Benefits of Vipassana Meditation Practice | Dhamma
Benefits of contemplating materiality and mentality (the highest state of mindfulness)
- A firm and concentrated mind (momentary concentration: Khanika-samadhi);
- Mindfulness and full comprehension to eradicate view of self, being self is attained;
- The root condition to keep away from the defilement is being built up;
- The extraordinary knowledge of the existing moment is attained;
- Laziness is eliminated, intuitive knowledge or insight is gained;
- Liberation from the defilement is accomplished.
Benefits of contemplating sitting
- The mind is firm and concentrated easily;
- Natural phenomena happen clearly;
- Impermanence, suffering, and being 'not self' are explicitly experienced;
- More than in other postures the condition to a reachthe noble path (magga), fruition (phala), and Nibbana are developed;
- Comprehension to achieve dhamma from the basic to the highest is established.
Benefits of contemplating standing
- Incessant contemplation is possible;
- The mind is concentrated easily;
- Unpleasant feeling rarely arises and a small space for the practice is needed;
- In standing, the state of standing is understood instead of only the term;
- Awareness of the root conditions and their relations and nature (arise, exist, and pass away) is gained.
Benefits of contemplating walking
- Patience for a long walk is gained;
- Great effort is gained;
- Food is digested easily;
- The air element inside the body is eliminated;
- Concentration can be held for a long period.
Benefits of contemplating sleeping
- Having no worry and sleeping easily;
- The mind is easily concentrated;
- Being relaxed and making connection with other activities.
Benefits of contemplating other activities
- The gaps between contemplation of primary activities is eliminated;
- Contemplation can be performed continuously;
- Energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom properly support each other;
- Indriya 5 (confidence, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom) become balanced;
- Vigilance, a good memory and work performance are improved.
Things to be cautious about
- Be careful of drowsiness which easily arises;
- One should not sleep too much, 6 hours is a maximum;
- Avoid being inclined to sleep, because laziness will easily arise.
Benefits of Vipassana Meditation in accordance with the four foundations of mindfulness meditation
- Physical and mental health are improved;
- A blissful mind is gained;
- Anxiety and stress become significantly eliminated;
- Full awareness and less mistakes;
- Work performance is improved;
- No fear as a result of mindfulness and full comprehension;
- Doing good without despair and boredom;
- Attachment becomes lightened as a result of having knowledge of noble truth of life (khandha 5);
- Avarice or covetousness (Abhijjha) and hatred (Domanassa) are alleviated or eliminated;
- It is said that the practice enables the meditator to gain insight the four noble truths and achieve the noble path, fruition, and Nibbana in which the liberation from all defilements and sufferings can be reached in this life span.
Alternatively, a reach of the noble path or fruition will be possible in 7 years for those who keep doing the meditation.
In Satipatthanasutta Majjhimanikaya Mulapann asaka [12/103-127], Lord Buddha said :
"Monks, one who keeps performing the four foundations of the mindful meditation through 7 years, certainly he will achieve at least one of two conditions in this life span that is being an Arahant (the worthy one). Another is being a non-returner although one still has the attachment (of khandha 5: corporeality, sensation, perception, mental formations,and consciousness)."
"Monks, besides 7 years, one who keeps performing the four foundations of the mindful meditation through 6 years, certainly he will achieve at least one of two conditions in this life span that is being an Arahant (the worthy one). Another is being a non-returner although one still has the attachment."
"Monks, besides 6 years, one who keeps performing the four foundations of the mindful meditation through 5 years, certainly he will achieve at least one of two conditions in this life span that is being an Arahant (the worthy one). Another is being a non-returner although one still has the attachment."
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"Monks, besides half a month, one who keeps performing such mindful meditation through 7 days, certainly he will achieve at least one of two conditions in this life span that is being an Arahant (the worthy one). Another is being a non-returner although one still has the attachment."
Based on the truth above, Lord Buddha restated as following.
"Monks, this is the only path to purify all beings, to cease the grief and misery, to achieve the noble path, to enlighten Nibbana. And the path is called the four foundations of 70 Phra Athikan Somsak Sorado mindfulness."
As mentioned above, it affirms that the development of Vipassana Meditation is not too hard. Everyone can do in everyday life, only if he/she keeps observing activities and movements of whatever he/she is doing with mindfulness and full comprehension. In doing so, mindfulness and wisdom arise continually, and one's life will not be overcome by the defilements. While completing, goodnessnormally comes to the mind; evil keeps away from it. To keep contemplating means not only to develop but also to preserve goodness. It is suggested that the meditator who seriously dedicates himself/herselfto the practice should have a qualified master who has the knowledge and experience. That master should have practiced intensively and continuously in a retreat at least one year, and he should be able to guide and solve the problems of the meditator's practice. Furthermore, the meditator should find the proper place or training center (tranquil, comfortable to transport, with sufficient food and appropriate accommodation ). Although such favorable things are found, to practice with the greatest effort is still needed, as it is worthless to practice without commitment or to temporarily be away from the suffering. As a result of enthusiastic practice, the meditator will find testimonies as what the noble truth of the world and life are, whether the path, fruition, and Nibbana exist or not, how the extinction of the defilement and suffering is. Waste no time to ask for the answers as they are only found by doing the meditation.