Friday, October 4, 2013

Gratitude and other quotes

"Those who have a strong feeling of gratitude, and a wish to serve others without expecting anything, are very rare people." 

 - Buddha

 " The only conversion involved in Vipassana is from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation... " 

- S.N. Goenka

 "Throughout life, one encounters things that one does not like, and is separated from things one likes. The Buddha went to the root of this problem, and discovered the solution (of Vipassana) for liberation from all misery. He realized that we keep reacting to the pleasant and unpleasant sensations we feel on the body, with craving and aversion. And due to these mental impurities or habit patterns, we remain agitated and miserable."

 - S.N. Goenka

Mr. Goenka elaborated in a talk at Dhamma Nasika, in Nashik city, near Igatpuri, India, on March 5, 2005:

"Dhamma is invaluable. As soon as a fee is charged, it will become the Dhamma of the rich. Those who have money will try to gain peace by paying the highest price. But they cannot gain peace because when Dhamma becomes a commercial commodity, it fails to bring peace. No one should make the mistake, now or in the future, of turning a Vipassana centre into a commercial organization."

 - S.N. Goenka


The technique of Vipassana is a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life. Vipassana means "to see things as they really are"; it is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation.

Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. It was rediscovered 2500 years ago by Gotama the Buddha, and is the essence of what he practiced and taught during his forty-five year ministry. 

During the Buddha’s time, large numbers of people in northern India were freed from the bonds of suffering by practising Vipassana, allowing them to attain high levels of achievement in all spheres of life. 

Over time, the technique spread to the neighbouring countries of Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Thailand and others, where it had the same ennobling effect.

Vipassana Research Institute

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