Boeta wrote:Hello everyone,
Now that that is out of the way, I think that it has been proven without a doubt that meditation is beneficial. So, I want to find a meditation technique that I can do everyday. I would also like to learn this meditation from a teacher, not just online. I have read a lot about the different forms of meditation and have been thinking about doing a ten day Goenka/vipassana retreat. I would like to know whether this is considered a good technique or not. I would also like to hear the opinions of people who have been meditating for years, not beginners please. And I also would like the opinions of people who actually have experience with this technique of meditation. My main questions are, as far as a meditation technique is concerned, is this a good one? Please bare in mind that I am not looking for "enlightenment" and that I will reject their theoretical dogma completely. I dont believe in past lives, I dont believe in "liberation" and I dont believe that we are releasing "samskaras" while meditating. What I am interested in is the actual meditation technique. Is it a good technique, buddhist theory aside?
I would appreciate any help with this.
Please understand that "samskaras" are simply psychological conditioning. "Liberation" is becoming free from your psychological conditioning. Nothing unscientific about that, just language that you might not be used to.
If I remember correctly, they do ask you to "take refuge" at the start of the retreat - but this is explained as committing to try out the techniques they teach you for 10 days. If the idea of taking refuge concerns you, you should email them and ask about it.
Boeta wrote:I've read about the vipassana technique taught by Goenka. It's a body scan technique, as you know. Do you think that calmly observing bodily sensations can really lead to a change in a person's psychological conditioning? I think the theory is that people react more to bodily sensations than they realize and that the vipassana technique can be used to stop those reactions, leading to a calmer, more peaceful life. I'm just not sure that this is true. That is really my problem right now, if I thought it was true then I would probably be at a retreat right now.
Boeta wrote:I'm just not sure that this is true. That is really my problem right now, if I thought it was true then I would probably be at a retreat right now.
ram peswani wrote:Minimum one has to put up an effort to rest the mind and body for 10 days. It should not be difficult.
ReasonAndRhyme wrote:P.S. besides, if it's difficult or not also depends on a lot of factors. In some countries people have only 14 days of holiday a year. Under such circumstances going to a 10 day retreat can be a big sacrifice.
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