The process of meditation is attaching yourself to one singular thought. This one point of concentration will shield and hold off any other thoughts and distraction. By meditating the strength of your mind increases.
Visapanna / Insight Meditation we practice at Saraniya is in the traditions of of the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar. These guides below follow in his teachings.
The form of mediation we practice at Saraniya is Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are. It was an ancient form of meditation which was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. The Buddha taught this to his followers and disciples as a remedy for universal ills.
Vipassana also known as Insight Meditation is practise to attain not only deep concentration of the mind but also liberation from all kinds of mental and physical dukkha or suffering. The eradication of these mental and physical impurities will result in the healing of human suffering.
The technique for Vipassana is through realisation of our body-mind processes and their true nature. Essentially a process of self-transformation through self-observation. Focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations. The observation of these sensation and the self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind dissolves the mental impurity, resulting in increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
The teaching is universal and can be practised by anyone without conflict with existing religious beliefs or absence of beliefs.
Vipassana Meditation Guidelines
A brief guide on how to get started
The Way to Practise Vipassana Meditation by Sayadaw U Pandita Bhivamsa – The essentials of Vipassana Meditation
Meditation Instructions by U Vevekanda
Instructions to Insight Meditation By Mahasi Sayadaw
Some Basic Guidelines For Intensive Vipassana Meditation – Meditatation Guide for retreats by Ovadacariya Sayadawgy
Question and Answer Sessions
Ch2 Q&A with Panditarama Sayadawgy
Ch3 Q&A with Sayadaw U Silananda
Practical Questions – Some question to help you improve your meditation.
Questions by a Yogi – A few questions and answers a Yogi may may encounter.
Dhamma Puja – Chanting and Prayers
Puja(expressions of “honour, worship and devotional attention)
Mangala and social duties (pdf)
Pratical Everyday Buddhism (pdf) – Dhamma Puja Compilation
Dhamma Cakka (in burmese) (pdf format)