First Vipassana sitting

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First Vipassana sitting

Postby greggorious » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:29 pm

A couple of weeks ago I went to an introductory workshop of Vipassana, have done it a bit on my own too, but today was my first proper sitting for over an hour. I felt constantly disturbed as people kept walking in and out, shuffling about, coughing etc. I used to practice Zen and they are really strict that you don't move unless it is absolutely necessary, it's perfectly quiet, but at the threveda Vihara centre I went to it wasn't what I expected. I thought people would be a little more strict with themselves and not move around so much. Maybe I'll get used to it.
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Re: First Vipassana sitting

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:32 pm

Greetings Greg,

Did they give instruction on what to do when 'disturbed' by something?

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Re: First Vipassana sitting

Postby greggorious » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:47 pm

No not really. I probably should have asked beforehand but I didn't realise. If I got too distracted I tried just counting my breath for a while.
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Re: First Vipassana sitting

Postby Ben » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:50 pm

Well done, Greg!
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Re: First Vipassana sitting

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:59 pm

greggorious wrote:A couple of weeks ago I went to an introductory workshop of Vipassana, have done it a bit on my own too, but today was my first proper sitting for over an hour. I felt constantly disturbed as people kept walking in and out, shuffling about, coughing etc. I used to practice Zen and they are really strict that you don't move unless it is absolutely necessary, it's perfectly quiet, but at the threveda Vihara centre I went to it wasn't what I expected. I thought people would be a little more strict with themselves and not move around so much. Maybe I'll get used to it.


This is a learning opportunity, notice the sense contact (hearing), notice the reaction (sensation in the body), notice the thoughts about why this shouldn't be happening (thinking) etc etc. Repeat and continue until the mind learns to be calm and not disturbed by internal and external sense contact, this is one of the main things vipassana is syupposed to help us learn.
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya


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