A journey towards liberation

Vipassana Documentary from India

Personally I took a 10 day intensive Vipassana meditation course in Nepeal just after New Year 2012. 10-11 hours of meditation every day, keeping the buddhist precepts of a strictly vegetarian diet, refraining from sexual activity and keeping to silence and non communication. As many of the prisoners in the movie “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana” I had no real prior experience with meditation.

The first 2-3 days was a refined form of physical and mental torture as my body and mind constantly rebelled against the rigorous training. After the first day and second day I felt like screaming and running away. Actually it was only by the kind and loving intervention of one the foreign volunteers at Dharmashringa that I managed to overcome my desperation. I remember thinking I would have preferred going to a Nepalese jail instead.

As the days went on my struggling body and mind started to settle by themselves. I began a profound journey towards my self – a journey that trancends language! First everyday problems and worries started to wane, then old stuff started to emerge and go from the depths of my mind together with injuries and bad habits of my body. Then something happened. I adjusted to the situation.

Not all was perfect or even good – but somehow even the most troublesome moments was okay! An immense presence slowly manifested it self.

For me it was a life altering experience. To this day I am not sure that I would do it again. But I will recommend this journey towards liberation to all!

I am still struggling in this very moment: Innica Innica – maintaining equanimity!

Links:
Vipassanā wikipedia.org
Nepal Vipassana Center Dharmashringa www.np.dhamma.org
Vipassana i Norden Dhamma Sobhana
www.pariyatti.org Vipassana Shop

The Vipasana Meditation Technique neigong.net

Videos:
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 1/4
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 2/4
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 3/4
Doing Time, Doing Vipassana 4/4

Books:
The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka
Discourse Summaries: Talks from a Ten-day Course in Vipassana Meditation