"Insight, is the intuitive light flashing forth and exposing the truth of impermanency, the suffering and the impersonal and unsubstantial nature of all corporeal and mental phenomena of existence. It is Insight-wisdom that is the decisive liberating factor in Buddhism, though it has to be developed along with the two other trainings in morality and concentration. The culmination of Insight practice leads directly to the stages of Holiness. Insight is not the result of a mere intellectual understanding, but is won through direct meditative observation of one's own bodily and mental processes."
- Ven. Nyanatiloka
The online meditation course has been hosted here since 1997. Our 12 week course provides a clear and practical introduction to tranquillity and insight practices originating in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism but beneficial to all. The course is usually offered in January, April/May and September each year. Join us for our New Year session in January.
All of the documents on this site take their lead from the Pali Canon; the most authoritative record and guide to the historical Buddha's teachings. They are part of a living spiritual tradition that continues to flourish after two and a half millennia. These documents provide contextual background for our meditation practice.
We are an independent site promoting a balanced approach to the practice of meditation. We aim to offer resources to help nurture and sustain a fulfilling and effective meditation practice.
In addition to presenting the core texts of early Buddhism we are developing an online library featuring some of the finest modern writing on meditation.
Our newsletter contains details of our new courses and items of interest to those meditating in the vipassana and samatha traditions.
What is vipassana?
In the Pali language of the early Buddhist texts, vipassana means insight. It is often used to describe one of the two main categories of Buddhist meditation (the other being samatha or tranquillity).
What is Theravada Buddhism?
The southern form of Buddhism now found mainly in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. It is the oldest living tradition and its core teachings are based on the word of the Buddha as found in the earliest texts.
Are your courses only for Buddhists?
Definitely not! Most of our participants are not Buddhist. We always have a wide range of people of many different faiths (and of no faith) on our courses. We explain the context in which these particular meditation practices developed but our aim is to help people to learn to meditate, in a clear and systematic way, to see if it is useful in their lives - whatever their existing beliefs.
Association with the Wise by Bhikkhu Bodhi