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This is the Noble Eightfold Path:
 
1. Right view  
Sammā-diṭṭhi
2. Right thought
Sammā-saṅkappa
3. Right speech
Sammā-vācā
4. Right action
Sammā-kammanta
5. Right livelihood
Samma-ājīva
6. Right effort
Sammā-vāyāma
7. Right mindfulness 
Sammā-sati
8. Right concentration
Sammā-samādhi

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by Ven. Ledi Sayadaw
This high-quality print double-header title contains two classic works by  Venerable Ledi Sayadaw (1846- 1923). Ven. Ledi Sayadaw was  a Burmese monk, highly developed and respected in  both pariyatti (intellectual/ scriptural knowledge) and paṭipatti (practice/ meditation). He is was the first monk in the Burmese Sangha to teach Vipassana meditation to lay persons. One of his leading students was a lay farmer Saya Thetgyi, who the Sayadaw instructed to also teach others. One of his students was Sayagyi U Ba Khin, the great lay teacher of S.N. Goenka.
 
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Below an excerpt from 'The Noble Eightfold Path and It's Factors Explained', from the chapter on ‘Right View’:
 
Oppression by burning (santāpa)
The senses are the source of so much suffering by means of the defilements, which they awaken in the hearts of people. These defilements are like great fires, which are continually re-fuelled and burn without dying down from the beginningless past to the endless future in the round of birth and death. These great fires are three in number: the fires of greed, aversion, and delusion, and when they are re-fuelled through the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind, they ensure that one’s future in samsāra will be long and miserable. It is right-view knowledge that gives one understanding of the immense sea of sufferings born of attachment to sense pleasures, whether in the sensuality sphere, the fine-form sphere, or the formless sphere.
 
2. Right View of the Causal Arising of Suffering
In the round of birth and death, so long as there is attachment to the senses as “mine” or “myself,” so long continues oppressiveness and suffering. So it is craving, desire, and greed connected with the senses that is the true cause for the arising of suffering. It is right-view knowledge that gives one understanding of the causal arising of suffering by way of craving.
 
3. Right View of the Cessation of Suffering
In whatever life the craving and greed connected with the senses finally cease, the suffering and oppression finally cease as well. The senses do not arise again after the death of the person who has extinguished craving.
It is right-view knowledge that gives one understanding of the cessation of craving.
 
4. Right View of the Path Leading to the Cessation of 
Suffering

When, as a result of practicing Dhamma in general and developing the mind in meditation in particular, the true nature of the senses is seen and understood, craving connected with them ceases in this very life. It does not arise again and so sense oppression likewise does not arise.
It is right-view knowledge that gives one understanding of the true path leading to the cessation of craving. Among all the parts of the Noble Eightfold Path, this right view of the Four Noble Truths is most essential.
This concludes the brief exposition of right view of the Four Truths.
II. Right Thought

This is explained under three headings:
1. Thoughts of renunciation
(i.e. generosity).
2. Thoughts of non-harming
(i.e. loving kindness).
3. Thoughts of non-violence
(i.e. compassion).
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How to find 'Vipassana' Resources
on our Website

Pariyatti offers resources about Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka, as well as traditional texts in the Theravāda tradition; valuable to meditators, seekers and scholars.
The ‘Vipassana’ tab, located top-right on our website takes you to vipassanabookstore.org, a great stating point to find materials directly relevant to the practice of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka.
There is introduction material for aspiring students, or people wanting to know more about the technique (without having completed a 10-day course yet), as well as old-student resources, for those already practicing.
 
We highly recommend The Art of Living by William Hart, the first book to appear in English accurately describing the practice of Vipassana at length for the general reader. This title is available in many languages; in print, Ebook and Audiobook.
The Introduction to Vipassana talks, given by our teacher S.N. Goenka on different occasions, are a great resource too, available to download in MP3.
 
Podcasts on ‘Realizing Change’, a title that gives voice to old students telling about their experience during and after a course can be found here.
We currently offer 188 ‘Vipassana’ products and resources. To find them all you have to click on ‘Books, Audio & Video’ (top bar) and then Vipassana Meditation & Old Students (left menu) -> which will take you here
As so many resources are on offer in various formats and often for FREE, browsing our online store is like an adventure where you are bound to get sidetracked. Don’t worry: all the products related to Vipassana are visibly tagged and easy to recognize throughout the whole website!

