Fundamentals of Vipassana Meditation

by Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw | 24,609 words

Vipassana means 'insight' or 'perception'. This book helps prepare your mind for meditation. It conists of a series of lectures and is meant for people new to Vipassana Meditation....

Appendix - Glossary

action: kammanta-

right- : samma-

wrong- : miccha

activities, volitional: sankhara

adverting: avajjana

aggregate: khandha

-of grasping: upadanakkhandha

air: vayo

- element - dhatu

analysis: vavatthana

- of four elements: catudhatuvavatthana

analytical knowledge of mind and matter: nama rupa pariccheda nana

apperception: javana

attainment: samapatti

awareness: vinnana

becoming: bhava

birth: jati

body: kaya

- of body: kayanupassana

sphere: gati

bad- : duggati

good- : sugati

calm: samatha

characteristic: lakkhana

chronic state of life: satatavihara

Compendium of Philosophy: Abhidhammattha sangaha

comprehension: sampajanna

concentration: samadhi

concept: pannatti

concomitant (of mind) cetasika

confidence, faith: saddha

consciousness: vinnana

constituent (of Path): (magg-)anga

contemplation: anupassana

- of body: kayanupassana

- of feeling: vedananupassana

- of mental factors: dhammanupassana

- of mind: cittanupassana

continuity: santati

craving: tanha

death, dying: marana

death mindfulness: maranassati

deed: kamma

bad- : akusala-

good- : kusala-

defilement: kilesa

dependent origination: paticca samuppada

desire (will): chanda

determining consciousness: votthapana

deva sight: dibbacakkhu

- hearing: dibbasota

- world: devaloka

device: kasina

divine state: brahma vihara

door (sense door): dvara

effort: vayama

right- : samma vayama

ego (self): atta

element: dhatu

equanimity (indifference): upekkha

establishment of mindfulness: satipatthana

factor of enlightenment: sambojjhanga

faculty: indriya

faith (confidence): saddha

feeling: vedana

form (matter): rupa

formless: arupa

foul thing: asubha

fruit(ion): phala

function (property): rasa, kicca

going to the refuge: saranagamana

grasping: upadana

happiness, happy: sukha

happy condition in this world: dittha dhamma sukhavihara

higher knowledge (superknowledge): abhinna

hindrance: nivarana

immoral (action): akusala

impermanence: anicca

inferential insight: anumana vipassana

initial application: vitakka

insight: vipassana

intimation: vinnatti

investigation consciousness: santirana

- knowledge: sammasana nana

investigation of dhamma: dhamma vicaya

knowledge nana

- analytical, of mind and matter: nama rupa pariccheda nana

- of desire for deliverance: muncitu kamyata nana

- of (by) discerning conditionality: paccaya pariggaha nana

- of dissolution: bhanga nana

- of indifference to formations: sakharupekkha nana

- of reflection (re observation): patisankha nana

- of repulsion (disgust): nibbida nana

- of rise and fall (rising and passing away): udayabbaya nana

- of the fearful: bhaya nana

- of tribulation: adinava nana

law: dhamma

life continuum: bhavanga

livelihood: ajiva

right- : samma-

wrong- : miccha-

loathsomeness of food: ahare patikula sanna

love: metta

lower states: apaya

manifestation (mode of appearance): paccupatthana

matter (material, physical, form): rupa

means of accomplishment: iddhipada

meditator: yogi

mental quality (mind, psychological): nama

mind: mana, citta

- and matter: nama rupa

mindfulness: sati

mode of appearance: (see manifestation)

moral (action): kusala

moral habit (morality ): sila

neutral feeling: adukkha m-asukha vedana

Never returner: (non returner): anagami

Noble (Noble One) Ariyan

-eightfold path: ariyo atthangiko maggo

notion: sanna

- of permanence: niccasanna

not self: anatta

object: arammana

object - latent: arammananusaya

old age: jara

Once returner: sakadagami

Order (of arahts): sangha

origin (origination, cause): samudaya

part of enlightenment: bodhipakkhiya

path: magga

the ariyan- : ariyamagga

Path of Purity (Purification): Visuddhi Magga

perception: sanna

permanence (permanent): nicca

pity (compassion): karuna

pleasant (pleasurable, happy): sukha

power: bala

practical (personal insight): paccakkha vippassana

process: vithi

property (function) rasa

proximate cause (immedediate occasion): padatthana

purity: visuddhi

quietude (tranquillity): passaddhi

rapture: piti

reality: paramattha

reason: vimamsa

rebirth consciousness: patisandhi citta

receiving (recipient) consciousness: sampaticchana

recollection: anussati

refuge: sarana

respiration: anapana

retentive (registering) consciousness: tadarammana

round of rebirth: samsara

self (ego): atta

sense (sensual) object: kama

Silent Buddha: paccekabuddha

specification (analysis): vavatthana

speech: vaca

right- : samma

wrong- : miccha-

Stream winner: sotapanna

Stream winning: sotapatti

subject of meditation: kammatthana

subsequent process: anuvattakavithi

suffering (ill, misery, pain): dukkha

Supreme Buddha: sammasambuddha

supreme effort: sammappadhana

sympathy (sympathetic joy): mudita

theory of the self: attavada

thought: citta

right- : samma sankappa

wrong- : miccha sankappa

- moment: cittakkhana

three gems: tiratana

tranquillity: passaddhi

transcending doubts: kankhavitarana

unpleasant: dukkha

view (wrong view) ditthi

volitional activities: sankhara

will (desire): chanda

wisdom: panna

wrong: miccha