Vipashyana (Tib. lhaktong; lhag mthong) 'Clear seeing' or 'insight' meditation.
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
- Reliance upon a spiritual teacher
- Genuinely engaging in extensive study
- Appropriate reflection