ananyaa wrote:Hi Ben!
So nice to meet a fellow Vipassi here as the first acquaintance. I hope your India trip fructifies soon. Goenkaji's old age does not permit him to teach many courses anymore, but his recordings and the battery of teachers he trained seem to be doing a good job!
Hello Ananyaa, welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
But Vipassi? It seems that Goenka's followers in their earnestness not to be counted as a Buddhist will soon form a new sect.
Oh no no. Sorry in case it seemed like that. All Vipassana meditators call themselves Vipassi. Goenkaji himself may not like in case Vipassana by him becomes that. I must at the same time say that the Mumbai chapter seems to be growing and now there are all sorts of people there; and at one point in time when they gave me 'prasaad' (like in any hindu temple), at the end of a group sit, I was very taken aback
You are right, Goenkaji mostly comes to give Metta at the end of a one-day course. And also ofcourse, there is the self course by teacher. At times he also meets meditators around Deepawali (and Indian festival) time. I am but a baby on the path for now, so a long way for me still before I sat a teacher's self course!