Just posting some information on Vipassana meditation courses in Ireland for those who may be interested. I've done two 10-day courses, a 3-day,a 1-day and served. It has worked miracles for me, and continues to be a great light in my life all the time, every day! For years I was searching for something that really works, and I was overjoyed to find Vipassana. For me, this path is definitely a "path with heart"
Has anyone here read any books by Krishnamurti, Dhiravamsa, Chopra? This course is along the same branch, i.e. a non-sectarian spiritual teaching given by Buddha. Vipassana seems to be, from my knowledge, the closest you will ever get to the direct teachings of Buddha, passed down along the line... after all, Buddha never really wanted us to make another "ism"!
Some very interesting info on Vipassnana can be found here, it's a nice summary of the teachings, easy to read:
If any of you want to ask questions about my experience, feel free, I'll hang around!
as taught by S N Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
Vipassana means to see things as they really are. In a ten-day residential course, students learn to develop increased awareness and concentration, which they use to examine their own mental and physical nature. By the practice, they gain insight and detachment to free themselves from such mental tensions as anger, greed and fear.
Vipassana is an art of living, which enables the development of the positive qualities of pure love, compassion, joy and equanimity, providing a mental training of profound and practical value in everyday life. It is acceptable to people of all faiths and to those with no particular faith.
All courses are financed entirely by voluntary donations.
Schedule of 10-day Courses for 2005
27th December-7th January 2006
For an information pack, contact:
Irish Vipassana Association
91 Ballsbridge Woods, Dublin 4
Voicemail: (01) 6677844
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Vipassana Worldwide, visit www.Dhamma.org