique that U Ba Khin taught has spread from Burma back to India, its land of origin, and from there, around the world. Today Vipassana meditation can be learned at established centres in different countries, offering to ever-increasing numbers of people the opportunity to learn this art of living which brings peace and harmony within.
Vipassana Research Publications (VRP) offers this Vipassana Research Institute collection as a tribute to Sayagyi U Ba Khin in the hope that many more people will benefit from the wonderful way of life that he lived and of which he was a brilliant example. This Pariyatti Edition has a bigger page size with larger text, a stronger spine as well as a new cover design.