Popularly known as Insight Meditation, Vipassanā (literally “seeing intensely”) is found in the early Buddhist texts as part of a contemplative balance as “seeing intensely with tranquility” samatho ca vipassanā. This contemplative endeavor is given by the Buddha as a combined practice of correct ethical behavior, meditation technique, and a disciplined awareness of the interaction experienced with mental-physical phenomena. This practice leads to the cultivation of knowledge (vijjā) of the causes (samudaya) of problematic and dissatisfying mental reactions (dukkha), and the release (nirodha) of them through the arising of wisdom (pañña).

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