The word Vipassana comes from the language (Pali) spoken by the Buddha. It is derived from the root passana, which means “to see” or “to observe”. Vipassana means seeing things “as they are, and not as you would like them to be”. It is the art of “mere observation” or “bare observation”, without the interplay of bias and prejudice.
Vipassana meditation is the technique that liberated Siddhartha Gautam and made him a Buddha 2500 years ago. The word “Buddha” is an adjective and symbolizes a completely purified person – a person who has no mental defilement.
Since then the technique has done wonders to millions of suffering people across the world. The best way to explore the technique is to join a 10-day course conducted by Vipassana International Academy throughout the world. Now it is even transforming the prisons and the prisoners.