You Did *What* for 10 Days?

Upon returning to the 'real' world after a 10-day Vipassana course, folks inevitably ask me for details: how it went, how I fared, etc. I thought I'd post a few links here in case you'd like to know more about it:


  1. Hi Eric, hope you had a good sit. Here's the summary (from dhamma.org) that's most helpful to the curious:

    The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation.

    The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one's attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.

    By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.

    I would also note that one sits for a total of about 10 hours per day in 1 hour increments, with rest in between.

  2. I completed my third 10-day in September and wish I had a dollar for every time someone said "You did *what* for 10 days?"



  3. Very nice Eric!
    We're off for a 10-day sitting in Thailand on the 8th of February. Hope you had a good one :)

    - Rasmus