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Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting

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Re: Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting

Postby David2 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:47 am

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Re: Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:10 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting

Postby knighter » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:22 am

hello there

i'm new to this web site its great by the way, but not new to vipassana ive sat 6, 10 day courses served on 3, 10 day course and have done many 1, and 3 days course over the period of about 12 years.
in answear to your question, yes the chanting does stay the same but the more you sit the more you end up BEING HAPPY. About 13 years ago lots of thing used to make me unbalances i.e., the dustmen picking up the bins at 530am in the morning outside my house, but the more i meditated the less i heard the dustmen, just like most other things a balance seems to "mostly" stay with me these days and i do owe it to my karma and finding vipassana again.
The more you sit the lest you'll be bothered and might even end up understanding parts of the chanting in pali.
Some of my english friends who have sat the 40/50 day course in india end up understanding the whole chant in pali.
Hope this helps stick with it man.
be happy
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Re: Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting

Postby James the Giant » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:47 am

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting

Postby lament » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:23 pm

I've been on a 10-day Goenka retreat and chanting was my biggest annoyance. The problem is that they expect you to meditate through the chanting. I'm a musician. Few things make me distracted and lost in content as easily as music does. It's like trying to meditate while having sex - sure, it can be done, but it's clearly not the ideal meditative environment.

When I allowed myself to become distracted by the music and stop body scanning, I found the chanting itself quite enjoyable.

Hoping to attend a retreat with less chanting in the future.


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