Vipassana – Introspective Insight – A Structured Study


Introspective Insight Into Anicca, Anatta, and Dukkha – Impermanence, Not-Self, and Stress and Suffering


Vipassana means insight. In the context of the Buddha’s Dhamma, vipassana is not merely a popular hybrid meditation method or a distracting grasping-after insight-into-all-impermanent-phenomena practice.

In the context of the Buddha’s Dhamma, vipassana describes introspective insight into a fabricated misunderstanding of self in relation to the world. These two components of ignorance of self in relation to the world, in relation to all impermanent phenomena, results in ongoing stress and suffering – Dukkha.

It is ignorance of self in relation to the world resulting in stress and suffering that are the three common characteristics of all human beings. It is the central theme and purpose of the Buddha’s Dhamma to develop skillful vipassana and resolution into this fabricated clinging-relationship through developing wisdom of Four Noble Truths.

This study provides the framework and guidance of these 29 suttas that develops specific profound and skillful introspective insight resolving all suffering arising from wrong views of self in relation to an impermanent world.

Immediately below are links to the introductory text and suttas included in our study. Each sutta has an audio recording of the class talk and sangha discussion.

Below the linked suttas is a playlist of all talks from our study.

Please feel free to   with any questions.

Vipassana Structured Study Introduction And Study Suttas

Class 1: Vipassana Introduction Part One

Class 2: Vipassana Introduction Part Two

Class 3: The Noble Search For The Noble Path

Class 4-1: Dependent Origination – The Paticca Samuppada Sutta

Class 4-2: Dependent Origination – The Paticca Samuppada Sutta

Class 5: Cula-Saccaka Sutta – A Fearless And Independent Dhamma

Class 6: Three Governing Principles For Vipassana – Adhipateyya Sutta

Class 7: Analysis Of Four Noble Truths – Sacca-Vibhanga Sutta

Class 8 Eightfold Path – The Magga-Vibhanga Sutta

Class 9: Becoming Explained Three Suttas

Class 10: Nothing Personal – A Buddha’s Analysis Of Self

Class 11: Wise Restraint

Class 12: Anatta-Lakkhana Sutta – The Not-Self Characteristic

Class 13: Sikkha Sutta Three Trainings For Liberation

Class 14: Dukkha Sutta

Class 15: The Great Mass of Stress Mahā Dukkhakkhandha Sutta

Class 16:  The Lesser Mass of Stress Cūḷa-Dukkhakkhandha Sutta 

Class 17: Sister Vajira Confronts Mara – Vajira Sutta

Class 18:  Vipallasa Sutta – Fabrications

Class 19:  Rahogata Sutta Ending Fabrications Through Jhana

Class 20:  Anupada Sutta Ending Fabrications One After Another

Class 21: Atthakanagara Sutta Jhana

Class 22:  Anuradha Sutta Anicca and Five Clinging-Aggregates

Class 23:  Sariputta Sutta Jhana And The Cessation Of Ignorance

Class 24:  Jhana Sutta

Class 25: Wings To Self-Awakening Sambodhi Sutta

Class 26:  Abandon Disease Girimanda Sutta

Class 27:  Sallatha Sutta Two Arrows and Mindfulness Of Bahiya

Class 28:  Khajjaniya Sutta Released From Affliction

Class 29:  Culavedalla Sutta Attachment To Impermanence and Five Clinging Aggregates

Class 30:  Simsapa Sutta – A Handful Of Leaves

Class 31:  Fire Discourse – Passions

Class 32:  Anapanasati Sutta An Example Of Authentic Dhamma Practice

These are the most recent talks on this subject. As of December, 2019, There are more than 600 Dhamma talks on this and other teachings of the Buddha in my audio and video archives:




Vipassana Structured Study Audio Recordings

There are more than 600 Dhamma talks on this and other teachings of the Buddha in my audio and video archives:



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My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website, as well as the works of Acharya Buddharakkhita, Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain contextual relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths. and Dhamma articles and recordings by John Haspel are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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