rucontent wrote:I took the advice of someone to watch Dhamma Brothers, and i have ordered the book, The art of Living. I am very confident that I will end up going.
rucontent wrote:Whether or not this is a cult and there is a brainwashing going on, I know it will end.
rucontent wrote:It is smart to have open expectations, and realize that it is going to be difficult. Right now i plan on going but i have to admit all this talk makes me cautious.
retrofuturist wrote:And arguably it's people not doing this in the first place, not doing their research, and having the own rigid pre-conceptions about of what a meditation retreat should and should not be (i.e. a Goenka retreat is definitely not calligraphy and flower arranging!), that has caused some disproportionately publicized consternation.
Intense vipassana practice is not easy... if someone is after relaxing and easy, they should go on a cruise... but to elect to go on a cruise in preference is just running from the underlying matters that make life uneasy! Those problems will still be there once the cruise returns home... the cruise doesn't give you the skills to change the way you react to life's circumstances... it just briefly modifies the circumstances.
It is easier not to introspectively face our conditioning, but it is far more rewarding to do so.
sunyavadin wrote:I can't honestly claim to observe their regimen which I regard as very demanding.
Thank you for taking the time to write the above.MaryR wrote:. . .
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