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Title: Introduction to Vipassana meditation (Mahasi method)


1
Introduction to Vipassana meditation(Mahasi
method)
2
Course Outline
  • Lesson 1 Who is Mahasi Sayadaw What is the
    Mahasi method Basic meditation instructions
  • Lesson 2 What is Buddhist meditation Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 3 Satipatthana Sutta Group meditation
    practice Group individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 4 Chappana Sutta, Malunkyaputta
    Sutta The Five Hindrances Group
    individual meditation practice

3
Course Outline
  • Lesson 1 Who is Mahasi Sayadaw What is the
    Mahasi method Basic meditation instructions
  • Lesson 2 What is Buddhist meditation Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 3 Satipatthana Sutta Group meditation
    practice Group individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 4 Chappana Sutta, Malunkyaputta
    Sutta The Five Hindrances Group
    individual meditation practice

4
Course Outline
  • Lesson 1 Who is Mahasi Sayadaw What is the
    Mahasi method Basic meditation instructions
  • Lesson 2 What is Buddhist meditation Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 3 Satipatthana Sutta Group meditation
    practice Group individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 4 Chappana Sutta, Malunkyaputta
    Sutta The Five Hindrances Group
    individual meditation practice

5
Course Outline
  • Lesson 1 Who is Mahasi Sayadaw What is the
    Mahasi method Basic meditation instructions
  • Lesson 2 What is Buddhist meditation Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 3 Satipatthana Sutta Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 4 Chappana Sutta, Malunkyaputta
    Sutta The Five Hindrances Group
    individual meditation practice

6
Course Outline
  • Lesson 1 Who is Mahasi Sayadaw What is the
    Mahasi method Basic meditation instructions
  • Lesson 2 What is Buddhist meditation Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 3 Satipatthana Sutta Group
    individual meditation practice
  • Lesson 4 Chappana Sutta, Malunkyaputta
    Sutta Group individual meditation practice

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Course Outline
  • Lesson 5 Four Brahma Viharas Metta Sutta
    Metta meditation Individual Q A
  • Lesson 6 Samatha and Vipassana meditation
    Their differences and equal importance
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 7 Modern applications of Mindfulness
    32 Parts of the Body contemplation
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 8 Group individual meditation
    practice Individual Q A

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Course Outline
  • Lesson 5 Four Brahma Viharas Metta Sutta
    Metta meditation Individual Q A
  • Lesson 6 Samatha and Vipassana meditation
    Their differences and equal importance
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 7 Modern applications of Mindfulness
    32 Parts of the Body contemplation
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 8 Group individual meditation
    practice Individual Q A

9
Course Outline
  • Lesson 5 Four Brahma Viharas Metta Sutta
    Metta meditation Individual Q A
  • Lesson 6 Samatha and Vipassana meditation
    Their differences and equal importance
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 7 Modern applications of Mindfulness
    32 Parts of the Body contemplation
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 8 Group individual meditation
    practice Individual Q A

10
Course Outline
  • Lesson 5 Four Brahma Viharas Metta Sutta
    Metta meditation Individual Q A
  • Lesson 6 Samatha and Vipassana meditation
    Their differences and equal importance
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 7 Modern applications of Mindfulness
    32 Parts of the Body contemplation
    Individual Q A
  • Lesson 8 Hindrances and Impediments Individual
    Q A

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • There are many types of Buddhist meditation
    techniques with different methods used by
    different teachers.
  • Examples of such techniques are visualizations of
    the Buddha or various deities, meditation on the
    chakras, meditation with mantras, meditation on
    the breath, etc...

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • There are many types of Buddhist meditation
    techniques with different methods used by
    different teachers.
  • Examples of such techniques are visualizations of
    the Buddha or various deities, meditation on the
    chakras, meditation with mantras, meditation on
    the breath, etc...

