Whose House Is It?

Written by Dan Kaminsky In a recent blog post in which I was writing with critical inquisitiveness about practices done at centers, among the many thought provoking responses to come in was the idea that when you are going to a center, you are entering into someone else’s domain and because of that should do …

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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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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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