20 day course

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siddhartha2010
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20 day course

Postby siddhartha2010 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:27 pm

Hi all

I am planning to go on a 20 day vipassana retreat in december 22. Mininum criteria for this course is having maintained sila for two years and 2 times 1 hour daily sits for two years. there have been occasions where I have missed daily sits for few weeks over this period and I have seriously begun to maintain sila for 1 year.

I feel I am ready, at the same time i feel that should I attend another 10 day before I go on 20 day.

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Re: 20 day course

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:43 pm

“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

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Re: 20 day course

Postby siddhartha2010 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:12 pm

hi ben

yes. i do meet the criteria.. like i mentioned i did miss good few weeks daily sits.. and my sila is 80% I would say. i ve sat 5 10 day, 1 sati and served on few.

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Re: 20 day course

Postby Ben » Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:21 am

Hi siddhartha

The long-course application is quite a bit different to the application process for a ten-day course. As part of the application you will need to be interviewed by an assistant teacher, preferably one that knows you, who will vet your suitability and recommend you for the course.
Before you submit your application, you may wish to either meet with or communicate with an assistant teacher who knows you well. If there is no assistant teacher who knows you well, try and get into contact with the assistant teachers who served on the last ten-day course you either sat or served. The concerns you have are a matter between you and your assistant teachers.
Keep in mind also that a 20-day course experience is very different to a ten-day course. Six days of uninterrupted anapana (samatha) provides one with an incredible depth of practice that conditions one's experience when one begins and continues with vipassana.
And for what its worth, before my 20-day course I was, like you, a little anxious.
Whatever happens, I wish you the very best.
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.”
- 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

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Re: 20 day course

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:58 pm

Hi Ben,

Do you know the reasoning behind each of these criteria for the 20 day course? I was wondering how these criteria came about.

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Re: 20 day course

Postby siddhartha2010 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:27 pm

Hi all

My 20 day course application was refused because during the past year I had two glasses of beer. So, will be attending 10 day course. And then re apply for 20 day course after march when I meet the criteria.

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Re: 20 day course

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:15 pm

A bit draconian from their part :?
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: 20 day course

Postby lojong1 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:07 pm

Weak sila and weeks of missing daily sits alone generally lead to refusal there.

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Re: 20 day course

Postby siddhartha2010 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:18 pm

yes. that itself has become a source of motivation to maintain sila to my best capability.

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Re: 20 day course

Postby Moth » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:24 am

is there a website link for this retreat?
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Re: 20 day course

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Re: 20 day course

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:47 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

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