VIPASSANA MEDITATION is a non-sectarian meditation divided in three parts; Anapana,Vipassana and Metta. The word Vipassana comes out of Pali and means: ‘To see things as they really are‘.
Anapana meditation is the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation. It is the observation of natural, normal respiration, as it goes in and it goes out. Anapana is a simple technique that helps develop concentration of the mind. It is easy to learn, objective and scientific. Observation of the breath is completely non-sectarian, which makes it also ideal for introducing it to children. Anapana helps children and adults to better understand themselves and how their mind works. As they learn to calm and concentrate their minds, they gain mastery over their impulses and actions.
This approach is traced all the way back to the Buddha, who rediscovered and taught this technique nearly 2600 years ago. The Buddha taught -Dhamma- the way to liberation, which is universal and appeals to people from all backgrounds, of every religion or no religion from every part of the world.
Vipassana is a way of self transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
Metta Sutta; Good Will
May all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak and strong, without exception
seen & unseen,
near & far,
born & seeking birth,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.