Ben wrote:The rules and discipline are actually there for the benefit of practitioners. When you are learning the technique, you don't need extraneous human contact. And its not something you can appreciate until after you have come out the other side. The way I look at it, noble silence is like a nice blanket and buffer so that I can continue to work on developing samatha and vipassana.
If you are looking for something to kick-start your practice again, I would still recommend a retreat. Maybe a Goenka retreat is not suitable for you, so look at some of the other retreats available to you.
If you have any further questions, feel free to pm or email me. I'm more than happy to help.
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Individual,
I've only been on one proper retreat... it was a Goenka one.
Thumbs up from me
Individual wrote:To be clear, Retrofuturist, you're not affiliated with any Goenka organization anymore, right?
Ben wrote:Hi Individual
I don't think its a problem with the cds and videos. The intention behind them was that no matter where one went, or what centre, the same technique, the same instructions are given. They're still using the same discourses and instruction since 1983.
However, I understand that for many people, the cds and videos are a bit of a turn-off. But they're just a teaching aid.
Yes, I will read the article but right now I'm a little busy.
jcsuperstar wrote:if youre in /near DC theres Wat Thai Dc and also isnt the bhavana society near you? i'd check those out.
ive never done a Goenka retreat, they dont have them up here as far as i know. but i have an open invitation to just stay at my temple when ever i want, and i do when ever i need to, so i'm not sure if id be all that interested in doing a retreat in a non monastic setting...
appicchato wrote:Hi Individual,
Tens of, or maybe hundreds of thousands of people have been to Goenka retreats, and virtually everyone (but not all, granted) has had a positive experience...and one that has helped them on their path...go for it friend, it's nearby (as you say), and it's basically for what you feel like contributing...how can you lose?...
What's with all the (negative) projecting you're doing about how it 'might' be...do a little detective work (google) and bone up on what this man (Goenka) has accomplished in helping people on the spiritual path...nothing short of miraculous...
If I were asked, I'd say after you've gone, you'll be really glad you did...
Take care friend...
Forgot to mention the Bhavana Society and Bhante G...top notch...again, not too far from you...check 'em out...http://www.bhavanasociety.org/retreats/
jcsuperstar wrote:most thai temples dont have schedualed retreats every month, but would probably likely you stay and do one by yourself.
appicchato wrote:Forgot to mention the Bhavana Society and Bhante G...top notch...again, not too far from you...check 'em out...http://www.bhavanasociety.org/retreats/
Individual wrote:jcsuperstar wrote:most thai temples dont have schedualed retreats every month, but would probably likely you stay and do one by yourself.
What do you mean stay and do one by myself? You mean I bring my own food and camp in the woods nearby? I don't understand.
When I stay I generally do most of the meditation by myself and meet my teacher once a day. For people new to meditation a teacher would have more contact time...
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