Is Dhamma Fragile?

You know the story: 2500 years ago the Buddha brought the complete path of Dhamma to India. Over the centuries, these teachings became polluted until they were lost in most parts of the world. Only in Burma was the complete teaching preserved in writing and practice. After 2500 years, the teachings were professed to return …

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The Rigidity of the Tradition: Part 1

Written by Dan Kaminsky There is this fear that the meditation technique will get watered down or changed by people looking to make it easier or more pleasant, and the essence of the technique will be lost.  This fear then leads to some of the rigidities around exploration that are in existence.  This fear is …

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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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