Meditation is an essential mean to transform the mind and to achieve more mental peace and happiness. Thereby meditation refers to any practice that helps to increase concentration, mindfulness and insight. Within this subsite of Project Vipassati you find written (ebooks and books) and oral instructions (multimedia) from highly respected teachers and spiritual masters. If you want to go a step further and intensively practice meditation with a qualified teacher, you find links to very carefully chosen meditation centers around the world (related to Shunryu Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh, Taisen Deshimaru and Jon Kabat-Zinn).
The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây), our spiritual teacher, founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School for Youths of Social Services in Vietnam. When not travelling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, he teaches, writes, and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people. There is also a Thai Plum Village not far from IBC.
The EIAB offers a complete program of training in concrete methods for using the wealth of the Buddha’s teachings to relieve suffering and promote happiness and peace in ourselves, our families, our communities and in the world. The training fully integrates the study of Buddhist texts with concrete applications at all levels of daily life.
It offers courses for the growing number of people interested in Tibetan language, culture and philosophy. Philosophy classes are taught by Geshes selected by the LTWA Board for their experience and good reputation. Their explanations are usually given in Tibetan and are translated into English by experienced interpreters. Classical Tibetan and Indian Buddhist texts are selected as the focus of study to provide first-hand knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, psychology and ethics. The student body typically includes Tibetan and foreign students including postgraduate scholars. Classes include meditation practice, lectures and discussion of texts and scriptures.
The home page of the organization which offers courses in Vipassana Meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Kin as taught by S.N.Goenka and his assistant teachers. There are numerous Centers in India and Southern Asia; six Centers in North America; seven Centers in Europe; seven Centers in Australia/New Zealand; and one Center in Japan. Each Center maintains its own schedule of regular ten day Vipassana courses.