What is Vipassana                                                    

Vipassana is a Pali word which means: Seeing clearly, seeing through, seeing in a special way ( Vi = clearly, specially, into, through + passana -=seeing).

Vipassana means introspection, intuitive wisdom, and intuitive knowledge.

Vipassana is often translated as insight. 

Are we not looking for peace and happiness?  Where to find it?

Many of us complain about the world today, but few are willing to make a real contribution.  What can we give or contribute to the world?  We can begin by giving and contributing to ourselves.  When we find peace and wisdom within, we can become a radiant light for many others who are also looking for peace and happiness.  When we react out of greed, anger and delusion, we are fighting fire with fire, but without reacting, we fight fire with water.  When we are unhappy inside, others are also affected by our unhappiness.  And when we are happy inside, likewise others are also affected by our happiness. 

How does Vipassana meditation help you in finding peace and happiness?

Generally we have perceptions of ourselves and the world around us.  Often our perception is distorted by greed, anger, doubt, fear and delusion.  Often we are not able to see these hindrances very clearly.  When we practice Vipassana we are witnessing the arising of these hindrances and instead of trying to avoid them or push them out of our mind, we see (acknowledge) them by making a mental note of them and then letting them go by bringing our attention back to the meditation practice. Here we can begin to find peace and allow the Insights to arise showing us that all these experiences are transient (impermanent).

Meditation is like medicine for the mind and body.  Like the doctor who needs to understand the symptoms to get to know what is causing the problem before prescribing a medicine that will help cure the illness.  In meditation we are seeing the suffering and understand its cause and using the technique as the cure. If by finding that meditation can benefit us by easing or reducing our suffering, then the results of the practice can bear fruit.  If we don't take the prescribed medicine from the doctor then we will not know if it will work.