Vipassana

  • hdurdinr

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    So.... have any of you done one of these Vipassana ten day meditations? I'm thinking of doing one this summer but it looks really tough! Anybody do it and find it was different to what you expected? Was it worth doing? Thanks icon_smile.gif

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:52 AM GMT
    hdurdinr saidSo.... have any of you done one of these Vipassana ten day meditations? I'm thinking of doing one this summer but it looks really tough! Anybody do it and find it was different to what you expected? Was it worth doing? Thanks icon_smile.gif

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    I would prefer the Vipassana course to a beach holiday, but although I have heard good reports about it, there would be absolutely no way that I would be going to do it. If I were twenty-one again, then I might try it. icon_wink.gif
  • heyom

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    Mar 11, 2013 7:51 AM GMT
    My good friend's done it. She had good things to say about it too.

    There are several kinds of extended things of mental challenges you can do like this. My brother did one by going into a sort of temporary monastery. And I've done a month-long thing at one time, where I had to cut out all stupefiants (alcohol, tobacco, coffee, etc) for the whole time, speak minimally, and just did breathing-focusing for hours a day. All these things I've only heard of (and had) positive effects. I've never heard anyone come away with anything negative, as of yet.
  • hdurdinr

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses. I feel like I might give it a try....
  • sagar98

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    May 11, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    Vipassna is good and useful method for introspection and positive vibes, better than drinking for months
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    May 11, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    If you have Vipassana get to a doctor soon. It can kill you.
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    May 12, 2013 8:01 AM GMT
    hdurdinr saidThanks for the responses. I feel like I might give it a try....


    So, have you tried out vipasanna? How is it? Be patient with it, it takes time and effort to improve our mindfulness.

    It would be good to practice generosity and keeping the 5 precepts as this would support your progress in the meditation =)

    I'm so glad to see a post like this here on RJ, may all of you be well, happy and peaceful
  • Drift

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    May 12, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    I have a few good friends who do is regularly (once or twice a year), and get a lot out of it. Not just the meditation practice itself, but the community as well. I would like to when I think my body can handle the many hours of sitting.

    Enjoy it, when you do. I've heard it is very difficult at times, but if you persevere then definitely worth your while.

  • sagar98

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    May 12, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    Yes, it is difficult to sit for long periods , I practice like 1 hour twice a week,,
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    May 12, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    You can start small, do 5 minutes and slowly move it to 15 minutes, half an hour and so on

    Don't push yourself too hard, when it gets too painful, you can move, just do so mindfully haha I'd suggest you consult a teacher, they can guide you better
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    May 13, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    Several of my friends have done the ten-day long retreats, and others have completed the longer ones, and they all had great things to say about it!
  • heyom

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    May 16, 2013 8:05 AM GMT
    Not much to add but have to agree on many here that there are times when its hard, but I liken this to when it gets painful when stretching a muscle, or when you use a muscle intensely: it can be hard or painful at that moment, but afterwards you are stronger and more flexible.

    I could say its more or less the same as the mind. While you are doing this mental training, sometimes it gets hard, but you gain so much from it.
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    May 16, 2013 10:07 AM GMT
    heyom saidNot much to add but have to agree on many here that there are times when its hard, but I liken this to when it gets painful when stretching a muscle, or when you use a muscle intensely: it can be hard or painful at that moment, but afterwards you are stronger and more flexible.

    I could say its more or less the same as the mind. While you are doing this mental training, sometimes it gets hard, but you gain so much from it.


    Very true
  • Jo3x

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    Jun 27, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    Hi,

    90% who take 10 days never go back. It is very difficult and it is like solitary confinement.

    The solution is to do a psychedelic treatment before the 10 days. I suggest Ayausaca, Ibogaine. Make sure to take high doses. Others like mushrooms, LSD, can give you bad trips, and actually even though they detox your brain, can give you post traumatic stress dissorder, which the A and I can't.

    If you want to know more let me know.

    good luck
    Jox
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    Jan 26, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    My roommate would go regularly, she was always so calm and relaxed afterwards. Been meaning to attend but, I always get sidetracked
  • tiki52

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    Feb 05, 2014 3:13 AM GMT
    im a theravada buddhist in thervada tradition we do 'anapana sathi' meditation more than 'vipasana meditation' both have same methords but 'anapana sathi' easy to do it can to will you walk , site , eat and tarvel
  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 24, 2016 9:03 AM GMT
    Thinking of trying this out again after years. Wasn't very well practiced at meditation my first time around, pleased to report that's not the case anymore. Now Vipassana is starting to have it's appeal to me again. Plus i found a few good retreats online recently icon_smile.gif