January 25, 2012

Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

Not being cynical, my experience at the Vipassana retreat last week was life changing. I'm still figuring out everything I went through, but I can definitely conclude that it was a jerking, emotional, thought provoking experience that was very much needed for a person like me.

In short, I went for 10 days to the Dhamma center in Shelburne, Massachusetts where I basically gave myself to Buddha. No talking, no eye contact, eating little (vegetarian food) and meditating everyday from 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

It was hard, both physically and emotionally, but after those draining days I feel like I'm a different person. To put it in the words of S. N. Goenka, the leading lay teacher of Vipassanā meditation, it was like I went through an operation.

Without adding to much words, here are some pictures from the beautiful center, which is surrounded by a really magical snowy forest. I think the location helped me a lot in sustaining there.

Take rest, Take rest. may all human beings be happy.

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