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Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana means to see things as they really are. This group is for the primary purpose of discussing your experiences, questions, and insights with Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka.

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Latest Activity: Jan 2, 2012

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Equanimity 4 Replies

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Jeanne Nov 2, 2009.

The Buddha and Modern Science 2 Replies

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Ron Alexander Nov 1, 2009.

Bodhisattva in metro - video 1 Reply

Started by Elizabeth Feisst. Last reply by Elizabeth Feisst Oct 6, 2009.

Right Thought 2 Replies

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Ron Alexander Sep 15, 2009.

True Middle Path

Started by Ron Alexander Sep 13, 2009.

Ten Days of Silence for Peace of Mind 2 Replies

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Ron Alexander Sep 12, 2009.

The Dhamma Brothers 2 Replies

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Ron Alexander Sep 3, 2009.

Praises for Vipassana Meditation 9 Replies

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Ron Alexander Sep 1, 2009.

In Search for Stillness - Monkey's Mind or Monk's Mind? 1 Reply

Started by Ron Alexander. Last reply by Elizabeth Feisst Aug 29, 2009.

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Comment by Terry on July 13, 2010 at 10:01am
Thanks Ron for adding the Goenka United Nations video!

That video was one of the first I saw of Goenka 10 years ago prior to my first 10-day course. Goenka certainly has a way of presenting universal ideas in a clear and succinct manner.

I am happy you experienced a 3-day retreat, and applaud your interest in serving!

@Mike: Great to "see" you remaining active in discussion.

Metta all.
Comment by drmike on July 12, 2010 at 5:32pm
Goenka's at the UN.
Comment by Ron Alexander on July 12, 2010 at 6:56am
Great Dr. Mike, it is so good to hear from you! I have attended my second (three days this time) Silent retreat, and my next time will be serving, as the servers appear to be some of the happiest of people I have met. Metta, ron
(which video- Dhamma Bros. or Goenka?)
Comment by drmike on July 11, 2010 at 11:27pm
I love this video Ron!!!

Peace, Mike
Comment by Ron Alexander on June 22, 2010 at 6:13am
Comment by Ron Alexander on May 21, 2010 at 2:58pm
http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Jenny-Phillips-on-Oprahs-Soul-Series-We...
To understand Vipassana Meditation, this may be the best interview yet.
Jenny Phillips is the woman I nominated for "Crone of the Year". She is the filmmaker, author, therapist, Vipassana Meditator, who courageously designed and created the ten day Vipassana Silent Meditation program in the Alabama prison. Then she was locked in with the prisoners and teachers to film it, which turned out to be "The Dhamma Brothers"
In her usual brilliant interview, Oprah talks about Jenny's book Letters From the Dhamma Brothers , how Jenny thought up the idea, and then in the second video, they both talk with two of the Brothers on the phone. Be sure to watch that 2nd interview as it is the most profound. Click on part 1 Video (large) and then part 2 Video (large) for best results. Notice how composed and clear the straight backed Jenny Phillips is on the interview.
Comment by Ron Alexander on May 19, 2010 at 10:01pm
Similar to Thich Nhat Hanh below, His Holiness the Dalai Lama describes Vipassana as the "second-level training" of meditation practice. "...it is not adequate simply to have a focused mind. We must acquire the skill of probing the nature and characteristics of the object of our observation with as much precision as possible. This second level training is known in the Buddhist literature as insight (vipassana in Sanskrit). In tranquil abiding the emphasis on holding one's focus without distraction, and single-pointedness is the key quality being sought. In vipassana (insight), the emphasis is on discerning investigation and analysis while maintaining one-pointedness without distraction." (THE UNIVERSE IN A SINGLE ATOM).




Be still, and know." Psalm 46:10
"'Be still" means to become peaceful and concentrated. The Buddhist term is 'samatha' (stopping, calming). 'Know' means to acquire wisdom or understanding. The Buddhist term is 'vispassana' (insight, or looking deeply). When we are still, looking deeply, and touching the source of our true wisdom, we touch the living Buddha and the living Christ in ourselves and in each person we meet." Thich Nhat Hanh
Comment by Ron Alexander on May 4, 2010 at 4:50pm
More about The Paradox of Freedom: that self-control, discipline is needed to find True Freedom. In other words, I use discipline to give up talking, meat, movement, integration with women, when I agree to spend ten days of silence in Vipassana Meditation. And I find I free myself of much toxicity,
Comment by Ron Alexander on May 3, 2010 at 7:33pm
Thanks Dr. Sohiniben, I think you are right - "no thoughts" - "no mind" = peace, right? ron
Comment by Dr. Sohiniben Shukla on May 3, 2010 at 10:43am
Dear Ron,
You know much more about the subject but I just suggest you that if we go within then all the ques. are lost and we will be contented !
Everything, all sciences and their roots are within us !
Just we have to connect our higher self with the Source and that will be O.K.
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We can get every thing, every answer from within !!!
Sohiniben.

 

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