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.
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Vipassana Structured Study Introduction And Study Suttas
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Class 1: Vipassana Introduction Part One
Class 2: Vipassana Introduction Part Two
Class 3: The Noble Search For The Noble Path
Class 9: Becoming Explained Three Suttas
Class 11: Wise Restraint
Class 14: Dukkha Sutta
Class 21: Atthakanagara Sutta Jhana
Class 24: Jhana Sutta
Class 25: Wings To Self-Awakening Sambodhi Sutta
Class 26: Abandon Disease Girimanda Sutta
Class 30: Simsapa Sutta – A Handful Of Leaves
Class 31: Fire Discourse – Passions
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
For All Who Reside In The Dhamma - Agantuka Sutta
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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 Dhammatalks.org, 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.
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