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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3 Challenges I’ve Faced in Goenka’s Vipassana

Written by Dan Kaminsky Hello! My goal with this blog post is to lay out some of the challenges I have faced after ten years in the Goenka tradition. I would like to preface these challenges by saying that these critiques are coming from a place of gratitude and understanding of the immense benefits I …

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The Next Generation of Goenka Meditators

50 years ago, S. N. Goenka started teaching Vipassana to a new generation of meditators. Thousands of his inspired pupils became meditation teachers, carrying his instructions around the world. Now seven years after Goenka’s death, there is an entire generation of Goenka followers that never met him. The first generation of Goenka students have become …

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Set your mind to it.

Following is a line from the 1981 Hindi movie Umrao Jaan, from the song Dil Cheez Kya Hai. It's one of my favorite quotes. मुश्किल नहीं है कुछ भी अगर ठान लीजिये। Pronounced: Mushkil nahi hai kuchh bhi agar thaan lijiye. Translation: Nothing is hard if you commit to it.  I often tell myself and complain …

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Hello again 🙏

I have decided to return to blogging after 5+ years. To use writing as an accountability tool for sitting regularly. To share thoughts, questions, and insights that surface through equanimous observation of sensations. To re-sharpen my writing skills and experience the joy of writing again. Stay tuned. In the meantime, read my past posts here and …

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A New Blog about Bringing Meditation to Teens

I've decided to turn my attention to a new blog called Loving Lives Delaware. I'm interested in exploring how to light the path towards a 10-day course for someone who has never meditated before. As a high school teacher, it makes sense to start with my students and work my way up from there. If …

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The 10-Day Course Is Essential, But Must It Be The Entry Point?

Goenka had a mission to reintroduce Vipassana to the world. Morality, Anapana, and many other meditation variations were present in the world before Goenka, but the amplified impact of learning morality, Anapana, and Vipassana together had been lost. To ensure students received the full benefit of learning these three foundations together, Goenka emphasized the 10-day …

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Relationships and Intellectual Understanding are Essential for Dhamma Growth

Goenka continuously emphasizes the importance of sitting - sitting 2 hours a day, sitting a 10-day course a year, and sitting whenever you have free time. His message can be interpreted to mean that sitting will solve all of life's problems, and everything else is superficial. I've never met Goenka, so I have no idea …

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