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Most meditators are familiar with vipassana which is an age-old Buddhist meditation technique. In this post, we'll take a close look at Goenka meditation that has its roots in the vipassana tradition.
S.N. Goenka has established a large number of meditation centers in India and around the world. These Goenka centers offer all their services free of charge and are run by dedicated volunteers.
Mr. Goenka himself is a highly experienced meditator and speaker. He has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations World Peace Summit where he delivered speeches full of wisdom and wit.
Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana is a really popular meditation technique in Asia and the West alike. There are many forms of vipassana meditation taught in various Buddhist traditions. One of the most popular traditions is Mahasi which stems from Burmese Buddhism. Vipassana is also widely taught in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
The objective of vipassana, which is also referred to as insight meditation, is to draw the meditators attention to sense phenomenon. That includes the 5 senses, thinking and emotions. The meditator is encouraged to observe her meditation objects with relaxed attention and not with intense concentration.
By trying too hard the body and mind tense up which makes it more difficult to meditate.
Goenka Meditation
Likewise, Goenka encourages his followers to observe any sense impressions, that come their way, with relaxed attention. By not trying too hard, meditators flow with the meditation.
The Goenka meditation retreats are well known for their high standards. Regardless where in the world you attend a Goenka retreat, the structure is more or less the same. The facilities and food are really good too.
The meditators are given clear instructions throughout the retreat by the assistant meditation teachers. Goenka retreats also feature videos and audio talks given by S.N Goenka himself, which is most inspiring.
The discipline is quite strict. Meditators go to bed early and have to wake up before sunrise. Most retreats span over 10 days. For more advanced meditators it's possible to attend 20-30 day Goenka retreats.
Be advised that the retreat facilitators must accept your application before you can attend any retreat.
I highly recommend Goenka meditation to novice and seasoned meditators alike.
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