Vipassana Meditation

No activity is more important in monastic life than meditation. It is through meditation that a monk achieves serenity, through meditation that he achieves insight and wisdom, and through meditation that he may attain his ultimate goal - enlightenment and nirvana.

Meditation and the teaching of meditation practice look back to a centuries-old tradition in Luang Prabang, where specific meditation techniques have been developed. Vipassana in particular (a meditation technique cultivating awareness and insight) was practiced in some monastic centers that formed around a learned monk. The renaissance of Buddhism in Laos in recent years has made it possible for the monks of Luang Prabang to boldly reintroduce the systematic teaching of, and practice of, Vipassana.

Hans Georg Berger's photographs below of Vipassana meditation moments are drawn from his extensive work in Luang Prabang, more of which may be seen in the Meditation Exhibition at Vat Suvannakhili in Luang Prabang.