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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.

Members: 15
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 Ron Alexander on August 19, 2009 at 3:09pm
"Monk, monkey mind or both"

At a group today studying Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth, a young woman asked do we have to live like a "monk" or can we be "political activists". I replied that to have the equanimity of a monk will mean that one is a more effective political activist.
Then I explained about the Buddhist idea of a wild "monkey mind" which usually works against us in any debates - political or otherwise.
I also, admitted my own very wild "monkey mind", being calmed into more rationality by sitting in Vipassana meditation. I celebrate completing the whole hour this AM, now lets see if I can do the same this evening. In Metta, ron
Comment by Louis Magda on August 19, 2009 at 6:28am
I seek to achieve an evenness, a level of the mind, through my work and observation. My meditation provides the emptiness my spirit needs to let go.
Comment by Ron Alexander on August 18, 2009 at 1:14pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSxVYp3X6Yk

Attempting to add videos on defining Vipassana meditation?All is well, I felt like saying "equanimity now", equanimity now" over and over while doing this task yesterday. However, today I have been enjoying the fruits of my labor - looking at several videos starting out with Goenka then going to shorter testamonials - my favorite was by "allhailthecatnip's Post Vipassana Bliss": sarita931 Reply I have been home 2 weeks since my 10 vip. retreat. It was as you said. So much is lifted off the body/mind through this technique. I never felt so good and free. Yes it was by far the hardest thing I have ever done but it was well worth it. Thank you allhailthecatnip for your lovely post. In metta


Adding the videos to the discussion groups above:

All is well, I felt like saying "equanimity now", equanimity now" over and over while doing this task yesterday. However, today I have been enjoying the fruits of my labor - looking at several videos starting out with Goenka then going to shorter testamonials - my favorite was by "allhailthecatnip's Post Vipassana Bliss": sarita931 Reply I have been home 2 weeks since my 10 vip. retreat. It was as you said. So much is lifted off the body/mind through this technique. I never felt so good and free. Yes it was by far the hardest thing I have ever done but it was well worth it. Thank you allhailthecatnip for your lovely post. In metta
Comment by Ron Alexander on August 17, 2009 at 10:25pm
Hit the jackpot on this You Tube address: Most on Vipassana and hit on "see all 60 videos and it had the "Dhamma Brothers Trailer" plus plus...be wowed!
The Dhamma Brothers is added as a reply on guess which one above.
Comment by Ron Alexander on August 17, 2009 at 10:15pm
The video on Vipassana worked above as a reply on "Defining Vipassana".
No such luck on "comment" below:
MAY ALL BEINGS BE FREE ron
Comment by Ron Alexander on August 17, 2009 at 10:09pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSxVYp3X6Yk
Comment by Ron Alexander on August 15, 2009 at 4:28pm
Thank you, The Ancient One, for those great words by Jack K. Thank you, Jeanne for your wonderful additions to the "dialogues" above. I am going to add something about "The Dhamma Brothers" Documentary. And I am asking that someone with more technological expertise to please add a "trailor" about it.
MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY! ron
Comment by The Ancient One on August 15, 2009 at 5:06am
…see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn't really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars,…and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures.


Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Comment by Jeanne on August 14, 2009 at 8:53am
Every cell in my body has changed since I began vipassana meditation. My energy has re-arranged and my identity has been re-defined. Its a process that I love participating in... growing in dhamma. Goenka's vipassana has made a quality of life possible for me that I had never thought possible.

Before vipassana, I had come to believe that my life was and would be just chop wood, carry water and white knuckle it till the end. I was willing to do the work... but until vipassana, the work I did was not enough. Since doing my first course, my life has changed from the inside out.

I know that some people think they should be quiet about their vipassana experience and carry it like a sacred trust ...close to their heart. Not me. I want to shout it from the mountaintops and share it with everyone. It is, after all... available to any and all - because of Goenka's unique vision and volition.
Metta, Jeanne
Comment by Ron Alexander on August 14, 2009 at 5:59am
Thank you, "Observe" for starting this group, as seen in the discussion above, I am very interested in being a "Dhamma Brother" for the rest of my life. The documentary "The Dhamma Brothers" is why I went to the ten day silent Vipassana retreat to start with, and I have been struggling to sit for more than thirty minutes blaming my shortened sittings on losing my equanimity because of my "monkey mind". I was also helped to not seperate the monkey mind from the concentrated mind (duality) and to keep on sitting while observing the mind and body. This AM I sat for an hour. Possibly someone else can start a discussion on duality? Another question about duality - can we be in our body and be egoless?
 

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