From my point of view, too much is made of these meditation retreats. It is not for everyone and people should be very careful about doing them. First off, it is not natural for anyone to be sitting like this for this amount of time. The kind of effort that most people will make is fairly useless when it comes to Insight. Most develop a lot of pain in their body and the idea of concentration is usually incorrectly applied for various reasons. Also, for the mentally unstable, it should not be engaged at all.LuisR wrote: ↑Thu May 10, 2018 4:23 pmOverall my Vipassana course was a good experience. Despite my failure at the technique, I felt that over the days my sitting ability improved. I could sit perfectly still for longer periods of time. I have a greater appreciation for meditation now. The teacher was as helpful as he could be and the manager was really nice and helpful. The food was excellent, much better than I expected. I was worried i was going to get hungry at night but no, everything was fine. Everything was really organized and ran well. I look forward to meditating more. I don't know if I will go back to a Goenka Vipassana retreat. I might try it again I don't know. It might be helpful to read more about Vipassana from the Buddhist teachers of theis particular lineage. I had been looking forward to this for a long time I am glad I did it. I heard so much good things about it. It is clearly beneficial for so many people. It just didn't work that well for me.
I think developing a good theoretical approach towards understanding what the Buddha has put forth is far more valuable than sitting still. Without understanding what the Buddha taught, you cannot get much from sitting. Without understanding that your grasping after experiences as a primary cause of your suffering, it is not going to magically come to an end sitting in meditation. That is a pipe dream, opium, anyone? So, repeated listening to the words of the wise is highly recommended and then, one day, you discover that you have to sit down and contemplate what you have just heard.