The Kanduboda Insight Meditation
The path to obtain worldly pleasures exists always in the world. However the path to obtain Nibbana becomes available only at times of a Lord Buddha. The main purpose of all Buddhas is to salvage the suffering beings from samsara for the attainment of Nibbana. The path all Buddhas have shown for Nibbana is the Insight meditation (Vipassana Meditation). There is no other path other than insight meditation for attaining Nibbana.
There was a time when most Buddhists were more concerned on Dhana and Sila than on insight meditation. But with the Buddha Jayanthi period meditation became more popular. Most Buddhists started to learn meditation. At this time Venerable Kahatapitiye Sumathipala Mahathero went to Burma in search of good meditation techniques and learnt the Satipatthana Vipassana meditation from the Venerable U Sobhana Mahathero, better known as Mahasi Sayadaw. Later Venerable Kahatapitiye Sumathipala Mahathero formed the Kanduboda Siyane Meditation center and started to teach Satipatthana Vipassana meditation technique.
Sathipatthana Vipassana Meditation
Introduced by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, this unique meditation practice is a precise system of scientific investigation by which one develops the power of empirical observation (Sati or Mindfulness) and reveals the underlying nature of the mind and body process. The natural result of a yogi’s efforts in sustained meditative observation is a series of developmental discoveries or “insight knowledges.” These knowledges reveal the true nature of existence. The accumulation and deepening of such transformative experiences builds existential wisdom which cleanses the mind of destructive mental tendencies called kilesas (greed, hatred and delusion). Firm commitment to this meditation practice ultimately leads one to the development of complete mental purity, the experience of which is known as Nibbana.
The late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw was a Burmese meditation master and the founder of our lineage. His clear and thorough instructions are based on the Buddha’s teachings in the Maha Satipatthana Sutta. The power and authenticity of the Mahasi method has been proven over the years by the thousands of yogis who have successfully practiced and achieved the spiritual attainments described in the Buddhist scriptures.
One should try to set aside a period of time every day for mediation. Whether it’s a full hour or just a few minutes is not as important as being consistent and putting in sincere effort in keeping a routine practice. If one sits regularly then one will gradually build the skills and determination (Paramis) helpful for longer retreats. It is during sustained retreat practice that one is most able develop one’s practice and make significant spiritual progress.