2009-10-13

Re: Vipassana Courses

I did my first 10-day Vipassana meditation course back in 5/2001, and have done a number of them since. Friends and family inevitably ask me about them each time they see me heading off to spend another ten days on the cushion, and over the years I've compiled a list of links I email people when they inquire. Rather than repeatedly sending that email, I can now send 'em a URL:
Here's some related reading, not Vipassana-specific but great for context:
  • What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula, one of the simplest, easiest to read distillations of what the whole thing is about
  • Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh, a chronological compilation of stories from the Tipitaka, told in narrative form and utterly delightful to read. I finished it in a single sitting during a 30-hour bus ride from Yangon to Mandalay, and could hardly put it down.
And lastly, some random photos from my Vipassana travels:

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...and a few other folks' accounts of their first courses:

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