Benefits of Vipassana or Satipatthana

Question: I went for the 10 days retreat. The experience was very fulfilling. On day 4 of the Vipassana program during meditation, I was vividly seeing the events from my childhood more than 35 years ago which upset me very much and I was unable to sleep that night. I was finally able to put […]

Your raagas [likes] and dveshas [dislikes] create future

Question: In yesterday’s YV, he talks about not creating future because of thoughts. So all along we try to think of how to shape the future but it seems that’s counter-intuitive to what’s to be done. The focus should be on the present and not creating the future. This doesn’t mean not planning for retirement […]

Desires put you in a catch 22 situation!

Question: How does one deal with desires? Whereas some desires may be frivolous like clothes, jewelry, material things, and others seem to be existential like taking an extra leadership role at work or leading a volunteering project. But eventually, I have now realized that every desire seems to bring misery with it. At the same […]

NIYATI – The higher management of Karma!

Question: Are all the impressions or the karma we create also ruled by niyati? Are all our raaga and dvesha towards a person also part of niyati? Answer: Do you receive mail? Who brings your mail? Does it fall from the sky into your mailbox? No, there is a messenger who brings it to you. […]

Dealing with disrespectful people using Buddha’s principles of observing sensations!

Question: At work, few people are disrespectful in team meetings. I understand emotions arise due to 1] my dvesha [I do not have a powerful physical voice or authoritative position, etc]. 2] my fear of “trump effect” that the authoritative figure is disrespecting, everyone will think, it’s ok to disrespect. My ‘identity’ is questioned. I am struggling with self-management. […]