This form of meditation is widely practiced in Theravada Buddhism. Its goal is the realization of the three marks of existence: suffering, impermanence, and " no-soul." It leads to the realization of the true character of Emptiness. Vipassana and Samadhi are considered prerequisites for attaining nirvana by Theravada Buddhism.
vipassanaa]: Clear intuitive insight into physical and mental phenomena as they arise and disappear, seeing them for what they actually are â€” in and of themselves â€” in terms of the three characteristics (see ti-lakkhana) and in terms of stress, its origin, its disbanding, and the way leading to its disbanding (see ariya-sacca).
Insight, seeing things as they are. Also used to refer to insight meditation, a technique that develops attention to the arising and passing away of conditioned phenomena (Theravada) or attention to the emptiness of conditioned phenomena (Mahayana).
"To see things as they really are", many forms of passive or insightful meditation aimed at heightening one's awareness, releasing previously suppressed thoughts and feelings and developing a natural system of biofeedback.
VipassanÄ (PÄli) or vipaÅ›yanÄ (Sanskrit) means "insight". While it is often referred to as a type of Buddhist meditation, the practice taught by the Buddha was non-sectarian, and has universal application. It does not require conversion to Buddhism to practice vipassana meditation.