Vipassana Retreats

(See also: meditation and Buddhism.)

Vipassana is a form of meditation focused on the development of insight by means of close observation of the internal and external world. Vipassana (Pali), also known as vipashyana (Sanskrit), is found in many of the Buddhist traditions, but is particularly well-known in the context of the Theravadan Buddhist teachings.

S.N. Goenka was a Burmese teacher who popularized Vipassana meditation throughout the world by emphasizing it’s relevance as a secular path to liberation. Vipassana retreats based in the tradition of S.N. Goenka are 10 days; there are also shorter vipassana retreats.   Vipassana is also associated with the Insight Meditation Society, a Buddhist organization founded by prominent teachers Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield to disseminate Theravadan Buddhist teachings to a Western audience.

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