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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

Discussion Forum

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 January 7, 2010 at 7:01pm
Creating Space - Another Benefit of Meditation

Creating Space to Receive

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Everything comes to us
that belongs to us if we
create the capacity to
receive it.

Rabindranath Tagore

.. . Comment by Jeanne
Nature abhorring a void?

Great quote... and especially meaningful for me today... as I prepare for the silence of a sattipattana (vipassana meditation) retreat I'm leaving for tomorrow. I'm going to 'create capacity.'

I've noticed a pattern of the most unique and meaningful experiences occurring following these retreats into silent meditation. Perhaps by letting go of the busyness, I am creating capacity or space for that which truly belongs to me
Comment by Ron Alexander on December 11, 2009 at 11:48pm
Neuroplasticity – The Rewiring of the Brain Through Meditation
Ron Alexander

Paul Therow, the great travel writer, authored The Iron Rooster This is about traveling by train from Siberia through China ending up in Tibet. He writes about the happiness the Tibetan people, despite being under the military control of China. He noted that it must be because “they pray all the time.”
His Holiness The Dalai Lama wrote the book The Universe in a Single Atom. Here he wrote about the difficult decision to have his monks wired up to study their brain function while meditating. “However I felt very strongly (and still do feel) that the application of science to understanding the consciousness of meditators is most important. …I argued that they should undergo the experiments out of altruism: if the good effects of quieting the mind and cultivating wholesome mental states can be demonstrated scientifically, this may have beneficial results for others..."
In Buddha’s Brain: The Practice of Neuroscience of Happiness, a neuropsychologist Rick Hanson has joined with Richard Mendino in writing about neuroplasticity and rewiring the brain through meditation. “You don’t need an EEG or a Ph.D. to observe your experience and the world to become a happier and kinder person.”
The Dalai Lama also writes that what is left out of Western Science is the subjective experience. Indeed, personally speaking, Vipassana meditation helps me to be more balanced, more joyful, more peaceful and as a great side effect – healthier.
Comment by Ron Alexander on November 10, 2009 at 2:38pm
Dr. Paul Fleischman is brilliant and I really got alot out of his lecture on Science and Vipassana. I took alot of notes and will write a synopsis of his talk in next few days. He has a poetry book aptly named You Can Never Speak Up Too Often for the Love of All Things., and I proudly own a copy.
I asked him afterwards about his writing a book based on "Science and Vipassana" and disappointedly, he said that would be "about three years from now."
This man is the real deal, and I very much enjoyed sitting under his guidance.
May all Beings be Happy and Free, ron
Comment by drmike on November 4, 2009 at 9:42pm
Comment by Ron Alexander on November 2, 2009 at 10:46am
Monday, Nov. 2

(Another plug for equanimity - see Jeanne's excellent response above)

A harmonized mind produces
harmony in this world of
seeming discord.

Paramahansa Yogananda
Comment by Ron Alexander on November 1, 2009 at 7:10pm
I added this to "equanimity dialogue" above: In addition, the way Goenka talks about equanimity, I think it means the same as "mindfulness" in other forms of Buddhism?
And to the "The Buddha and Modern Science", I added that I am sure I will be adding more here after sitting and listening to Dr. Fleishman's this coming weekend." Thank you for replying to both "discussions", Jeanne.
Comment by Ron Alexander on November 1, 2009 at 7:02pm
In November, Dr. Paul R. Fleischman M.D., psychiatrist, author, and Vipassana Meditation Teacher under the guidance of S.N. Goenka, will be in ASHEVILLE, ATLANTA, CHAPEL HILL, and SAVANNAH to share talks on The Scientific World-View and Vipassana Meditation and will conduct a number of group sittings. The lectures are free and open to the public. The group sittings are open to Old Students. An Old Student is one who has completed at least one 10-day meditation course with S.N Goenka or his assistant teachers. Please bring your cushions.

Lecture Schedule:
Atlanta, GA


When: Tuesday - November 3, 2009 @ 4:00 PM Free and Open to the Public
Where: Emory University – The Dental Building, Room 230 1462 Clifton Rd, GA 30322
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Asheville, NC


When: Saturday - November 7, 2009 @ 7:00 PM Free and Open to the Public
Where: University of North Carolina Asheville – Reuter Center, The Manheimer Room
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Chapel Hill, NC


When: Tuesday - November 10, 2009 @ 7:00 PM Free and Open to the Public
Where: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill– The Friday Center for Continuing Education - Dogwood Room
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Savannah, GA


When: Tuesday - November 17, 2009 @ 6:00 PM Free and Open to the Public
Where: The Morris Center - 10 East Broad Street, Savannah GA
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More information about this lecture series may be found at
Comment by Jeanne on November 1, 2009 at 3:49pm
Dr. Mike, It was good to experience... pain? Sounds a little S&M-y. LOL

Thanks, Ron... Yes I know about Dr. Fleischman... which is why I was green with envy that he was doing a talk in your neighborhood. I searched, but could not find a speaking itinerary for him.

I just signed up for a special 10-day OS course from the 11th to the 22nd at Dhamma Kunja. ...looking forward to that.
Comment by drmike on November 1, 2009 at 2:15pm
Actually I missed the one day course, which was the week prior. However, there are sittings each Sunday mornings down the street from me. I went to day for that. I was good to hear Goenka again, and experience the pain of sitting again with others. HA!
Comment by Ron Alexander on October 28, 2009 at 5:24pm
Jeanne et. al. , this is more information about Dr. Fleischman, who will be speaking in Asheville Nov.7 and leading sittings that day and on the 8th.

Dr. Fleischman is the author of
Cultivating Inner Peace, Karma and Chaos, An Ancient Path, and other books.
He has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his contribution
to the study of spirituality and religion in medicine. He has lectured widely
in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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