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This essay discusses the therapeutic role that meditation can have, its scientific basis, and its relevance to practitioners of healing professions.
What is the therapeutic role of meditation? What is the scientific basis of meditation? Can meditation be understood through occidental psychology? How is it that meditation can lead a person from narcissism into mature, social love?
When the first ten-day Vipassana meditation course came to a close at Alabama’s Donaldson Prison in 2002, twenty men were faced with the possibility of a new chapter in their lives. Many have life sentences and most have been deeply acculturated to the life of violence and abuse that is all too common in prisons. In letters written during a four-year period after this course, 15 inmate-meditators offer direct and intimate access to their thoughts, struggles, dreams and triumphs after taking part in this intensive, voluntary program. Corrections officers, wardens, judges and others ask: “Can this program really reform such hardened inmates? Will the changes last?” These letters will help you decide for yourself if their transformations are real or not.
The Clock of Vipassana has struck is a tribute to Sayagyi U Ba Khin, teacher of Mr. S. N. Goenka and an outstanding civil servant from Myanmar. His accomplishments, in two usually incompatible fields were singular: He was a shining star of Dhamma (the truth, the teaching) as well as a high level government official of tireless devotion and impeccable conduct. U Ba Khin’s career was that of an ideal householder, combining unwavering dedication to Vipassana meditation with unwearying commitment to the public service.
This book is an introduction to Pali language for beginners. It is based on the principle of teaching grammar through composition, using a gradually expanding vocabulary. This book is intended as a companion volume to the book ‘Key to Pali Primer’ which contains exercises for translations into and from English language.
Mr. Goenka conducted the first course of Vipassana meditation in Mumbai within 10 days of his arrival in India. Since then, the wheel of Dhamma is rotating. In 1976, Dhamma Giri, the first center was developed and thereafter magnificent dwellings of Dhamma, dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana meditation, started to establish in various parts of India and across the world. Today, courses of Vipassana meditations are conducted in 177 centers and 134 non-center locations.
Mahasatipatthana sutta, the Great Discourse on establishing awareness, is one of the most important discourses expounded by the Buddha in the town called Kammasadhamma in Kuru kingdom. In this sutta, the Buddha presented a practical method for developing self-knowledge by means of kāyānupassanā (constant observation of the body), vedanānupassanā (constant observation of sensations), cittānupassanā (constant observation of the mind), and dhammānupassanā (constant observation of the contents of the mind).