I just listened to a replay of the radio documentary "Tracing Silence" about one person's experience in a 62-day silent vipassana retreat with Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma. Well worth the listen.
In late 2001 writer Hamish Sewell travelled from Brisbane to Burma to undertake nine weeks of Satipatthana Buddhist meditation. For most Australians Burma -- Myanmar -- remains a place of mystery, best known for SLORC and the long term house arrest of Aung Sun Suu Kyi.
For Hamish Sewell and his fellow meditators from America, New Zealand, Portugal, Japan, Vietnam, Poland, Holland and England, Burma was to be a place of long silences and an inward journey at the Hse Main Gon meditation centre, an hour and a half to the north of Rangoon.
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