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What is Vipassana Meditation?

Updated at: Jul 04, 2011
Mind Body
Written by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Jun 30, 2011
What is Vipassana Meditation?

Meditation - Meditation is an effective means of meaningfully communicating with one's self and also remaining in tune with reality. Vipassana mediation can be practiced by all irrespective of age and gender.


Vipassana meditation is known to be widely practiced by monks who consider it to be the best source to achieve an ultimate peace of mind. Vipassana means to perceive things the way they are and logically process the mind through self-observation. Vipassana, by essence of its originality, enables a person to experience peace and harmony in their purest forms and free the individual from suffering or the deep-seated reasons of suffering.


How to practice Vipassana Meditation?

Vipassana meditation is relatively difficult compared to other kinds of meditation. Experts suggest courses under their guidance to help the practitioners get what he or she demands from the technique. The technique requires people to cut themselves from the outside world or anything that might link them to it. It demands the practitioner to practice sitting meditation for about ten hours. Severing communication from the world means observing silence, and avoiding discussion with people unless an emergency occurs. One of the amazing aspects of vipassana meditation is that anyone can do it irrespective of age or physical and mental structure.


The basic Rules to follow and practice this type of Meditation are:


  • Choose a calm place to sit in and meditate preferably in a room with dimmed light and a lot of space.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  • Concentrate on breathing from your nostrils.
  • Pay attention to all the parts of your body.


Three steps to Vipassana Meditation

First Step

The first step to effective Vipassana meditation is to abstain from action, which may cause harm. The practitioners are supposed to undertake five moral precepts, such as:


  • Abstinence from killing.
  • Abstinence from stealing.
  • Abstinence from lying.
  • Abstinence from sexual misconduct.
  • Abstinence from the use of intoxicants.


Once the practitioner has observed the above precepts, he or she will notice calmness of the mind.

Second Step

The second step to Vipassana is observing one’s breath. This is termed as anapana meditation. This helps to control the mind.

The above steps, if practiced regularly, can help a person to live a wholesome life and develop the control of the mind.

Third Step

The third step is to penetrate the entire physical as well mental identity with insight. In this, a person is expected to observe everything happening around and perceive it without any personal judgement or opinion.


How Vipassana Meditation can help you?

Practicing vipassana meditation regularly helps a person to do the following in a few weeks:


  • To face fear without any hesitation.
  • To increase awareness about the inner self thereby creating a better understanding of how the body functions and how one can attain peace with oneself.
  • To attain self control.
  • A regular practitioner of vipassana meditation is likely to stop daydreaming and will always be in tune with reality.
  • To fight stress and manage anger.


Vipassana meditation can be a one spot solution for people. It helps them get away from their mundane chores of work and home and enjoy the other side of life, which is enhanced by an atmosphere of peace and nothingness.


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