Vipassana Meditation. What is it?

Vipassana Meditation. What is it?

So what is a Vipassana Meditation Course you ask? Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind, and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness.

This truth- realization by direct experience is the process of purification.

The entire path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems, and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be practiced freely by everyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion, and it will prove equally beneficial to one and all.

The 10 day retreat daily schedule looks like this:

4:00am Morning wake-up bell
4:30- 6:30am Meditate in the hall or in your room/pagoda
6:30-8:00am Breakfast break
8:00am-9:00am Group meditation in the hall
9:00am-11:00am Meditate in the hall or in your room
(according to the teacher’s instructions)
11:00am 12noon – Lunch break
12:00-1:00pm Rest, and interviews with the teacher
1:00pm-2:30pm Meditate in the hall or in your room
2:30pm-3:30pm Group meditation in the hall
3:30pm- 5:00pm Meditate in the hall or in your room
(according to the teacher’s instructions)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Tea break
6:00pm – 7:00pm Group meditation in the hall
7:00pm – 8:15pm Teacher’s discourse in the hall
8:15pm – 9:00pm Group meditation in the hall
9:00pm – 9:30pm Question time in the hall
9:30pm Retire to your room; lights out

Rinse and Repeat.

You can find more information about Dhamma Vipassana Meditation Centers HERE.

 

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