Vipassana Purifies Intention, Intellect Solves Problems

Despite the intellectual disagreements I've shared with various aspects of the Goenka organization over the past 3 months, the aspect of Vipassana that I want the world to recognize and celebrate is its ability to purify one's intentions. Our world is obsessed with "how" to accomplish goals. How do I make money? How do I …

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Outside the Circle of Universality: Part 2

Written by Dan Kaminsky In the last post I began by talking about questions I had about vibrations. This post will elaborate more on other concepts that feel to me to be contradictory to the mission of a universal tradition. EnlightenmentEnlightenment has the possibility to be sectarian in the same way heaven and hell is. …

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Honoring the Ask

Greetings fellow Vipassanators,  I'm writing this post in collaboration with my partner Hannah Joy.  Throughout our Vipassana journeys, we both have been inspired to deepen our practice via the sit-serve program and leadership roles within the organization. During our experiences, we too have encountered some challenges and have come to develop some of the same …

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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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