Vipashyana meditation gets you through the laser field in the Great Hall.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 26, 2011
get elephant's newsletter

Vipashyana meditation isn’t spiritual, esoteric…it’s practical: it gets you through the laser field in the Great Hall.

Vipashyana meditation is, in a sense, the second stage of meditation practice, when one raises one’s gaze. As with the first stage, Shamata (a more focused, grounding meditation practice), it’s immediately relevant to all aspects of life.

Vipashyana, however, unlike Shamata, brings one’s meditation practice closer to everyday living. Now, obstacles and confusion, klesha (emotional tangles) and intuition all come up clearly on your radar, as you look out into one’s awareness, to the world and life about you.

You see everything coming. If you’re distracted for one second from the present moment, it’s game over. Life is like this, only less dramatically so, usually:

Meditation instruction:

“…..Nowness is sometimes referred to as the fourth moment. That may sound more mystical than what is meant. You have the past, present, and future, which are the three moments. Then you have something else taking place, which is called the fourth moment. The fourth moment is not a far-out or extraordinary experience as such. It is a state of experience that doesn’t even belong to now. It doesn’t belong to what might be, either. It belongs to a non-category—which provides another sense of category. Thus it is called the fourth moment.

That is the state of vipashyana, or the state of non-ego. The Tibetan term for this is lhakthong dagme tokpe sherap, which means “the knowledge of egoless insight.” It is a very real experience in which nothing can be misunderstood. It is such an overwhelming experience. The experience comes at you. You experience it precisely and in great detail.”

“Meditation and the Fourth Moment” was a lecture in “The Tibetan Buddhist Path” class taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during the first summer session of the Naropa Institute, in July 1974.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Vipashyana meditation gets you through the laser field in the Great Hall.”