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10-day goenka retreat

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Clarence
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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Clarence » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:23 pm

Just make sure you are prepared for the chanting. :rolleye:

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby delf7 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:42 pm

CHANTING?
they really stress the whole "noble silence" thing, so i figured it'd be quiet. or, i was HOPEING.

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby cooran » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:19 pm

Hello all,

Goenka retreat- aversion towards Chanting
viewtopic.php?f=35&t=8667

I'm booked for another Goenka retreat 26 Dec - 6 Jan at Pomona Queensland - hopefully work will give me leave.

with metta
Chris
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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:13 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: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby pilgrim » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:35 am

I intend to sign up for my 1st Goenka course in March. I'm impressed with the testimonials I've come across and like the fact that it starts of with 3 days of Samatha. It seems more orthodox then the "dry vipassana" approach. Although I'm aware that the chanting grates on some peoples nerves, I appreciate that it represents an anchor in the Theravada tradition, without which it becomes just another secular meditation system.

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Buckwheat » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:57 am

You got me excited... I really like chanting. It gets some blood flow, forces some deep breathing, connects the thoughts to the body, has a soothing feeling, etc. Then I realized you mean I get to listen to somebody chant on a recording.... that sounds horrible!!
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:02 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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e: [email protected]..

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby delf7 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:42 pm

i shall see (or hear) for myself, but now that i think about it, the chanting may be a good way to drown out other, more subtle, noises that actually may be more annoying, like someone's nose whistling, a chair creaking, etc...
and beings the chanting is only a recording of the teacher puts my mind at ease. i was envisioning a room full of people all chanting thier own things, which i think would be quite distracting.
regardless, i have applied for a course and am looking forward to hearing back from them to find out if i am accepted.
delf

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Monkey Mind » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:20 am

My first retreat, whenever Goenka was chanting, I could not help but think of:
Image
At some point, I burst out laughing because I could not get this image out of my head.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby delf7 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:29 pm

FINALLY !
i have been waiting 10 days to hear the news, and i just recieved e-mail from the meditation center informing me that my application has been accepted !!!
it is still a few months away, but i am pretty excited about it.
thanx to all who gave me advice & information about the retreat.
kind regards,
delf

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:54 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: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:36 pm

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: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:48 pm

Hi MP,
I apologise I made you mad!
This year, since returning from Myanmar, has been extremely busy for me.
I will see what I can do about compiling something about my 30-day course and short pilgrimage for you in the next few days.
As for my coming course, this time its only 20 days.
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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e: [email protected]..

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby cooran » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:57 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:08 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:19 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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e: [email protected]..

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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Modus.Ponens » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:24 am

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: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:08 am

I shall do my level best over the next few days, MP!
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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Clarence
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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Clarence » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:40 pm


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Re: 10-day goenka retreat

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:53 pm

Hi Clarence,

I have some free time coming up over Christmas and I hope to put something together for you.
In the interim, here's a photo of Shwedagon I took just before dawn meditation.
kind regards,

Ben

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“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) • •

e: [email protected]..


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