As you read this, I’m beginning a period of silence I’ve been craving for some time. I know some of you are curious about the process, and I look forward to talking about it with you upon my return. For now, check out these beautiful quotes from SN Goenke, whose teachings I will be following for the next ten days. I’ve also included two awesome videos that I think you’ll enjoy – would love to know what you think of it! Both documentary films show prison meditation programs using the vipassana method – one in Alabama, and one in India. Both are extraordinary films and makes you wonder why this isn’t adopted over the entire world – not just in prisons, but in schools and workplaces too. What a world that would be!
“For real happiness, for real lasting stable happiness, one has to make a journey deep within oneself and see that one gets rid of all the unhappiness and misery stored in the deeper levels of the mind.”
“A sensation appears, and liking or disliking begins. This fleeting moment, if we are unaware of it, is repeated and intensified into craving and aversion, becoming a strong emotion that eventually overpowers the conscious mind.”
“The observation of the physical sensations without reaction during Vipassana meditation produces a remarkable effect. It causes the old stored-up past conditionings such as anger, hatred, ill-will, passion, etc. to come to the surface of the mind and manifest as sensations. Observation of these sensations without any reaction causes them to pass away, layer after layer. Your mind is then free of many of these old conditionings and can deal with experiences in the life without the color of past experiences.”
“We create misery for ourselves, suffering now and in the future, because of one moment of blind reaction. But if we are aware at the point where the process of reaction begins–that is, if we are aware of the sensation–we can choose not to allow any reaction to occur or to intensify… in those moments the mind is free. Perhaps at first these may be only a few moments in a meditation period, and the rest of the time the mind remains submerged in the old habit of reaction to sensations, the old round of craving, aversion, and misery. But with repeated practice those few brief moments will become seconds, will become minutes, until finally the old habit of reaction is broken, and the mind remains continuously at peace. This is how suffering can be stopped.”
Doing Time with Vipassana
Have you seen either film?
Have you ever done a vipassana course? Would you?
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