"Observing reality as it is, without any preconceptions, in order to disintegrate apparent truth and to reach ultimate truth—this is Vipassana. The purpose of disintegrating apparent reality is to enable the meditator to emerge from the illusion of ‘I’. This illusion is at the root of all our craving and aversion, and leads to great suffering."
(Below is summary of Day 10 Dhamma Discourse of Principal teacher Sayagyi U S.N.Goenka, during the 10-day Vipassana Course
A video/audio discourse at 7.15 p.m follows each day of the 10-day course, after 10 hours of meditation in the daily timetable starting 4.30 a.m)
Ten days are over. Let us review what you have done during these ten days.
The entire teaching is universal. You took refuge not in a personality, dogma, or sect, but in the quality of enlightenment. Someone who discovers the way to enlightenment is a Buddha. The way that he finds is called the Dhamma. All who practise this way and reach the stage of saintliness are called Sangha. Inspired by such persons, one takes refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha in order to attain the same goal of purity of mind. The refuge is actually in the universal quality of enlightenment which one seeks to develop in oneself.
However, along with the experience of Dhamma there is bound to grow a feeling of gratitude to Gotama the Buddha for finding and teaching this technique, and gratitude as well to those who selflessly strove to maintain the teaching in its original purity through twenty-five centuries to the present day.
With this understanding you took refuge in the Triple Gem.
|(Global Pagoda, seen from adjacent Dhamma Pattana Vipassana Centre)|
Thus by maintaining awareness and equanimity towards every experience, at the level of sensations, one purifies the mind of all the deep-lying complexes, and approaches closer and closer to the goal of nibbana, of liberation.
In every case, however, in every situation, equanimity is essential, based on an awareness of sensations. Sankharas arise from the point of physical sensation. By remaining equanimous towards the sensation, you prevent a new sankhara from arising, and you also eliminate the old ones. Thus by observing sensations equanimously, you gradually progress towards the final goal of liberation from suffering.
Practice of Mettā Bhāvanā, taught on Day 10 morning of the 10-day Vipassana course
"As we practice Vipassana, we become aware that the underlying reality of the world and of ourselves consists of arising and passing away every moment. We realize that the process of change continues without our control and regardless of our wishes. Gradually we understand that any attachment to what is ephemeral and insubstantial produces suffering for us. We learn to be detached and to keep the balance of our minds in the face of any experience. Then we begin to experience what real happiness is; not the satisfaction of desire nor the forestalling of fears, but rather liberation from the cycle of desire and fear. As inner serenity develops, we clearly see how others are enmeshed in suffering, and naturally this wish arises, 'May they find what we have found: the way out of misery, the path of peace'. This is the proper volition for the practice of mettā-bhāvanā."
* Dhamma reasons why no fees are charged for Vipassana courses
Across countless aeons and endless time, may every moment of purity from Vipassana practice go for the benefit, happiness and liberation of all beings.