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Information on Vipassana Meditation As Taught By S. N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Dhamma Podcasts from Pariyatti.org primarily consist of Goenkaji's public talks and Q&A given in 2002 during the Meditation Now tour. Periodically, other speakers discussing various aspects of Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka will also be included. Copyright Vipassana Research Institute 2002 - For personal use only. May not be modified for commercial purposes without the permission of the Copyright holder.
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June 16, 2017
Dr. Panth, a Buddhist scholar, was the inaugural speaker for Pariyatti Presents.... Watch his talk The Revival of Pilgrimage in India.
Dec. 15, 2016
Our Best and Most Lasting Gift: The Universal Features of Meditation a lecture by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. delivered at the University of Colorado, Boulder This talk was originally written in response to an invitation from multiple sponsors at Yale University. Various versions of this talk were given at Northeastern University, New York University, The University of Washington, Seattle; The University of British Columbia, Vancouver; the University of Colorado, Boulder; Harvard University, and Brown University, as well as at Dhamma Patapa Vipassana Center, Georgia. This particular version of the talk was recorded at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is meant as an introductory talk that uses no technical language, and that contains explanations that require no previous biological knowledge. (Please understand that due to recording problems, the question-and-answer session ends abruptly.) Another recording of this talk from the University of Washington, Seattle is geared more towards a university audience. It is a little more technical, and may perhaps be appreciated more by someone familiar with biological understanding. It looks upon meditation from a biological standpoint. Paul R. Fleischman audio recorded at the University of Colorado, Boulder Sept. 29, 2016 59 minutes (with 15 min. Q. & A.) PDF download of the talk also available below Listen to the audio using the player below. Download Audio (50 MB) Download PDF (1 MB) Copyright, 2016 Paul R. Fleischman There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.
Sept. 12, 2016
Our Best and Most Lasting Gift: The Universal Features of Meditation a lecture by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. delivered at the University of Washington, Seattle This talk was originally written in response to an invitation from multiple sponsors at Yale University. Various versions of this talk were given at Northeastern University, New York University, The University of Washington, Seattle; The University of British Columbia, Vancouver; the University of Colorado, Boulder; Harvard University, and Brown University, as well as at Dhamma Patapa Vipassana Center, Georgia. This version of the talk was recorded at the The University of Washington, Seattle is geared more towards a university audience. It is a little more technical, and may perhaps be appreciated more by someone familiar with biological understanding. It looks upon meditation from a biological standpoint. Another recording of this talk from the University of Colorado and is meant as an introductory talk that uses no technical language, and that contains explanations that require no previous biological knowledge. If you want to listen to both talks, consider listening to the Colorado talk first. Paul R. Fleischman audio recorded at The University of Washington, Seattle April 21, 2016 1 hour 4 minutes PDF download of the talk also available below Listen to the audio using the player below. Download Audio (62 MB) Download PDF (1 MB) Copyright, 2016 Paul R. Fleischman There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.
May 3, 2016
Webu Sayadaw was important for two reasons. One was that in his time he became one of the most venerated monks in Burma; he was known as an arahant, a fully-liberated person. And the second reason is that he encouraged Sayagyi U Ba Khin, Goenkaji's teacher, to start teaching meditation without delay. For a householder to be encouraged by a monk of such standing, gave Sayagyi enormous status, prestige and backing in his work throughout his life. In this video, Patrick Given-Wilson explores this important relationship between Ven. Webu Sayadaw and Sayagyi U Ba Khin taking us through the significant life events of this inspiring monk who was known for giving all importance to diligent practice over scholastic achievement. Copyright 2016 Dhamma Bhumi, Australia For more information about Vipassana meditation please visit Dhamma.org. Books and audio resources are available for purchase from the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
April 2, 2016
“After finishing high school I was not sure what to study next. Philosophy was one of the possibilities, it seemed interesting, but I knew I did not really want to learn other people’s theories and thoughts, but rather how to live a good life myself. Wisdom was what I was looking for . . . .” In this final Realizing Change Dhamma podcast, Come and See!, meditators share stories confirming that the search for truth is a very personal journey. An ancient technique of meditation, Vipassana is as relevant now as in the past and the direct personal experience of one’s own inner reality, mind and body, as it changes moment to moment, is at the core of the practice. 12 - Come and See! as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 29 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (41 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2016 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
March 2, 2016
