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www.sirimangalo.org 

Sirimangalo International is a non-profit organization located in Manitoba, Canada, dedicated to supporting the practice, study and teaching of Buddhist Insight (Vipassana) Meditation, in the tradition of Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo. The organization was founded by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu, an ordained disciple of the venerable Ajaan Tong, in order to help facilitate the spread of Vipassana meditation around the world.

Sirimangalo International also offers video, audio, and printed material on Buddhism and meditation.

For example, Yuttadhammo has generously made available two books that may be downloaded free of charge at the following link: http://yuttadhammo.sirimangalo.org/articles/how-to-meditate/  (accessed July 2, 2013). While further editing is planned, the two books contain helpful instruction. They are as follows:

How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide to Peace

 How to Meditate Book 

Lessons in Practical Buddhism

Lessons in Practical Buddhism 

 

http://my.sirimangalo.org/ 

This website, a sub-site of www.sirimangalo.org, is the hub around which much of the online teaching takes place. There is a Q&A forum, a discussion forum, and a page for weekly live Q&A, using YouTube, Google Hangouts and Google Moderator. 

What Is Vipassana? 

Vipassana means "to see clearly". Vi means "clearly"; passana means "to see". The question is: To see clearly in regard to what?  The answer is: To see clearly in regard to our own body and mind, and the whole world around us. To see that – both inside ourselves and in the whole world around us – things are:  

·     unstable, uncertain, changing (anicca);

·     unsatisfying, stressful (dukkha);

·     uncontrollable, that is, not under our control (anatta).

 

What Are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness?

 

They are mindfulness of:  

·     Body: Noting the body, such as "walking" and "sitting".

·     Feelings: Noting feelings, such as pain as "pain", happiness as "happy", and calm as "calm".

·     Mind: Noting thoughts, such as about the past or future – both good and bad – as "thinking".

·     Dharmas: Noting, for example, hindrances such as "liking", "disliking", "drowsiness", "distraction", and "doubt".

                                   Why Should We Be Mindful? 

 About mindfulness, Ajaan Tong writes: 

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness are a device that stops evil, stops bad deeds, stops defilement. 'Sati nivaranam settham' – mindfulness is an exceptional preventer (of evil states). During the time when we are mindful, evil won't enter in to reach our hearts. We will have pure hearts always. It is like dark and shining light. Mindfulness is a shining light; all defilements, all evil states, are like darkness. When the bright light shines, the darkness disappears. For this reason, we should be mindful at all times – our mind will be bright, clean and peaceful all of the time. [Most Ven. Phra Dhammamangalajaan Vi. (Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo)] 

In sum, the Buddha's teaching has five objectives: 

·     Purification of all beings;

·     Passing beyond sorrow and lamentation;

·     Release from bodily and mental pain;

·     Seeing the truth of life – what real, true life is;

·     The end of all suffering.

The method of practice that will lead to these five objectives is called Insight Meditation (Vipassana Kammatthana), in line with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana). 

Source : Adapted from http://www.sirimangalo.org/text/vipassana-meditation/ 

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