By Paul R. Fleischman
A set of talks given through Dr. Paul Fleischman on Vipassana meditation as taught through S.N. Goenka, those choices discover matters comparable to psychological well-being, mindfulness, and cultivating internal peace. They got to assorted audiences internationally in destinations together with Boston, Madrid, Vienna, and Dublin. those talks are a priceless creation to Vipassana meditation, in addition to an inspiring source when you are already training.
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Almost every newcomer to Buddhism starts with these, and probably with the first, because when starting off, everyone needs to become 1) more integrated and concentrated, 2) more friendly and loving and 3) more deeply aware. In my own tradition, the Triratna Order,7 we call these key areas ‘integration’, ‘positive emotion’ and ‘mindfulness’. The first two are similar in that they involve directed effort: we cultivate concentration and develop our ability to love. But in its basic form the third, mindfulness, is not about cultivating anything; it’s simply being aware of what is happening.
Then, as the practice progresses, instead of getting lost in thoughts about what you’re doing, you can stay with that simple core and keep returning to it. This is where the practice can go deeper. By the end of the first stage, you’re likely to feel a little better towards yourself, or at least a bit more settled into the practice. But don’t be put off if nothing much seems to have happened. That’s often how it is. Once the time is up, it’s best to move to the second stage without lingering in the hope of a more tangible result.
Stages of stūpa visualization 20. Stages of contemplation of the twenty-four nidānas 21. Sinking and drifting 22. Aspects of sinking 23. Aspects of drifting List of figures Fig. 1: The stūpa Fig. 2: Full lotus Fig. 3: Hand position (dhyāna mudrā) Fig. 4: Full lotus, side view Fig. 5: Half lotus Fig. 6: One foot on calf Fig. 7: One leg in front Fig. 8: Kneeling with cushions Fig. 9: Kneeling on a stool Fig. 10: Sitting on a chair Fig. 11: Sitting with back against a wall Fig. 12: Overarching backwards Fig.
An Ancient Path: Talks on Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka by Paul R. Fleischman