Vipassana part 2

Just back from my 2nd Vipassana course and few things have become very clear – Without regular practice, Retreats done annually do not help – so friends keep pushing me to be at it -Have you ever seen an old movie or re-read a book and felt that its a whole new message? Its possibly due to the changed “I”- the person who was reading the book has changed between the two sessions. Well, the reality is that the person is changing with each chapter, each page, each paragraph, each word & maybe each letter. Am not sure I have

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What is vipassana?

Disclaimer: I have attended just one course and my understanding of Vipasanna might be inaccurate. I would recommend interested people to read literature on the same by Goenkaji or actually attending the course. ————————————————————————- Vipasanna is best summarized as a meditation technique that revolves around body sensations. Sounds strange- right? But apparently this strange but simple technique was what helped Siddarth Gautam (The Buddha) to progress on his path of enlightment & nirvana in top gear ! So here’s how this course approaches the technique: – For the first 3 days one is asked to practise what is called Aana-Paana.

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My first vipassana course- part 2

Couple of masala-teas later,when the shock of the situation had been absorbed, I started figuring out how best to utilize my time before the registration (which was to start at 1400hrs). AY had already told me about a good trek to Bhagsu village, but I needed to freshen up and dump my stuff somewhere. The chai shop owner told me that I could go into the center office once it opens at 0900 hrs and use the facility even before registering. So sharp at 9, I walked into the campus;told the guy that I just reached a little early for

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My first Vipasanna course- part 1

Life is best lived if one learns to read the signs (so says the Alchemist) and most of us have at some point or another read those signs and followed em. Vipasanna was one such sign that had been staring me in the face for almost 3 years. The first I heard about this seemingly tough course was when I was back in Chennai and had met AYs mom for the first time. Not sure what prompted her to say this, but she asked me to attend a Vipasanna course at the earliest possible. I used to think that maybe

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