Dhamma Treasures is a series of books containing primarily Goenkaji’s articles/discourses on various aspects of Vipassana coupled with questions & answers and inspirational examples of senior meditators. “Living a Life of Dhamma” is a first book in this series guiding students on how to apply Vipassana in daily life. Mr. S. N. Goenka has always emphasised that just attending a Vipassana course is not enough. Vipassana is an art of living and students need to apply Vipassana in day to day life to live at peace with ourselves, and at peace with others. His own life was an example of how to live a life of Dhamma. He has delivered various discourses on how to use Vipassana while facing vicissitudes of life with equanimity. Along with discourses, many students have requested his guidance on this matter. This book contains all these discourse and questions & answers to help students firmly walk on the path of Dhamma.
Phuṭṭhassa lokadhammehi, cittaṃ yassa na kampati; asokaṃ virajaṃ khemaṃ, etaṃ maṅgalamuttamaṃ.
-When faced with the vicissitudes of life, one’s mind is unshaken, sorrowless, stainless, secure- this is the highest blessing.
This is a great legacy that the Buddha left for householders: to maintain equanimity with wisdom in all situations. Life of the Buddha and Vipassana practitioners in ancient times as well as today is a living example of this teaching. This book aims to motivate old students to continue their practice seriously to walk the same path as the exemplary practitioners of Vipassana meditation.