Meditation is intended to purify your mind; it brings you to the state of awareness and of concentration and the insight to your life. In the magazine Shambhala Sun, an article, Vipassana Meditation, written by Bhante Henepola Guaratana shows the practices and awareness of meditation and more specifically Vipassana meditation. In this article it tells us how Vipassana is the oldest Buddhist mediation practice and that this practice is very gentle, but very thorough. Vipassana mediation trains your mind to the purpose or becoming more and more aware of your own life experiences. Why do Vipassana practice? The object for Vipassana meditation is to see the truths of impermanence and unsatisfactorines in one self.
The practice of meditation is believed to be a strong practice in many eastern religions. Vipassana mediation which is use in Buddhist practices displays ethical values. Buddhists believe that “self” is our physical and mental forces. The Vipassana mediation reinforce the mental force of “self,” by allowing your mind to escape and transform. The Buddhist supreme virtues consist of compassion, lovingkindness, sympathetic joy, and impartiality, which can draw a clear distinction between yourself and the others. All these are virtues are thought to begin in your mind. Allowing one to release and think about these virtues can begin with Buddhist practice of meditation. Allowing yourself to mediate, changes your character and values of oneself, by the process of making you deeply aware of your own thoughts, words and deeds. Buddhist is trying set forth that meditation is a process of retraining the mind and finding one self through your mind. The practice of meditation can be done with by any one, not just by Buddhists.
Gunaratana, Bhante Henepola. “Vipassana Meditation.” Shambhala Sun. Sept. 2002. Shambhala Sun Foundation.2007 .