Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Out of Office

For the next ten days, I will be participating in a silent meditation course to learn a technique called Vipassana.


Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills.

This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose. 

Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. 

The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace. 

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To see what a typical day will be like for me while I am away, click here.

To read about the tradition of Vipassana, click here.

Wish me luck!

3 comments:

  1. very cool Ratna! I think you will find this very enlightening. I have studied and practiced both spiritual and martial meditation and it is indescribable. I cant wait to hear how it goes! (:

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  2. beyond jealous... have an amazing time!

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  3. gr8 goin........me 2 ventured into this at bout d same age as u.......it is sth 2 gud......bt d results take sm time.......so b patient......luck.....

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