13
Background to the Mahasi method
  • However, the most successful and widespread
    techniques of recent times is the method taught
    by Mahasi Sayadaw.
  • This method is based on the teachings of the
    Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most important
    teachings of the Buddha.
  • It uses the breath as the meditation object
    centred on the abdomen, as well as techniques for
    all the four postures.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • However, the most successful and widespread
    techniques of recent times is the method taught
    by Mahasi Sayadaw.
  • This method is based on the teachings of the
    Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most important
    teachings of the Buddha.
  • It uses the breath as the meditation object
    centred on the abdomen, as well as techniques for
    all the four postures.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • However, the most successful and widespread
    techniques of recent times is the method taught
    by Mahasi Sayadaw.
  • This method is based on the teachings of the
    Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most important
    teachings of the Buddha.
  • It uses the breath as the meditation object
    centred on the abdomen, as well as techniques for
    all the four postures.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • The late Mahasi Sayadaw was born in 1904 in upper
    Burma, north of Mandalay. He studied the Buddhist
    scriptures before taking up meditation practice
    under the guidance of Mingun Sayadaw.
  • Mingun Sayadaw was a pioneer in the revival of
    Vipassana (Insight) meditation in Burma, and in
    particular the movement to teach Vipassana to lay
    people.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • The late Mahasi Sayadaw was born in 1904 in upper
    Burma, north of Mandalay. He studied the Buddhist
    scriptures before taking up meditation practice
    under the guidance of Mingun Sayadaw.
  • Mingun Sayadaw was a pioneer in the revival of
    Vipassana (Insight) meditation in Burma, and in
    particular the movement to teach Vipassana to lay
    people.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • After completing his training, Mahasi Sayadaw
    returned to his home monastery to teach.
  • When Burma became independent in 1948 the new
    government sponsored a revival of Buddhism.
    Mahasi Sayadaw was invited to be in charge of a
    new meditation centre in Rangoon which was
    developed to teach meditation practice to large
    numbers of lay people.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • After completing his training, Mahasi Sayadaw
    returned to his home monastery to teach.
  • When Burma became independent in 1948 the new
    government sponsored a revival of Buddhism.
    Mahasi Sayadaw was invited to be in charge of a
    new meditation centre in Rangoon which was
    developed to teach meditation practice to large
    numbers of lay people.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • This was an innovation, as in traditional
    Buddhist societies meditation is generally
    practiced only by the monks.
  • The meditation method associated with Mahasi
    Sayadaw is a Vipassana (Insight meditation)
    method, designed specifically to allow lay people
    in the modern world to attain the experience of
    Nibbana.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • This was an innovation, as in traditional
    Buddhist societies meditation is generally
    practiced only by the monks.
  • The meditation method associated with Mahasi
    Sayadaw is a Vipassana (Insight meditation)
    method, designed specifically to allow lay people
    in the modern world to attain the experience of
    Nibbana.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • At the historic Sixth Buddhist Council, on in
    1954, Mahasi Sayadaw played an eminent role,
    undertaking the tasks of Final Editor and
    Questioner.
  • In the editing of this commentarial literature,
    he was responsible for making a critical
    analysis, sound interpretation, and skilful
    reconciliation of several crucial, but divergent
    passages.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • At the historic Sixth Buddhist Council, on in
    1954, Mahasi Sayadaw played an eminent role,
    undertaking the tasks of Final Editor and
    Questioner.
  • In the editing of this commentarial literature,
    he was responsible for making a critical
    analysis, sound interpretation, and skilful
    reconciliation of several crucial, but divergent
    passages.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • Subsequently and at the request of the Government
    of Sri Lanka, a special mission headed by Sayadaw
    U Sujata, an eminent deputy of Mahasi Sayadaw,
    went there in 1955.
  • The mission stayed for over a year setting up
    twelve permanent and seventeen temporary
    meditation centres.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • Subsequently and at the request of the Government
    of Sri Lanka, a special mission headed by Sayadaw
    U Sujata, an eminent deputy of Mahasi Sayadaw,
    went there in 1955.
  • The mission stayed for over a year setting up
    twelve permanent and seventeen temporary
    meditation centres.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • Following the completion of a meditation centre
    on a site granted by the Sri Lankan Government, a
    larger mission led by Mahasi Sayadaw left for Sri
    Lanka.
  • This historic visit of the Burmese mission under
    the leadership of Mahasi Sayadaw led to a revival
    of interest in meditation in Sri Lanka, which had
    drastically declined.

30
Background to the Mahasi method
  • Following the completion of a meditation centre
    on a site granted by the Sri Lankan Government, a
    larger mission led by Mahasi Sayadaw left for Sri
    Lanka.
  • This historic visit of the Burmese mission under
    the leadership of Mahasi Sayadaw led to a revival
    of interest in meditation in Sri Lanka, which had
    drastically declined.

