Meditation courses run at both IMC and SN Goenka's meditation centres are segregated. The men have their own areas, inc separate dining halls, walking areas, accommodation units and separate sections in the meditation hall. Most courses are run with both a male and a female assistant teacher. On the long courses the male students only see the male assistant teacher for interviews and the same for female students seeing the female assistant teacher. During the ten-day course its still quite usual for both assistant teachers to be present during interviews except if it is a large course.
Having said that, one comes to the realization very quickly that anything to do with any defilement relating to the opposite sex is something that occurs within the framework of one's own mind/body complex. It is, after all, just dhammas rising and falling.
“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
(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •