Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a serene mind, happiness follows,
As surely as one’s shadow.
The Vipassana (pronounced vi PAH suh nuh) Group is a twice weekly gathering of diverse individuals who practice meditation and study the teachings of the Buddha according to the Theravada (pronounced terra VAH duh) school of Buddhism, the traditional Buddhism of Southern and Southeast Asia. The Vipassana Group first met at Ekoji in November 1994, and began weekly Friday meetings on March 3, 1995.
Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of their meditation experience, religious background or affiliation, or those with no religious affiliation.
Vipassana is a Pali word which literally means “clear-seeing,” or seeing with clarity and precision; insight. Through the practice of meditation and by studying and applying the Buddha’s teachings in everyday life, one learns to see things more clearly and with greater understanding. The causes and conditions that shape one’s thoughts, feelings, judgments and sensations become clearer. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness (“mindfulness”), non-delusion, self-control and peace.
As a way of strengthening our spiritual practice, the Ekoji Vipassana Group strives to host visiting teachers throughout the year. Past teachers we have hosted include Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, Susan Stone, and Thanissaro Bhikkhu. In addition, we hold 2 self-led weekend retreats annually at The Clearing in Amelia County. We also encourage our members to attend outside retreats as their schedules permit.
Wisdom is born from meditation.
Not to meditate is loss.
Know the difference between gain and loss.
Make the choice to walk where wisdom grows.
As a deep lake remains still and clear, So do wise ment, listening to the teachings, Attain a serene mind. ~Dhammapada 6:77