Vipassana meditation has not led any body to Nibbana

Buddha Dharshanaya 11

Among the two forms of meditation practised today Samatha (calming the mind) is purely a Hindu and Jain practice which leads to controlling and development of the mind. Buddha message is exactly opposite, to relinquish the mind which creates illusions. By doing such meditation the seeker of the truth gets entangled further in the illusion thus preventing the emergence of the eye of Panna.(loosely called wisdom). It is absolute disrespect to the Buddha word to encourage people to perform a technique that prevents emergence of Panna. With Vinnana active in such meditation it is very clear that it will in no way lead to Nibbana. In fact it inhibits and obstructs the progress to Nibbana.

The notion that one must first control the mind to relinquish it is absolute nonsense.

Moving on to the other type of meditation Vipassana, also called mindfulness (awareness) or insight meditation, in fact the correct English word is mindfulness, because during this technique the mind is filled with millions of thoughts, totally unnecessary. Although it is called insight meditation, since its beginnings in 1875, it has never in anybody produced the eye that sees inside of us. In fact the word “insight meditation” is a misnomer.

Vipassana is not Buddha advice. In Buddha message Vipassana is an important word but he did not recommend such a technique.. Most people do not know that it started only recently as late as 1875. It was created and formulated by a priest in Burma called Ledi Sayado. Another Burmese called Goenka spread this technique all over the world. Before 1875 there was no Vipassana meditation.

In 1956 when Sir John Kothalawala was Prime Minister the Government accepted the suggestion by the priests to introduce this meditation to Sri-Lanka for the first time. Originally when Burmese came to Sri-Lanka to copy the Tripitaka (about 500 years after it was written) there was no Vipassana meditation. There was a priest called Sumathipala who was in Burma at the time when the decision was made to bring Vipassana to Sri-Lanka, was asked to learn this type of meditation. He came back later and established the first Vipassana meditation centre in Sri-Lanka at Kanduboda in 1956. This centre is still active in meditation.

So Vipassana meditation was made in Burma in 1875 and exported to Sri-Lanka in 1956.

Now let us see what is actually done in this technique. Will it help to relinquish the mind or will it strengthen the activity of the mind.

We must not forget Buddha’s basic advice here that if alertness of the mind is maintained via Vinnana, there is no opening to the path to Nibbana. In fact the gates to Nibbana remains closed tightly as long as Vinnana is active.

There are several sub-divisions of Vipassana meditation. In every division the mind is filled with millions of thoughts, THE VERY THING BUDDHA SAID MUST AVOID. The Buddha’s message is “chetho-vimukthi” – to achieve freedom  from thoughts – exactly the opposite.

Reflection (by thinking) and of rejection of the physical body is one of the main divisions of Vipassana. This is also called “pilikul bhavana”. Thinking of what the body is made of such as bones, flesh, nails and hair etc. and rejection of them as “dirt” is the basis of this meditation. Here the body is considered (again by thinking) an impure, offensive, reject able mummy. A part of this meditation is done in cemeteries to see dead bodies and skeletal remains.

Why on earth do we do that when Buddha has said to unearth the eye of Panna from the physical body by doing a well known technique called “KAYANUPASSANA”. According to Buddha Panna is based in the body. “KAYANUPASSANA”  MEANS SEEING THE BODY THROUGH THE EYE OF PANNA.  It is totally erroneous and a disgrace to the Buddha message that  in traditional Vipassana meditation the body is seen not through Panna, but through the ordinary eyes as bones, flesh, nails and hair etc.

Also it disrespectful and an utter disgrace to reject the body as “dirt” when Buddha has said to unearth the eye of Panna through the body. To reject the seat of Panna is unbelievable and tells us why nobody has attained Nibbana via Vipassana meditation.

It is in Brahmana tradition the body is rejected as “dirt” and mind is held as Supreme, exactly opposite to Buddha’s words. In Buddha message the mind is relinquished (left behind) and the body is seen through the eye of Panna. You will see here clearly disparity between the Buddha message and Vipassana meditation.

Mettha or loving kindness is another form of Vipassana meditation where the mind is filled with thoughts of loving kindness. However kind and compassionate these thoughts are, they are still thoughts and arise in the mind where Vinnana is active. This, from very basics of the Buddha message is an obstruction to Nibbana. Thoughts whether they are good or bad has the same result in blocking the path to Nibbana.

Also the person who thinks of such kind thoughts very well know that no body gets better just because he/she created some good thoughts about others. Then why do they think as such?. That by thinking about others the meditating person expect to get a benefit for his/her progress. This is selfishness at its peak and enhances the notion of “self” rather than getting rid of it. In any case here Vinnana is active.

Another Vipassana type is to be alert about thoughts that is generated in the mind. The meditator does not realise that this alertness in itself a thought. Thoughts are then classified as good (wholesome) and bad (unwholesome) and bad thoughts are rejected and good thoughts are cultivated. No brain is necessary to understand such a simple fact that this process creates further thoughts. Also here one asks the illusive mind to decide on good or bad. This is an instance where the question is asked from the magician itself whether what it created is good or bad. Furthermore one good thought may be a bad one for another person.

Somehow through this imported Vipassan mediation the Brahmanic traditions have crept into Buddhist practice and has changed pure Buddha message completely to a  Brahmanic practice exactly what Buddha said should not happen.

In summary Vipassana meditation is not Buddha word but a later addition as late as 1956 to Sri-Lanka..

It should be easy now to understand why Vipassana meditation has not led anybody to Nibbana since its inception in 1875 in Burma.

Dr Gamini Abhaya


To be continued…….

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