IN THE PRACTICE OF VIPASSANA we try to stay in “the present moment.” Everyone knows what the “present” means: Now. But what, precisely, is a “moment”? How long does it last? And when does the present moment become the past?

In Vipassana the word “moment” has two definitions. The first could be called the “practice-moment.” (“Practice” refers, of course, to meditation practice.) The second is the moment of consciousness itself.

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