For the harmonious development of individuals and society, proper integration of science and Dhamma is essential, yet they are often perceived as irreconcilable. Dhamma for many people today has become identified with sectarian religions, ritual, community conflicts and a stubborn resistance to any logical scrutiny of beliefs. Science meanwhile is usually associated with thoroughgoing materialism—the view that matter is the only reality. In this month’s Dhamma podcast, One Truth - Vipassana, Science and Spirituality, we focus on how Vipassana elevates shared spiritual values over superficial differences, and points a way towards genuine understanding and reconciliation within and between diverse faiths, traditions, and science. 11 - One Truth - Vipassana, Science and Spirituality as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 54 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (77 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2016 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Feb. 1, 2016
Political, social and economic problems have always existed but with today’s almost instant communications, we can see just how widespread these are: the frightened refugees vowing revenge, another tainted food scare, the latest corruption scandal. Why even now, we may ask, do these same patterns keep recurring? Why have world organizations like the U.N. and individual governments not been able to deal effectively with problems such as communal tension, poverty, unemployment and abuse of power? Do we ever learn? In this month’s Dhamma podcast, Managing Oneself - Vipassana, Work & Social Action, we focus on how Vipassana offers an alternative approach to solving these problems and the untold misery they cause. Know-how and resources are certainly necessary but above all wisdom is required. Listen to how people from various professions and backgrounds apply the benefits of vipassana in practical ways to tackle these global problems. 10 - Managing Oneself - Vipassana, Work & Social Action as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 74 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (72 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2016 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Jan. 6, 2016
“His physical condition worsened, the atmosphere at home grew increasingly tense and he seriously considered closing down his dental clinic. As a last resort, on the recommendation of a neighbor, he joined a ten-day Vipassana retreat, never thinking he’d be able to complete it. With faith and sheer willpower he learned to meditate and noticed an unmistakable lessening in the pain which had become his constant companion.” A combination of physical, mental and social factors makes up the whole person. Each one contributes to our evolving state of health. But of these mind is most important because it is the central directing force of our entire life and activity. In this month's Dhamma podcast, Healing Mind - Health and Vipassana, we share stories from meditators about the impact vipassana has had helping them face mental disorders, physical illnesses, addictions, and ultimately, death. 9 - Healing Mind - Health and Vipassana as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 54 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (79 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2016 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Nov. 11, 2015
“Grown ups think that children don’t have problems, but we do . . . missing my mum, worrying about school work,feeling lonely, getting angry with my little sister. Why do I get so upset? Can’t I stop being bad tempered? …” Children come to learn meditation with many of the same aims and hopes as adults. Some hope “to become nicer to be around.” Others wish to be able to deal with stressful situations or to become more self-confident. In this month's Dhamma podcast listen to the inspiring experiences and stories of young people who have taken a children’s course. 8- The Compass - Vipassana and the Young as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 37 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (52 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Oct. 18, 2015
"Speaking for myself, we all need a way to face suffering. Suffering includes everything from the knowledge of our own mortality and ultimate aloneness, to the more immediate miseries of each person’s life….When an inmate finishes a Vipassana course, he or she has had a glimpse of freedom, perhaps for the first time. Hope and confidence arise from the knowledge that the source and the end of all misery lies within." In this month's podcast, Chapter 7 " Freedom Behind Bars - Vipassana in Prisons," we explore how Vipassana courses conducted in prisons are attracting interest as they affect penal systems and treatment programs around the world (India, Taiwan, Thailand, Nepal, USA, New Zealand, and UK). Listen to inmates, prison guards, and administrators express their stories after sitting a 10-Day Vipassana course. 7 - Freedom Behind Bars - Vipassana in Prisons as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 47 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (65 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Sept. 12, 2015
“For as long as I can remember I believed that every person had the right, and the ability, to achieve peace and happiness. When it did not happen for me automatically, as all my childhood (and adult) fairytales had promised, I was lost. No one had given me any practical way of overcoming the pain and suffering that I was experiencing. Would meditation help? A few tentative enquiries led me to Vipassana meditation as taught by Mr S.N. Goenka of India….” In this month's podcast, Chapter 6 "On the Path," we hear students tell their own stories of transformation, from first sitting, through years of practice and service, to the responsibilities of teaching. 6 - On the Path as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 63 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (58 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Aug. 12, 2015
