Vipassana (Pali; Vipashyana, Skt.), technically speaking is a style  
of meditation but there are many different techniques of Vipassana.  
What most or many people are referring to when they say the word  
"Vipassana" is 'Vipassana as taught by SN Goenka' ( http:// ).

To put this in perspective, there are basically four styles of  

Shamatha or meditation which achieves a "calm state" by transcending  
thought. There are hundreds of different kinds of meditation like  
this, manasika-japa, mental use of mantra, is just one (very  
effective) way.

Vipassana is the calm, transcendent state integrated with the arising  
of thought and sensation.

Beyond this one can *unify* vipassana and shamatha into one.

Beyond that is non-dual meditation which sees all events as  
inseparable wholeness.

Each of these has it's own internal logic, specific path and unique  

On Nov 18, 2005, at 2:01 PM, Kenny H wrote:

> Is Vipassana meditation a generic term for a particular style of
> meditation or is it a specific technique.
> Is there a particular style/form/type (you get the drift) of Vipassana
> meditation that is considered *THE* Vipassana meditation?
> Ken

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