Seminar held at Dhammagiri in 1990
The Seminar on Vedana and Sampajanna, held in 1990 at Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, was an important milestone in the acknowledgement of Vipassana Meditation as the quintessence of the Buddha's teaching. The papers presented at this Seminar gave detailed insight into these two very important terms from the Pali canon and are inspiring to meditators and scholars interested in the Buddha's teaching.
Introduction to the Papers Presented by VRI
Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) is an organisation that was established for conducting research into the pariyatti (theory) and patipatti (practice) of the Buddha's teaching. It also conducts research on the application of Vipassana in such fields as health, education and social development. The Institute is adjacent to Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri where regular courses in Vipassana meditation are offered. VRI also offers a Pali language study programme and publishes works of interest to Vipassana students. It integrates theoretical principles of the non-sectarian teaching of Gotama the Buddha with the practice of Vipassana meditation.
Vipassana Research Institute has undertaken the task of interpreting certain words that are of great importance to the practice of the Buddha's teaching. This seminar has been organized to help elucidate such terms, the understanding of which, play a crucial role in Vipassana meditation as taught by Gotama the Buddha-vedana and sampajanna. It is important that meditators understand these two terms so that they may practice seriously, with confidence, free from confusion.
There is tremendous gratitude for all of the pioneering efforts in translating the sayings of the Buddha into English and other languages. As a result of these efforts many people have come into contact with and have been inspired by his precious teachings. However, the translation of one language into another is difficult and often imperfect, even more so when it comes to the words of the Fully Enlightened One. When the Buddha uses technical terms that are the crux of meditation techniques, these terms have very specific and specialised meanings. Corresponding terms in other languages may not, and often do not, exist. For this reason translations must continue to be refined and updated because a clear understanding of these words serves as an essential guide to the practice. As one develops in the practice, one's understanding deepens, which in turn allows for more accurate translations of the Buddha's teachings.
In presenting these papers, it is hoped that the understanding of the Buddha's words will become more precise and that students of meditation will be able to work free from doubt and confusion to experience real peace and happiness. Certainly, the coverage of these two terms, presented in these papers, is incomplete. Additional work is needed in order to shed light on many other suttas in the Tipitaka and its commentaries where these terms are contained; research must continue-both theoretical and practical.
Why Vedana and What is Vedana?
The Importance of Vedana and Sampajanna
Vedana and the Four Noble Truths
The Significance of Vedana in Vipassana
Relevance of Vedana to Bhavana-maya Panna
Significance of the Pali Term Dhuna in the Practice of Vipassana Meditation
Types of Vedana and a State Beyond Vedana
Vedana in Paticcasamuppada
Vedana in the Practice of Satipatthana
Importance of Vedana
The Causes of Vedana
The Comprehension of Vedana, the Sambodhi of the Buddha
The Importance of Kaya-samphassaja-vedana in Vipassana Meditation
Samisa and Niramisa in Meditation
Sampajanna-the Constant Thorough Understanding of Impermanence
The Parinnaya of Vedana
The Importance of Vedana and Sampajanna in Vipassana Meditation
The Four Sampajanna
The Buddha and His Noble Path
Vipassana and Vedana as Understood by a Novice
Importance of Vedana and Sampajanna in the Vipassana (Insight) System of Meditation
Vedana and Aniccasanna of Vipassana in the Pali Text
Kamma and Vedananupassana
The Impact of Thorough Understanding (Sampajanna) on Sensations (Vedana)
The Routine Duties of a Meditator: Sampajanna
Feeling and Right Perception in Vipassana Meditation