Dhamma Letter No. 44

Study of Cittanupassana in Vipassana Meditation: Introduction 1

Vipassana meditation is now better known as Mindfulness Meditation. The reason why the Buddha's meditation method can be transmitted without change for more than 2560 years is because the Buddha's words were recited and passed along through oral tradition during earlier times. 

Sri Lanka is one of the countries where the early traditions of Buddhism is maintained. 

The three baskets of Pali Text were later copied collectively and translated from the West into English. Since then, this practice of Vipassana has been passed down to present day.

It is widely practiced as a meditation method in order to pursue happiness, and for psychotherapy in countries around the world as well. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a typical example of Vipassana for mental health treatment. 

The reason for this development is because the Buddha's meditation method was transmitted to the West where it was studied in various forms. 

Bhikkhus, this is for the purification of all sentient beings, for sorrow and lamentation. The right way to get rid of suffering and hatred to overcome. It is the only way to realize nirvana. - Digha Nikaya:22

It is a first verse of Maha-satipaṭṭhāna sutta (DN22, 大念處經).

It is truly the only way to realize Nirvana (liberation from suffering) which is the ultimate goal of the Buddha's teachings, and beneficial to all.

The purpose of this study is to provide benefits to all who are interested in meditation by in-depth understanding of the Buddha's vipassana meditation, which is the root of mindfulness meditation.

Therefore, there is a need for a variety of studies on the contents of each part or considerations that deal with the fundamentals of this meditation practice.

To be continued…

With Metta,

Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich 

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