Imagery in the Early Buddhist Texts

Vipassanā — Insight

This is part 20 of a course going systematically through Bhikkhu Analayo's Excursions series.

Illustration by Ayya Vimalayani aka "Ven Yodha"

Insight, or literally "clear seeing," is a result of paying close attention to reality as it actually is. The impermanent, uncontrollable, and unsatisfying nature of experience becomes obvious and the mind lets go of all that which is just the cause of suffering.

Suttas

Similes

Hecker similes: 38, 68, 71 and 83.

Reflection

Vipassana has good PR these days. Did anything surprise you about its presentation in the Canon, as opposed to modern portrayals?