by VENERABLE PANNYAVARO
Size: 5.5” x 8.25”
Pages: 132 pages
A practitioner of Vipassana meditation since 1974, Venerable Pannyavaro teaches at the Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Retreat Centre, Tullera, near Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia.
This guidebook by an Australian meditation monk takes an in-depth approach to Vipassana meditation. It describes the required supportive conditions of a retreat centre, with clear and detailed instructions on the techniques, as well as practical advice on how to manage oneself in an intensive retreat environment.
As a guidebook it offers a framework for the teachings based on the source material: The Four Establishments of Mindfulness. It includes sections on mindfulness of the body, being aware of feelings, orientating to the sense doors, the supportive practice of loving-kindness, how to report the practice in the daily interview, difficulties facing meditators and how to work with them, as well as advice on continuing the practice at home.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Pannyavaro is an Australian Buddhist monk who has devoted his life to the meditational aspects of the Buddha's teachings. During his meditation training he practiced under several meditation masters in Sri Lanka and Burma including Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka of Chanmyay Meditation Centre, Rangoon, who is the foremost disciple of the renowned Burmese meditation master, the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw.
Pannyavaro was involved in the beginnings of a number of the very early Buddhist communities in Australia. He later received full ordination at Wat Borvornivet in Bangkok under Venerable Phra Nyanasamvarva, the Sangha Raja of Thailand.
For the past twenty-five years, he has from time to time studied and practiced meditation in most of the major Theravada Buddhist countries, including long periods of intensive practise of Satipatthana-Vipassana meditation at the Mahasi Sayadaw centres in Burma.
As a Western meditation teacher, Ven. Pannyavaro naturally empathizes with the concerns and needs of meditators in their own culture. His long training and life experience combine to bring a practical in-depth approach to the teaching of insight (vipassana)meditation in contemporary life.
Pannyavaro is the resident teacher with the Buddha Dharma Education Association at its Centre at Surry Hills in Sydney and gives retreats from time to time at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, Medlow Bath.
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ISBN 983-9439-19-7 (IJ021/98/05)
Meditation, Insight, Vipassana