A CLARIFICATION OF INSIGHT MEDITATION VIS- A-VIS TOTAL CLEANSING OF TAINTS – Rathnasiri, R.M.

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A CLARIFICATION OF INSIGHT MEDITATION VIS- A-VIS TOTAL CLEANSING OF TAINTS
Dr. R. M. Rathnasiri
B.A. Bud & Eng. / (BPU) / M.A. Eng. Ling. (UKEL) / M.A. Bud. / Ph.D. Bud. (PGIPBS)
Nāgānanda International Buddhist University, Manelwatta,
Sri Lanka
rathnasiri66@gmail.com/ +94711461105
Abstract

Bhāvanā (meditation) is the development of wholesome doctrines of Mind (Bhāvetikusaladhammevaḍḍhetītibhāvanā).The two major types of meditation designated in Buddhism are Samatha and Vipassanā. Concentration meditation (samathabhāvanā) suppresses mental defilements that cause mental problems and unwholesome behaviour. It is a requisite for meditation. Nevertheless, in concentration meditation, defilements remain dormant in mind. Insight meditation (vipassanābhāvanā) eradicates defilements uprooting them and leading to the ultimate goal of Buddhism – the realization of Nibbāṇa. However, samatha or samādhi lays the foundation for vipassanā or Insight meditation. According the Vijja-bhagiyaSutta,the two qualities which have a share in clear knowing are Tranquility (samatha) and Insight (vipassanā). When tranquility is developed, mind is developed, and when the mind is developed, passion is abandoned. When insight is developed, discernment is developed, and when discernment is developed, ignorance is abandoned. Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus, from the fading of passion is there awareness-release. From the fading of ignorance is there discernment-release. Hence, this article deals with the methods of Insight meditation that leads to total eradication of defilements.

Keywords: Meditation, Concentration, Insight, Cleansing of Defilements,

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