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'''Vipashyana''' (Skt. vipaśyanā; Tib. ''lhaktong''; [[Wyl.]] ''lhag mthong'') - 'clear seeing' or 'insight' [[meditation]].
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'''Vipashyana''' (Skt. ''vipaśyanā''; Tib. ''lhaktong''; [[Wyl.]] ''lhag mthong'') 'clear seeing' or 'insight' [[meditation]].
  
 
===Etymology===
 
===Etymology===
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*''Vi'' is short for ''vishesa'', which means ‘special’, ‘superior’, or ‘particular’.
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*''Pashyana'' , means ‘to see’ or ‘to look’.
  
''Vi'' is short for ''vishesa'', which means ‘special’, ‘superior’, or ‘particular’. ''Pashyana'' , means ‘to see’ or ‘to look’. ''Lhak'' is ‘unique’ and ''tong'' is ‘seeing’. So, it means ‘to look at things in a very direct and especially clear way’.  
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*''Lhak'' is ‘unique’ and  
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*''tong'' is ‘seeing’.  
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So, it means ‘to look at things in a very direct and especially clear way’.  
  
 
===Prerequisites for Vipashyana===
 
===Prerequisites for Vipashyana===
[[Kamalashila]]’s second ''[[Stages of Meditation]]'' (Skt. ''bhavanakrama'') mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana
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[[Kamalashila]]’s second ''[[Stages of Meditation]]'' (Skt. ''Bhāvanākrama'') mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana:
  
 
#Reliance upon a spiritual teacher<br>
 
#Reliance upon a spiritual teacher<br>

Revision as of 17:09, 7 October 2008

Vipashyana (Skt. vipaśyanā; Tib. lhaktong; Wyl. lhag mthong) — 'clear seeing' or 'insight' meditation.

Etymology

  • Vi is short for vishesa, which means ‘special’, ‘superior’, or ‘particular’.
  • Pashyana , means ‘to see’ or ‘to look’.
  • Lhak is ‘unique’ and
  • tong is ‘seeing’.

So, it means ‘to look at things in a very direct and especially clear way’.

Prerequisites for Vipashyana

Kamalashila’s second Stages of Meditation (Skt. Bhāvanākrama) mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana:

  1. Reliance upon a spiritual teacher
  2. Genuinely engaging in extensive study
  3. Appropriate reflection

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