Vipassana meditation and the Buddha's teaching
Quoted from S N Goenka (shown in picture) when asked about the Buddha's teaching of Vipassana:
"When I began to learn Vipassana meditation, I became convinced that Buddha was a not a founder of religion, he was a super-scientist. A spiritual super-scientist.
When he teaches morality, the point is, of course, there that we are human beings, living in human society, and we should not do anything which would harm the society. It’s quite true. But then—and it’s as a scientist he’s talking here—he says that when you harm anybody, when you perform any unwholesome action, you are the first victim. You first harm yourself and then you harm others. As soon as a defilement arises in the mind, your nature is such that you feel miserable. That is what Vipassana teaches me."
See http://www.dhamma.org for more information about Vipassana and the 100 centres around the world where 10-day courses by S N Goenka are taught.