advancing meditation: the heart of vipashyana

Vipashyana is Sanskrit. Vipassana is Pali. Both words refer to using perception to get to the root of perceiving. If one penetrates through the layers within the process of perception: concepts about what one is perceiving, sensations related to the senses, and the titillation of the senses, then one will arrive at the interesting – and potentially reality-splitting – experience of emptiness. As such penetrating perception (vipashyana) leads to pure perception. The latter is the unity of purity, radiance, and voidness.

One could make a foundational error when engaging what one thinks is a vipashyana practice: that of over-using the mind in its role of the observer. For this reason, we begin with the heart.

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