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S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Ajisai
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S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Ajisai » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:40 am

Hello everyone,

I am practicing meditation without a teacher and I saw some members of this forum recommanding to do retreats so I looked up on the internet where I could do that someday. I'm living in Tokyo and found out that there are two Vipassana meditation centers in Japan (one in Kyoto and one in Chiba) that are offering 10 days courses.
They are teaching meditation according to S.N. Goenka.
Apparently there are many centers in the world that teach meditation from this teacher.
I was wondering if any of you participated in a 10 day lessons in one of these centers? Would you recommand it?

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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:46 am

Hi Ajisai,

Yes, I recommend it to most people.
I have been practicing under SN Goenka's guidance for 28 years.
I have completed many 10-day courses and longer courses both as a 'student' as well as a voluntary server.
Having said that, it is not for everybody nor does it suit everyone.
If you suffer from an acute mental illness than it is not recommended, otherwise - give it a try.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Ajisai » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:21 am

Thanks for your answer Ben.

Two things are worrying me.

The first is that now I am just practicing 15mn everyday. I would like to go to this course until the end of this year because it might be not possible next year. Should I wait being able to meditate for a much longer time (like one hour) anyway?

The second one is I am quite poor. If I give a donation it is going to be very little money and I do not want the teachers and staff to believe I underestimate the value of the teaching or the opportunity they give to people. :cry:

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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:04 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

e: [email protected]..

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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:26 am

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Jhana4 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:53 am

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Ajisai » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:44 pm


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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Jhana4 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:04 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: S.N. Goenka meditation teaching ?

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:07 pm

If you can't donate monetarily, consider offering service. Their are many ways a person can volunteer to help the courses, which will be explained at the end of the course.

As Ben said, many people who attend their first course do not have any meditation experience. If I could have done anything differently in preparing for my first course, I would have spent a week sitting on the floor every chance I could, not necessarily in meditation but to get my body and brain used to it.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710


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