Are the vipassana techniques, taught through the Mahasi & Goenka centres, relatively new inventions based on commentarial works?
Is vipassana in the Nikayas, portrayed as more of a reflective and contemplative exercise coupled with jhana, where sati is a faculty that is developed (satipatthana) rather than a technique?
I ask, since some people seem to say that the whole path & wisdom that the Buddha offered can be summed up in one simple technique. If that were the case the Buddha could have just given this simple technique and forgot about the several thousand discourses he taught.
I have always thought (not always
) that there was a touch of the jains/niganthas in the modern day vipassana techniques. The emphasis on what amounts to deliberately induced pain is reminiscent of ascetic practices of old, as if somehow you can burn up old kamma, through pain, (like the draining of a battery/quite ridiculous
!). That is why I ask if these techniques are relatively new.