31
Background to the Mahasi method
  • In 1952, at the request of the Thai Minister for
    Sangha Affairs, Mahasi Sayadaw sent two deputies
    for the promotion of Vipassana meditation in
    Thailand, which was no longer widely practiced.
  • Thanks to their efforts, the Mahasi method gained
    wide acceptance in Thailand. By 1960, many
    meditation centres had been established and the
    number of Mahasi meditators exceeded a hundred
    thousand.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • In 1952, at the request of the Thai Minister for
    Sangha Affairs, Mahasi Sayadaw sent two deputies
    for the promotion of Vipassana meditation in
    Thailand, which was no longer widely practiced.
  • Thanks to their efforts, the Mahasi method gained
    wide acceptance in Thailand. By 1960, many
    meditation centres had been established and the
    number of Mahasi meditators exceeded a hundred
    thousand.

33
Background to the Mahasi method
  • The Mahasi Centre, now teaches thousands of
    students every year and has over 300 branch
    centres inside and outside Burma.
  • It remains one of the most important meditation
    centres in the world today, and the source of one
    of the most influential meditation lineages in
    Theravada Buddhism.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • The Mahasi Centre, now teaches thousands of
    students every year and has over 300 branch
    centres inside and outside Burma.
  • It remains one of the most important meditation
    centres in the world today, and the source of one
    of the most influential meditation lineages in
    Theravada Buddhism.

35
Background to the Mahasi method
  • Among the centres promoting the Mahasi method are
    the huge Panditarama and Kanduboda meditation
    centres in Burma and Sri Lanka respectively.
  • In Malaysia, there are the Lunas Hermitage, the
    Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre, and Ven.
    Aggacitta of the Sasanarakha Buddhist Sanctuary
    was ordained at the Mahasi Meditation Centre in
    Yangon, Burma.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • Among the centres promoting the Mahasi method are
    the huge Panditarama and Kanduboda meditation
    centres in Burma and Sri Lanka respectively.
  • In Malaysia, there are the Lunas Hermitage, the
    Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre, and Ven.
    Aggacitta of the Sasanarakha Buddhist Sanctuary
    was ordained at the Mahasi Meditation Centre in
    Yangon, Burma.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • In addition, there are numerous centres located
    in the USA, Europe and Australia.
  • America Burma Buddhist AssociationDhammanada
    Vihara
  • Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Satipanya Buddhist
    Retreat
  • Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery, Blue Mountains
    Insight Meditation Centre

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • In addition, there are numerous centres located
    in the USA, Europe and Australia.
  • America Burma Buddhist AssociationDhammanada
    Vihara
  • Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Satipanya Buddhist
    Retreat
  • Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery, Blue Mountains
    Insight Meditation Centre

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • In addition, there are numerous centres located
    in the USA, Europe and Australia.
  • America Burma Buddhist AssociationDhammanada
    Vihara
  • Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Satipanya Buddhist
    Retreat
  • Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery, Blue Mountains
    Insight Meditation Centre

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • In addition, there are numerous centres located
    in the USA, Europe and Australia.
  • America Burma Buddhist AssociationDhammanada
    Vihara
  • Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Satipanya Buddhist
    Retreat
  • Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery, Blue Mountains
    Insight Meditation Centre

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • The foremost centre in Singapore teaching the
    Mahasi method is the Satipatthana Meditation
    Centre (SMC) located in Sembawang.
  • In Thailand, Wat Mahadhatu, Wat TamaoWat Vivek
    Asom are among the centres affiliated to the
    Mahasi Meditation Centre.The most active in
    conducting courses in the Mahasi Method, is the
    YBAT group of meditation centres throughout
    Thailand.

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Background to the Mahasi method
  • The foremost centre in Singapore teaching the
    Mahasi method is the Satipatthana Meditation
    Centre (SMC) located in Sembawang.
  • In Thailand, Wat Mahadhatu, Wat TamaoWat Vivek
    Asom are among the centres affiliated to the
    Mahasi Meditation Centre.The most active in
    conducting courses in the Mahasi Method, is the
    YBAT group of meditation centres throughout
    Thailand.

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