Outside the Circle of Universality: Part 1

Written by Dan Kaminsky In my first post on this blog, I mentioned a number of concepts that don’t feel to be universal to me. I only mentioned these concepts in passing so I would like to expand on them in the next two posts. In this post I will discuss Vibrations, and in the …

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Reflections 1 Year After Leaving Long Term Service

Written by Dan Kaminsky I sat my first course back in 2010.  I was 21 years old, about to graduate college, and rather confused about my next steps in life.  It proved to be immensely helpful.  I continued to sit courses and by my fourth course I decided to make dhamma one of the central …

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Alternative Views on Sankhara’s and the Process of Purification: Part 2

Written by Dan Kaminsky My experience with meditation causes me to question Goenka’s explanation of Sankhara’s and the process of purification (discussed in part one of this post).  In this post, I want to discuss the intellectual challenges I have with Goenka’s theory on Sankhara’s.  On the intellectual level, two main things about Goenka’s model …

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Alternative Views on Sankhara’s and the Process of Purification: Part 1

Written by Dan Kaminsky I recently listened to Daniel Ingram’s four hour long interview on the Monk on a Motorbike podcast.  If you are able to, I recommend it, as it challenges many basic operating assumptions present in the Goenka tradition, especially those around Sankhara’s and how the mind is purified through Vipassana meditation.   Ingram …

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