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One Tool Among Many: The Place of Vipassana in Buddhist Practice by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Almost any book on early Buddhist meditation will tell you that the Buddha taught two types of meditation: samatha and vipassana. Samatha, which means tranquility, is said to be a method fostering strong states of mental absorption, called jhana. Vipassana -- literally "clear-seeing," but more often translated as insight meditation -- is said to be a method using a modicum of tranquility to foster moment-to-moment mindfulness of the inconstancy of events as they are directly experienced in the present.


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Protection Through Satipatthana by Nyanaponika Thera
Once the Buddha told his monks the following story (Satipatthana Samyutta, No. 19):


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The Foundations of Mindfulness- Satipatthana Sutta - by (Translated )Nyanasatta Thera
The philosophy of Buddhism is contained in the Four Noble Truths. [1]

The truth of suffering reveals that all forms of becoming, all the various elements of existence comprised in the "five aggregates" or groups of existence -- also called the "five categories which are the objects of clinging" (panc'upadana-kkhandha) -- are inseparable from suffering as long as they remain objects of grasping or clinging. All corporeality, all feelings and sensations, all perceptions, all mental formations and consciousness, being impermanent, are a source of suffering, are conditioned phenomena and hence not-self (anicca, dukkha, anatta). Ceaseless origination and dissolution best characterize the process of existence called life, for all elements of this flux of becoming continually arise from conditions created by us and then pass away, giving rise to new elements of being according to one's actions or kamma.
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Facets of Metta by Sharon Salzberg
A pearl goes up for auction No one has enough, so the pearl buys itself -- Rumi


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To Be Seen Here and Now by Sister Ayya Khema
Ten Dhamma Talks from a meditation retreat at Pelmadulla Bhikkhu Training Centre, Sri Lanka,


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All of Us by Sister Ayya Khema
Beset by birth, decay, and death Twelve Dhamma Talks On Practice given on Parappuduwa Nuns Island


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The Farewell Night Desana by Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa
At Bahn Tahd Forest Monastery (Udornthani) On 19th February 2518 (C.E. 1976)


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Mind your own business by www.theage.com.au, November 24, 2006
It is mindfulness meditation, also known as "insight meditation". Its foremost proponent is Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is visiting Australia this month. Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, Kabat-Zinn has researched mind-body interactions for more than 25 years, focusing on the applications of meditation in the treatment of stress-related disorders.


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In a silent way by Peter Vincent, www.smh.com.au, November 22, 2006
Grose, a 32-year-old English teacher at James Cook Boys' High, says the experience was relaxing. "We sat in a normal sitting position in classroom chairs and just tried to concentrate on our breathing," he says.


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Buddha Lessons by Claudia Kalb, Newsweek
A technique called 'mindfulness' teaches how to step back from pain and the worries of life


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