America Needs Dhamma

I've recently written about a number of item within the Goenka organization that I disagree with. Some people have received these disagreements as attacks or attempts to discredit the organization, but I think our regular readers are discovering that I'm a friend trying to help the organization grow. Dhamma has some important lessons to teach …

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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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In response to “treat it like a black stone” or “just observe”

Written by Dan Kaminsky There are, at this point, a few very predictable responses to certain types of concerns being raised.  And those responses are valid.  There is a ton of wisdom in observing your own baggage and working to not be consumed by it. Yet, I think those responses aren’t always appropriate. Often, when …

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Is Old Student Dialogue Helpful?

Open discussions are rare in the Goenka tradition for good reason. The tradition's focus is on encouraging people to meditate, and intellectual discussions can lead to confusion and doubt that detract from the personal journey experienced on the cushion. There's also the problem of determining who is advanced enough in their development to share their …

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Is Goenka Vipassana Universal?

Goenka seems to present two different paths. First, he shares that sila (morality), samadhi (concentration through breath awareness), and panna (wisdom through body sensation awareness) are the three universal components of the path towards ultimate truth. Second, he shares that the ultimate goal is to liberate the mind from the cycle of birth and death. …

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