i dont know what are sotapannas , or anagamis, but i assume they are highly evolved people ? i am very eager to meet arhats do you have some suggestions on where i can meet them? thank you so much for your help!
well, I meant that ironically. One friend of mine, of a rather credulous temper, has been a monk for about 13 years. He was ordained in Myanmar in the Mahasi tradition, which he has followed for over 10 years, as a monk. Towards the beginning of those 10 years, after a few retreats, it was declared that he was had become a sotapanna, and he has believed it for the remainder of those 10 years. He has met a lot of other people who also believed they were sotapannas, for the same reasons. One of his friend even made him believe for years that he was an arahant, and it is likely that the guy was actually parajika.
What made him change his mind was when he decided to try the Pa Auk technique. So he went there and got quickly disillusioned. Now he knows that he has been fooled for almost a decade, and he has seen other people arriving at Pa Auk believing they were nothing less than anagamis who hit the wall of reality pretty hardly. I think the Pa Auk sayadaw wrote a book seeking to demonstrate that the teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw is bulls**t and that what they take for Nibbana is actually what the abhidhamma calls bhavanga citta.
Welcome to the huge mess that has arisen in the Sasana.
You may eventually learn to truly appreciate the simplicity and straightforwardness of Goenka's teaching.
I understand what you want to do, and I have been in a very similar quest for the past few years. Just be careful and don't believe what everyone says. There is a telling simile in the gospel about recognizing the quality of a person (applicable to a meditation technique) as compared to a tree. In short, a good tree produces good fruits, a bad one produces bad fruits. Just observe what long-term practitioners become, if they get rid of their grossest defilements, or if they are still easily prone to negativity, egocentricity, superiority complexes etc.
You may also wish to try this place in Malaysia http://www.sasanarakkha.org/
, where you can meditate in the conditions you are looking for, except that you won't have a teacher, but I guess you already know how you have to practice. The only thing is you will have to exchange a few emails and meet the chief monk if they think you are a serious practitioner.
I have also spent many months in this place, and as a matter of fact I will be back there within a few weeks: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sitavana- ... 29?fref=ts
send me a PM if you are interested.