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We are a Baltimore Insight (Vipassana) Meditation (BIM) sitting group of the Universalus Community. You do not need to be a member of the Universalus Community to sit with us. We are open to all.
Vipassanā in the Buddhist tradition means insight into the nature of reality.
Vipassana is one of the world's most ancient techniques of sitting meditation, the inception of which is attributed to Gautama Buddha. It is a practice of self-transformation through self-observation and introspection to the extent that sitting with a steadfast mind becomes an active experience of change and impermanence. In English, vipassanā meditation is often referred to simply as "insight meditation".
Vipassanā or Insight meditation differs in the modern Buddhist traditions and in some nonsectarian forms. It includes any meditation technique that cultivates insight including contemplation, introspection, observation of bodily sensations, analytic meditation, and observations about lived experience. Therefore, the term can include a wide variety of meditation techniques across lineages.
Contemplation is rooted in mindfulness. Mindfulness of body, feelings, mind, and objects of mind. By seeing the arising and passing away of mindfulness and contemplations with regard to an origin, it follows that the self (related to the contemplation) arises and passes away, because the contemplation of the arising and passing away of the self is not a tenable position, the not-self arises.
To see through this state of impermanence means to examine things with regard to an origin and by seeing its cessation one can see the arising and passing away to discover their impermanent nature. To see through the mode of unsatisfactoriness means to examine things to determine whether they are satisfactory or are imbued with suffering. To see through the mode of non-self means to see the meditation objects with wisdom. In other words, the non-self arises from observing the arising and passing away of the self, it is seeing the self with wisdom.
While all of the above may seem complicated to understand, it is not even necesssary to do so.
what is important is to "just sit". Just be with yourself, breathing in and breathing out, and observing your thoughts, feelings and sensations.
Note: We are not affiliated with any other larger organization that offers Insight meditation other than the Universalus Inter-Spiritual Community and we also meet at One Wisdom Fellowship
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