Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka, is a straightforward, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and this to lead a happy, useful life. Vipassana means “to see things as they really are”. The technique is a process of mental purification through self-observation.
Upon request I happily host Weekly Vipassana Meditation, Group Sittings, in Kaslo BC for those who have already completed a 10 day course with Goenka and are established in the technique. Please call Sheena to inquire: 1-306-881-8949
From time to time we all experience agitation, frustration and disharmony. We suffer as a result, and then we do not keep our misery limited to ourselves; instead we keep distributing it to others. This is not a proper way to live. We wish to be at peace within ourselves, and with those around us. After all, human beings are social beings; we have to live and interact with others. How, then, can we remain harmonious ourselves, and maintain peace and harmony around us?
Vipassana teaches us to observe the reality within ourselves at deeper levels. Through objective observation we gain insight into the causes of our agitation or dissatisfaction. Out of ignorance we have kept reacting to situations in a way that is harmful to ourselves and to others. But when wisdom arises and one comes out of this habit of blind reaction one is capable of real action – action proceeding from a balanced, equanimous mind, a mind that sees and understands the truth.
Vipassana meditation enables us to dissolve tensions and to unravel the knots within, and in this way to lead a more positive, balanced and happy life – full of peace, harmony and goodwill for others.
A UNIVERSAL TECHNIQUE
Although Vipassana was practiced and taught by the Buddha, the technique contains nothing of a sectarian or religious nature and is acceptable to people of any background. Starting from an understanding that all human beings share the same problems, it offers a method of eradicating these problems that can be applied by all. Moreover, it involved no dependance on a teacher; Vipassana teaches one to be self-dependant.
Vipassana courses are open to anyone sincerely wishing to learn the technique. Members of many religions – monks, nuns, priests and lay people – take courses and practice Vipassana, as do people of no particular faith.
Courses are run solely on donation basis. There are no charges for the courses, no even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who organize and assist on the courses volunteer their time.
Vipassana is a practical technique which enables one to lead a more positive balanced and happy life.
In order to learn Vipassana meditation it is necessary to take a ten-day residential course under the guidance of a qualified teacher. Ten days of sustained practice have been found to be the minimum amount of time in which the technique can be learned. During the retreat students remain within the course site, free from outside distractions. They refrain from reading and writing, and suspend religious practices or other disciplines. They follow a full schedule of meditation, with daily instructions and an evening discourse elaborating on the technique. They also observe silence, not communicating with fellow students; however they may speak with the teachers whenever necessary and contact the staff for needs related to food, accommodation, health, etc.
For the duration of the course students try to avoid actions which cause harm or agitate the mind. They undertake to abstain from killing any living beings, stealing, speaking falsely, sexual activity and the use of intoxicants.
During the first three days students learn how to calm and focus the mind with the help of the breath. On the fourth day they learn Vipassana itself; the observation of sensations throughout the body, the experiential understanding of their changing nature, and the development of a balanced mind.
On the tenth day students resume speaking, making the transition back to a more extroverted way of life. They learn how to share the benefits received during the retreat with others. The course concludes in the early morning of the eleventh day.
Vipassana Meditation… is so wonderful. It is just 10 days of your life… take the 10 days, learn the technique and enjoy real peace, real happiness, real harmony.
APPLYING FOR A COURSE
For more information about course dates and to apply online visit: http://www.dhamma.org
- BC – Vipassana Meditation Centre of British Columbia: Dhamma Surabhi – Merritt, BC, CANADA*