Pilgrimages

We are pleased to inform you we have added another itinerary to the list of Pariyatti pilgrimages*; 
 
Applications for the first edition of The Path Continues… in January 2018 are now open.
*Pariyatti pilgrims are expected to be serious meditators who are committed exclusively to practicing Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka
Starting off with a one-day course at Dhamma Pala (Bhopal), this wonderful 15-day journey through Western India allows participants to visit and meditate at Sanchi, Ellora, Ajanta and other famous sites connected to the teachings of the Buddha, including several impressive stupas, caves and temples.

The journey will be broken up with two more one-day courses - one at Dhamma Giri (the epicentre of S.N. Goenka’s Vipassana tradition); the other at the Global Vipassana Pagoda.

Upcoming Pilgrimages:

Along the Path - India & Nepal
October 31 to November 21, 2017
*
February 8 to 23, 2018 (In Chinese language only)
Applications closed
*
February 28 to March 21, 2018

 

The Golden Path - Burma
December 13 to 30, 2017 

 

The Path Continues - Western India
January 4 to January 18, 2018

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Pāli Workshops

For the past few years Pariyatti has organised residential Pāli workshops for Old Students of S.N. Goenka who practice Vipassana regularly. Different teachers have gracuously donated their time and knowledge during these courses and it is always great to hear participants feeding back what in particular was of value to them.

The most recent teacher was Klaus Nothnagel, who kicked off the workshop with translating the opening formalities, recited by students during a 10-day course. Most courses in the USA offer the formalities in English, but in bi-lingual and old student courses all over the world students recite the Pāli version.
One workshop participant mentioned that reading these formalities in the original Pāli and discussing the grammatical structure of the sentences opened up insights into the true meaning of these words. "For instance, when taking the five precepts, the literal translation of the Pali means ‘I undertake the training rule to abstain from [killing, stealing, wrong speech, sexual misconduct, intoxicants]’. "Even within the grammatical structure the practicality and personal nature of the Noble path can be understood", she said.
Klaus had shared how learning this Pāli as a young meditator had been so inspiring for him, as he understood that the precepts are given as training rules, undertaken voluntarily for one's own benefit in developing on the path, not given as abstract commandments that must be followed blindly, something the participant mentioned she related to as well.

Meditation teacher S.N. Goenka studied Pāli himself, and discourses exist in which he discusses certain suttas, including the Anapana Sati Sutta and the Dhammacakka Pavattana (Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion) Sutta. During the Pāli workshop participants translated several of those suttas and were ‘treated’ on Goenkaji’s discourse on that particular sutta during the evening. “It was great to have that deeper connection,” reflected one participant. 
 
The Buddha uttered some suttas as prose, where some (parts of) suttas are verses, with a rhyme scheme and meter. During the workshop, participants were taught to chant several suttas, and became aware that ‘verses’ were much ‘easier’ to chant than the prose. “We learned to pause before starting each verse,” explained a participant, “and feel sensations – thus be present with reality with the base of anicca. [Chanting like this] was a strong experience… [It was] good to connect with these ancient words while chanting.”
The aim of a Pāli workshop is to provide greater access to the words of the Buddha. Goenkaji has emphasized that Pāli workshops such as these are very beneficial; they help meditators develop their inspiration to practice and improve their understanding of the theoretical aspect of Dhamma. 
 
​The workshop are set up similarly to a 10-day Vipassana course, with recordings of Goenkaji’s chanting played in the morning and three group sittings a day. As at Vipassana courses, the course is offered for free (dāna-based), the teacher is not paid and all meals are prepared by volunteering servers.  Serving a Pāli workshop is a wonderful and rare opportunity to develop one's pāramīs, strengthen one's practice, and meet many Dhamma friends. During breaks servers can join classes and receive the benefit of learning the direct words of the Buddha. 
Upcoming Dates:
Introductory:
January 7 - 17, 2018
*
Intermediate:
January 17 - 21 2018
 
Temecula, California, USA
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​Learn Pāli for free at Pariyatti’s Learning Centre (PLC). The PLC currently offers an ‘Introduction to Pāli’ course, an intermediate Pāli course - Exploring the Path - and a course called Buddhasahassanāmāvali that uses verses by Vipassana meditation teacher S.N. Goenka as the basis for learning Pāli.
Above a screenshot of the first part of a quiz about the noble truths (filled out) - Introduction to Pāli.
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Dhamma Verse by S.N. Goenka
 
Mind is the root of our bondage,
mind is the means of our liberation.
A polluted mind remains shackled,
an unpolluted mind becomes freed.
 
Mana bandhana kā mūla hai,
mana hī mukti upāya.
Vikṛta mana jakaḍā rahe,
niravikāra khula jāya.
 
 
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