Vipassana – is this a spiritual process for clearing the mind? What is the Christian view?

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by Grey Tower:

I’d never heard this word before, never mind know what it’s about, and I have till Saturday afternoon to respond to a question on whether this is some sort of harmless activity or if it’s demonic. Help!
Bless you, Harriet, but if I haven’t grown up by now, then I’m a lost cause!
Ernest, you are so right when you warn of the dangers of clearing ones’ mind. What will fill it? There is a very real danger in laying oneself open to outside influences, and to being manipulated. “Except a mind be renewed in Christ, it remains old and in the dark, and except the heart be changed, the mind serves the sinful heart. What is the benefit of being mindless?” Quite so.
Here is a link that explains the difference between Christian meditation and other forms of meditation: http://www.gotquestions.org./Christian-meditation.html

Answer by Harriet Pilkington
” or if its demonic?” grow up woman

13 Comments

  1. It is a Buddhist meditation technique
    “for seeing things the way they really are”
    In the end the goal of buddhism is to elevate yourself…just another form of humanism in the wrapper of a fat jolly man

  2. It is indeed a Buddhist meditation technique. Being a method for helping us to see deeply into truth, it is actually similar to some of the practices of Christian mystics, monks and nuns, and certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with demons.
    Btw – the jolly fat man is a Chinese representation. The Buddha was almost certainly very thin.
    Edit.
    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
    I read some of these answers and I despair. Surely we should all have come out of the Dark Ages by now.

  3. Harmless? Absolutely not. It is a step toward Buddhism and a step away from God. So, it is not harmless. In Proverbs, Wisdom warns the young man not to wander and hang out in the doorstep of a brothel. Temptation will overtake him and he will fall. If he stays far from the brothel, he is much less likely to fall. Same is true with Vipassana.
    Demonic? Possibly. Depends on how one answers: Is Buddhism demonic. If so, then yes, visassana would be also. If one believes Buddhism is man’s creation, then vipassana would be man-made as well. Still wrong from a Christian perspective.
    This leads to the big question: Is everything that is non-Christian demonic? But that’s a different question, let’s not go there.
    A religion as large as Buddhism would have to be inspired, at its roots, by the great tempter, the great liar, Satan. What better religion for Satan to start than Buddhism….all about peace and love…but all about ME and not about God. Sounds like Satan’s game, eh?
    That makes vipassana demonic and should be stayed away from.
    Peace.

  4. Why would anyone want to clear their mind?
    That would be passivity.
    Then what do you suppose will come in?
    Except a mind be renewed in Christ it remains an old, darkened mind.
    The mind is servant to the heart. Except the heart be changed the mind still serves the sinful heart.How can it do otherwise?
    And how does clearing the mind deal with the problem of sin?
    And how is any to come to know their sin?
    What is the benefit of being mindless? To lay aside the critical faculties and be open to superstition? Or what men tell you?
    If you don’t use your legs or feet then you cannot walk anywhere. Someone else will have to carry you. If you don’t use your hands you cannot do anything. Someone else will have to do it for you.
    So if you do not use your mind how can you understand anything? Then someone else who does use their mind can manipulate you. They will think for you and you can be sure it will be what they want to think.
    But God can only be known for yourself and not by what men teach but by His revelation of Himself,
    And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
    For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
    Now if you know Him for yourself will He not teach you? You have His word, will He not show you?
    If not then you cannot show another.
    If you do not depend upon Him then how can you lead another to depend upon Him?
    So depend upon Him. If you do, will it not be possible that the words you use be from the spirit of the Father?

  5. Vipassana Meditation is Buddhist Meditation as found in the Theravada tradition.
    Any meditation that is not meditating on either the Word of God or Gos Himself would allow any outside influence to lead your thoughts.
    God told us to meditate on His word and never let it leave our lips, this sort of meditation would ignore that teaching.

  6. First of all I am adding a version about (Vipassana- Meditation):-
    “Vipassana Meditation
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    The Technique
    Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.
    This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.
    Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
    The scientific laws that operate Ono’s thoughts, feelings, judgments and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
    ——————————————————————————–
    The Tradition
    Since the time of Buddha, Passing has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. Although Indian by descent, the current teacher in this chain, Mr. S.N. Goenka, was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was at the time a high Government official. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. Since then he has taught tens of thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him meet the growing demand for Vipassana courses.
    ——————————————————————————–
    The Courses
    The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.
    The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation.
    The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix Ono’s attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.
    By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.
    Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.
    A short video (5.7 MB) about the observation of breath and bodily sensations in this technique can be viewed with the free QuickTime movie player.
    The entire practice is actually a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind.
    There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Passing, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also.”
    As a true Christian, we believe what ever we are, it is through His Grace, where as the principalities as regard to the said system is an effort to control oneself through own effort of meditation.

  7. In a nut shell it is a Buddhist meditation process. Its to clear the mind and using this technique to heal yourself. This may sound harmless enough, but to the true Christian, it would be putting your faith in yourself instead of Jesus. This is a sort of faith healing, by the use of your own mind. I feel this undermines the work of Jesus and Faith. This method is used to heal all human aliments. It takes the doctor out of the picture also. While our minds can do several things, including some healing, but if it doesn’t come from God, this faith of this method, then it could be said it’s not of God and may well be demonic.

  8. I am very advanced in this technic and I can tell you, you will get a very present mind. And make less sins.
    In deeper meditation I made an experience, that there is a god.

  9. Big Guy, its a sin to not use your brain. This blog is the deepest of the deepest dark ages… It is so hard for me to accept that in this world where education is available to help people think beyond archaic superstition about the universe, it still exists. Meditation has nothing to do with or without god. It’s like bathing has nothing to do with or without god. Good greif.

  10. I was many times in India and I am very happy and lucky that I have not fallen under any influence of yoga, hinduism, buddhism or meditation techniques. It took me longer time to realize that Satan, Jesus, angels and demons existed before the Earth was created, so Satan is for sure the author of all non-Christian religions. An empty mind, thoughtless and ego-less is just ideal for demons to enter human body.

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