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'''Vipashyana''' (Tib. ''lhaktong''; ''lhag mthong'') 'Clear seeing' or 'insight' [[meditation]].
 
'''Vipashyana''' (Tib. ''lhaktong''; ''lhag mthong'') 'Clear seeing' or 'insight' [[meditation]].
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===Etymology===
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''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===
 
===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. ''bhavanakrama'') mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana
  
 
1. Reliance upon a spiritual teacher<br>
 
1. Reliance upon a spiritual teacher<br>

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Vipashyana (Tib. lhaktong; 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. bhavanakrama) mentions three prerequisites for developing vipashyana

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