Vipassana meditation is the main style of meditation at the
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and is sometimes referred
to as insight or mindful meditation. Vipassana means to see
things as they really are.
This form of meditation begins with watching one’s breath
and progresses to observing one’s inner changes in terms of
thoughts and bodily experiences. It can be practiced by
sitting or walking. To observe yourself without reacting is
a great acheivement and each time that occurs you get more
centered and skillful. This stops the habit of the knee-jerk
instinctual habits so we are no longer slaves to every whim,
thought or feeling but that arises inside of it but instead
we gain control over the mind.