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November 26, 2004
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Hi upfront
had a few probs locating the original thread about vipassna. I've been doing this type of meditation for 6 years now.
I have only ever done the 10 day courses that you can read about on the http://www.dhamma.org and I recommend them simply because they are soley focussed on learning and practising the technique with teachers who have dedicated their time to teaching the technique free of charge, and have sat long courses such as 30 to 60 day courses and been doing vipassna for years (20-50years) so they are well established in the technique and can guide you! The centres are supportive as there are no external distractions.
Its just important to note how tough the courses are- no talking, up at 4am, bed at 9. And meditation all day- about 14 hours. Also for the 10 days no other worshipping of religious icons or gurus etc, no debates on alternative methods or belief systems at the centres. So choose carefully its better to do the whole course rather than leave early. If you are is it alcohol recovering?? you may need to talk to teachers to see whether and when such an intense course would be best for you.
Part of the course uses tapes but the main teacher Mr Goenka says this is kind of so intense its like a brain surgery- lots of emotions memories and stuff can surface- which can be hard to deal with. So being near teachers in a centre can keep you safe and focussed. Essentailly vipassna is a technique that teaches you that everything changes, to see how you react under different conditions (sleepy, grumpy, hungry) and to increase the sharpness of yur mind to detect how your mind is reacting to things!! For this you will work on the breath for a while to sharpen the mind, and then you will focus on your sensations and practise being even minded rather than happy or irritated, and you will not be distracted by your thoughts but try to keep on the task! When you begin to see how you feel is what you think and your own reactions you can choose to be calm in all situations and happy!

December 28, 2005
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yes? what does 'vipassna' mean?

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