“I have practiced Vipassana meditation every day for three months now. The rewards are great. The change in my life is enormous. I used to drink alcohol every day to survive the stress, now I can live without it. I was having a lot of trouble with my son, but since I learned not to react, not to get too angry, the relationship has taken a positive turnaround...” This audio podcast is Chapter 5 of a twelve-part series from the upcoming audiobook Realizing Change by Ian Hetherington. It examines how to build on what’s been gained and how to keep growing on the path after a course. 5 - The Course Experience - After as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 42 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (60 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
July 21, 2015
People sometimes feel that meditation is an introverted and rather selfish activity. “What about the ills of the world while you are contemplating your navel!” Vipassana is a self centered technique in the sense that only by working correctly on ourselves can we really be in a position to help others. But the whole thrust of the meditation is towards dissolving the false ego we have created and which now controls us. Little by little, as we transcend selfish egotism, we naturally want to turn the inner-directed energy and insight outwards. In this way we complete the circle of self and others. This audio podcast is Chapter 4 of a twelve-part series from the upcoming audiobook Realizing Change by Ian Hetherington. It examines the course program detailing how it helps students get the most from their retreat. 4 - The Course Experience - During as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 69 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (67 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
June 12, 2015
"I hung the brochure with the course schedule on the wall of my room, and often looked at it in disbelief. Counting the meditation periods, I kept thinking, is that really ten hours? Are they nuts? Am I nuts? What am I doing here? Why am I doing this to myself? Something had drawn me to the place, certainly, but as the ten-day course geared up to begin, I still could not pinpoint what it was." This audio podcast is Chapter 3 of a twelve-part series from the upcoming audiobook Realizing Change by Ian Hetherington. It investigates why many students have travelled thousands of miles to attend the 10-day vipassana retreat and how they came to be there. 3 - The Course Experience - Before as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 32 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (46 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
May 21, 2015
Meditation means different things to different people. In the West the word commonly carries a very loose meaning connected with “thinking things through,” “pondering,” “reflecting.” It can also have associations with prayer or religious contemplation, relaxation and altered states of consciousness. Interest in “meditation” has been growing steadily since the 1960s but the breadth of definition can be confusing. It covers such a range of activities which use the same term in very different ways. To lots of people it remains a hazy area, even weird. What’s it all about? This audio podcast is Chapter 2 of a twelve-part series from the upcoming audiobook Realizing Change by Ian Hetherington. 2 - What Is Vipassana Meditation? as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 18 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (26 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
April 13, 2015
This audio podcast is Chapter 1 of a twelve-part series from the upcoming audiobook Realizing Change by Ian Hetherington. Alongside an account of the technique, each chapter is a sampling of the voices of meditators from different communities: young and old, female and male, simple and sophisticated. Some contributors’ names have been altered by request. Each has his or her own story—how they came to Vipassana, what they’ve learned, the struggles, the gains; all humanity at the water’s edge, finding common refreshment in a practice focused on peace, happiness, compassion and loving kindness. 1 - Challenge and Change as read by Ian Hetherington recorded 2014/2015 21 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (30 MB) Realizing Change: Copyright, 2015 Pariyatti There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore. May all beings be happy!
Jan. 15, 2015
Cultivating Inner Peace a lecture by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. Even in the context of modern life, inner peace can be cultivated, and can grow amply in your life. To facilitate inner peace, meditation is most effective when it is realistic, pragmatic, and free from dogma or cult. In his talk, Dr. Fleischman will discuss the practice of meditation based on non-sectarian, universal truths. This practice can be explained rationally and unfolds into a harmonious way of life, enhancing love, compassion, joy and peace.  A question-and-answer session follows the talk at 1:06:07 of the audio file. Paul Fleischman Weyhauser Chapel at Macalester College June 25, 2001 1 hour 39 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (45 MB) Copyright, 2015 Paul R. Fleischman There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.
Nov. 20, 2014
On March 14, 2012, Paul Fleischman visited Google headquarters in Mountain View, California and gave a talk about Vipassana meditation to Google employees. A Question-and-Answer session followed afterward (located at 57:39 of the recording). Paul Fleischman Google March 14, 2012 1 hour 05 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (31 MB) Copyright, 2014 Paul R. Fleischman There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.
June 4, 2014
This is a talk by Dr. Paul Fleischman followed by a Q. & A. session at Tufts University in December 2012. Paul Fleischman Tufts University December 2012 1 hour 25 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (41 MB) Copyright, 2014 Paul R. Fleischman There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.
Nov. 4, 2011
A talk and Q&A from Paul Fleischman's visit to London in May 2011. Paul Fleischman London, UK May 2011 1 hour 21 minutes Listen to Audio Download Audio (39 MB) Copyright, 2011 Paul R. Fleischman There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.