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
an ordained disciple of the venerable Ajaan Tong, in order to help facilitate the spread of Vipassana
meditation around the world.
International also offers video, audio, and printed material on
Buddhism and meditation.
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:
to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide to Peace
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
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
· unstable, uncertain, changing
· unsatisfying, stressful
· uncontrollable, that is, not under
our control (anatta).
Are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness?
· 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
Should We Be Mindful?
mindfulness, Ajaan Tong writes:
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
sum, the Buddha's teaching has five objectives:
· Purification of all beings;
· Passing beyond sorrow and
· Release from bodily and mental
· Seeing the truth of life – what
real, true life is;
· The end of all
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).
: Adapted from http://www.sirimangalo.org/text/vipassana-meditation/
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