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SN Goenka

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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SN Goenka

Postby Collective » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:38 am

I've read a little about SN Goenka, he's highly praised here. Why is this, does he teach differently, or is he just an excellent teacher?

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Sanghamitta » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:43 am

The latter largely Collective...his teaching has its own flavour but he comes from a well established school of Vipassana teachers.
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Re: SN Goenka

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:52 am

Hello Collective,

This article in Shambala Sun may be of assistance. Even the Dalai Lama sent some lamas to Goenka-ji’s courses.
The Universal Meditation Technique of S.N. Goenka
Norman Fischer interviews S.N. Goenka

http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?o ... mitstart=0
Goenka-ji has trained hundreds of assistant teachers, and disciples have set up residential retreat centres around the world where Retreats are by donation.

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Collective » Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:38 pm

I've just read that article, as you were posting. Very good read.

Can someone recommend a book on meditation by SN Goenka?

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Collective » Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:46 pm

Is anapanasati to do with vipassana or samatha?

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Re: SN Goenka

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby rowyourboat » Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:55 pm

Hi Collective

You might consider why something is popular.

You might consider why someone is famous.

You might consider whether the dhamma is popular.

you might consider whether nibbana is a popular destination.


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Re: SN Goenka

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby rowyourboat » Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:23 pm

Indeed.
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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Collective » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:44 pm

Sorry but you lost me.

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:59 pm

Hello Collective,

Wisdom books has quite a few:
http://www.wisdom-books.com/Author.asp? ... nka%2C+S+N
Also I hope Ben replies in this thread as he has been practising under Goenka-ji for many years with great results.
Even sat with him in India as I recall, and is about to go to Myanmar for a long retreat.

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Re: SN Goenka

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Re: SN Goenka

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:36 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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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Sanghamitta » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:32 am

Well said Ben. I would add that feeling a need to question a practice or because it didn't or doesn't suit us personally is not altogether skillful.
We are fortunate to have been bequeathed a number of different meditative practices. Some suit one person . they suit another person less. Goenka's way of Vipassana I find very helpful indeed.
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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:33 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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Re: SN Goenka

Postby BlackBird » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:43 pm

As someone who has never taken a course, an 'outsider' if you will - I have to say that some of the best Buddhists I know are students of the Goenka system. I have some reservations about the way sankhara is interpreted and seen as something to 'burn off', but at the end of the day if I am to lay a side my personal views and survey the results: The amount of praise he gets from students who have taken courses is very voluminous indeed.

If you haven't seen it, there's a video floating around the youtubes about Indian prisoners who we're all given the option of taking a Goenka course - It was massive, hundreds or even thousands took the course. Many of them we're interviewed at the end and later on to see what they thought, and the changes in their outlook and behaviour were amazing.

From what I can see, the Goenka method seems to churn out compassion, equanimity, friendliness and an overall sense of peace in those who practice it well (exceptions granted) and I think that speaks for itself.

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Collective » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:14 am

Thank you all very much, I shall follow up your advice

Unfortunately though, as far as day retreats are concerned - I have a wife and 3 children. Also, there's not a vipassana class for miles, let alone a retreat.

I get everything from books, vids and coming here

For which I'm very thankful :namaste:

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Re: SN Goenka

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:24 am

No problems, Collective!
“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: SN Goenka

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