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This book is a good introduction to understanding the parts, structure, and meanings of the Tipiṭaka. Tipiṭaka is the Pāli word meaning “Three Baskets” used to describe the body of discourses and teachings (in three categories) credited to Siddhartha Gotama, or the historical Buddha. It is also called the Pāli Canon.
In a Vipassana course, the participants learn how to free the mind of the tensions and prejudices that disturb the flow of daily life. By doing so, one begins to discover how to live each moment peacefully, productively and happily. At the same time, one starts progressing towards the highest goal to which mankind can aspire: purity of mind, freedom from all suffering, full enlightenment.
Manual of Vipassana Meditation is a collection of lectures by Mr. U Ko Lay, student of Sayagyi U Ba Khin and a former Vice Chancellor of Mandalay University. These lectures, which have been much expanded and annotated, were given to the first year students at the International Buddhist Missionary University where U Ko Lay had acted as the Head of Department of Vipassana Meditation in the Faculty of Patipatti.
For centuries in India, the Buddha and his teachings have been accused as being pessimistic. These misunderstandings developed when the Buddha’s teachings were lost in India and most of the world. This was largely due to disappearance of the applied teachings (the technique of Vipassana meditation) in the initial years and loss of words of the Buddha (Pali Canon) in the later years.
The purpose of this book is to give a brief introduction about Vipassana meditation, quintessence of the Buddha’s teaching. It also contains information on life of the Buddha, stories of the people who benefitted from the practice of Vipassana meditation, six historical Councils, chain of teachers after the Buddha and spread of Vipassana through pictorial presentation. This information is embedded in the beautiful high quality pictures from the gallery at the Global Vipassana Pagoda.
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.