Goenka method

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Goenka method

Postby Myotai » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:19 pm

Hello,

Is there somewhere I can read about the Goenka method in detail? I have been reading a summary of his discourses and a sort of body scan is implied but no specific detail.

Thanks :anjali:
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Re: Goenka method

Postby Sanjay PS » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:29 pm

Myotai wrote:Hello,

Is there somewhere I can read about the Goenka method in detail? I have been reading a summary of his discourses and a sort of body scan is implied but no specific detail.

Thanks :anjali:


There is a book written by William Hart , captioned " The Art of Living" which condenses the 10 day course conducted by Goenkaji in a book format. However , the book mentions very clearly , that doing the course itself is paramount , reading the book is just to get an inspiration/idea .

Please contact any of the retreat centers closest to your location , i am sure the book will be available . www.dhamma.org lists the centers around the world . A video titled " Doing Time , Doing Vipassana " can also give one a fair idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8tZX3dGSM8

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Re: Goenka method

Postby Myotai » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:51 pm

Thanks, but with a new baby at home taking myself off for 10 days isnt going to happen any time soon... :)
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Re: Goenka method

Postby Sanjay PS » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:40 pm

Myotai wrote:Thanks, but with a new baby at home taking myself off for 10 days isnt going to happen any time soon... :)


i know , its not easy at all. In the meanwhile , you can locate getting the book and read through it . I enjoyed it , prior to doing my first course way back in 1998 . When the time is ripe and opportune , you will be naturally drawn in plunging in the depths of your mind.

All the best , and take care of the little one . Quite a few years ago , i read in the Time magazine an extensive article mentioning that the most crucial and formative period of a human being is from the time of conception to that of 2 years old ! The mind and the brain is like a dry sponge , the rate of its saturation of nutritive inputs is well accelerated .

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Re: Goenka method

Postby Samma » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:14 pm

An overview:
the insight meditation taught by the Indian S.N. Goenka (1924), a
disciple of the Burmese meditation teacher U Ba Khin (1899-1971),
began to spread around the globe and has by now
become what probably is the most widely taught form of insight
meditation world-wide. This meditation tradition centres on
observation of bodily feelings. The practice of contemplating
feelings is based on the previous development of a foundation in
mental tranquillity through mindfulness of breathing, to which in
a standard ten days retreat the first three days of practice are
dedicated. Subsequently, feelings are observed through a
continuous scanning of the body in the up and downward
directions, leading to a penetrative awareness of their changing
nature at increasingly subtler levels. Eventually, such practice
leads to an awareness of the entire spectrum of body and mind in
a constantly changing flux. (Analyao,dynamics of insight)


For some more depth found this:
http://gurmeet.net/spiritual/vipassana- ... a-part-ii/

Just search "body scan guided mediation" and I'm sure you'll find a lot of stuff.
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Re: Goenka method

Postby upekha » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:51 pm

You can find the book "The Art of living" as a PDF ebook

http://store.pariyatti.org/Art-of-Livin ... _4598.html

with metta
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