Vipashyana, aka: Vipaśyanā; 1 Definition(s)

Introduction

Vipashyana means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Vipaśyanā can be transliterated into English as Vipasyana or Vipashyana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Vipashyanā (vipaśyanā), Skt. (Pali, vipassa­nā); insight, clear seeing; intuitive cognition of the three marks of existence, namely, the impermanence (anitya), suffer­ing (duhkha), and egolessness (anātman) of all physical and mental phenomena. In Mahāyāna Buddhism, vipashyanā is seen as an­alytical examination of the nature of things that leads to insight into the true nature of the world—emptiness (shūnyatā). Such insight prevents the arising of new passions. Vipa­shyanā is one of the two factors essential for the attainment of enlightenment; the oth­er is shamatha (calming the mind).

Source: Shambala Publications: General

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