lundi 23 avril 2012

April 2012

Vipassana,  Seeing things as they really are, St Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland.

Vipassana is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. It was rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. It’s a process of transforming negative into positive, through self-observation and discipline.

10 days of silence. About 150 Men and women separated. The day began with a gong at 4am and we went to bed at 9am, meditating in the main hall or our rooms for most of the day. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. For 3 days, the only instructions were, bring your attention to the area between the upper lip and the nostrils. To sharpen one’s awareness and mind.

Confined to the college grounds. The females had 2 small courts to walk around at break-times. We walked round and round and round and round. I was very tempted one day to do the ministry of funny walks but restrained myself.  The only hint of outer world excitement was an odd glimpse of the men walking round the other courtyard, a rainbow, and a beautiful sunset one evening. Meals were eaten in silence. The only noise to be heard was the clinging of spoons against the bowls. The food was nourishing and tasty. Last meal of the day was at 1130 am and fruit at 5 pm. It did feel like prison only worse, no expression. The first 3 days I found all the reasons why I should leave, I could heard a comical friend’s  voice saying “of course you want to leave” which made me laugh inside. On day 2 one of the assistant teachers knocked on the door at 5am. I jumped out of bed with a bed head. She said, just checking you’re meditating, I said errrrrrm non!  On the 3rd day I had settled and decided to stay the full course.  

I was delighted when on the 4th day, we had new instructions!  Start observing any sensations by doing a body scan from head to toe, toe to head. To observe a gross unpleasant sensation, a free flowing pleasant sensation, just observe, without running away from it or suppressing it, or reacting to it and to see that it moves on. The process allows us to observe the changing nature of body and mind and that everything is transient. I thought of this a few days later as I cycled around West Cork in the Irish rain- everything I wondered?  I loved the technique as I have an analytical mind, which sometimes stops me from living in the present moment.

This technique is simple, logical. One simply deals with observing the sensations so doesn’t spark off the ego and also allows one to become more aware of the body-mind connection. I heard it said recently that many professors regard their body as a vehicle to transport their heads. I believe it is the case for many us. This practice, like many other yoga, dancing, martial arts, helps us to bring the body and mind into union.  In Shri Goenka’s words  “it is a meditation to root out impurities of the mind.  A surgical operation on the mind. A true yogi is one who wants to bring people out of their misery starting with oneself”.

It was a wonderful experience and I’d highly recommend it to learn the technique, to become more self aware and have a daily morning  and evening practice. However, humans are expressive beings so after 10 silent days, a little hesitant at first, I was delighted to talk, sing and listen to others “when I got out”.

Thank You for this experience and meditation technique.



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dimanche 22 avril 2012


Un petit film InDia.

J’espère que vous avez autant de plaisir à le regarder que j’ai eu en le réalisant.
 Le film est en 6 parties.