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Vipassana

Sab Ka Mangal Hoye Re

If you have been to a Vipassana (Goenka) retreat, you are most likely familiar with the stirring chant of  ‘Sab Ka Mangal Hoye Re‘. The following is the lyrics of this prayer: Tera Mangal Hoye Re (May You Be Blessed) Tera mangal, tera mangal, tera mangal hoye re May you be blessed Sab ka mangal,…

Why we Meditate?

Meditation is not easy. It takes time and it takes energy. It also takes grit, determination and discipline. It requires a host of personal qualities which we normally regard as unpleasant and which we like to avoid whenever possible. We can sum it all up in the American word ‘gumption’. Meditation takes ‘gumption’. It is…

Vipassana for Anxiety

When we are going through an anxiety phase, chances are that we have done enough web browsing to be familiar with words like “acceptance”, “self-awareness”, “mindfulness” etc. In this article, however, we do not pursue familiar feel-good spiritual advice that can often be short on practical implementation details. In this piece, we attempt to lay out battle-tested tips to help…

Acceptance without ‘Cognitive Dissonance’

What is ‘Cognitive Dissonance’? Cognitive dissonance assumes that individuals seek consistency between their expectations and their reality. This is best exemplified by the “Fox and Sour Grapes” story. ( Wikipedia: Cognitive Dissonance ) Now, we know that”acceptance” is a popular word in spiritual circles. For example, Vipassana is often described as “seeing things as they are” and “not…

Equanimity in Vipassana

‘Equanimity’ , as we know, is the central prescription of all Buddhist teachings. On the face of it, the meaning and implication of the word ‘Equanimity’ seem simple enough to understand – to be unaffected by the ebb and flow of life. In other words – it is to be unruffled by changing life circumstances. The…

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for OCD

This post is not intended to delve into details of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). A google search will bring up plenty of resources on ACT. I  mention a few below for your reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptance_and_commitment_therapy http://www.actmindfully.com.au/upimages/Dr_Russ_Harris_-_A_Non-technical_Overview_of_ACT.pdf http://contextualscience.org/one_session_hank_robb_video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYht-guymF4 For the current purpose, I would like to analyze ACT with regards to its efficacy for OCD. Being…