What are the Limits of Insight Meditation – Vipassana? Views. Beliefs. Concerns. Questions. Reflections
What are the limits of Insight Meditation (Vipassana)? Twelve concerns, plus reminders for reflection, concerns, questions to explore.
The benefits make an immense contribution to ethics, a depth mindfulness/concentration and wisdom.
The insight meditation tradition provides a wealth of valuable practices to gain insight into dissolve hindrances to awakening and contribute to a sane way of living, so we face existence/non-existence directly without distraction.
Let us ensure that our insights into insight meditation (vipassana) also reveal our views on this practice.
Our exploration includes practice of meditation, reflections on meditation/practice, questions and much more.
Here are 12 Limits to Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Views, Beliefs and Concerns
A view that morality/ethics are confined to the five precepts
An exaggerated emphasis on striving and strong determination
Belief that the path of insight meditation by itself leads to enlightenment
Belief in meditation, meditation, and more meditation
Belief practice is primarily a daily meditation, once or twice a day
Dryness of the formal practice,
Inability to cope with the wide variety of emotions
Ongoing adherence to the same techniques with one medicine for all attitude
Rigidity of views.
Tendency to go over the same old ground in the mind
Tendency to get stuck in the same method and technique
Treating sexuality only in moral terms or versus celibacy.
Various teachers and yogis do feel concern about the issues raised above.
Insight meditation is a tradition of seeing clearly – a powerful and effective tool. No tradition is above criticism. Long-standing dedicated practitioners connected with the practice can get into a rut around meditation, techniques and forms.
The practices liberate us from grasping and from emotional and psychological imprisonment to expand the heart-mind. The same practice can imprison us into a fixed system of meditation through clinging.
Questions and Reflections for the Meditator
Am I liberated or am I stuck?
If I do not know an authentic liberation, then what holds me back from realization?
What conditioned tendency in habit or thought is getting in the way?
Have I tasted a depth of freedom, even briefly, after all this practice?
What am I prepared to explore to awake up fully?
Insight meditation is a shorthand way of saying “We meditate for insights. We meditate to see the conditions for dependent arising and respond to them.
Meditation (mindfulness/concentration) constitue two features in the Noble Path. Every aspect of our life, and the field of existence/non-existence, requires exploration if we wish to wake up.
To realise the emptiness of the ego through direct realisation frees up the whole being beyond the reach of birth, change and death.