Ten days of silence – here I come
This is a day that I’ve both been looking forward to and kind of dreading. In a few hours I’m leaving Cape Town for Worcester (a couple of hours outside the city) to start my 10 days’ silence meditation course… Right now I’m laughing on the inside thinking about what I am about to do, but I have a feeling I’ll be crying regrettably when I actually understand what I have singed up for. Haha!
A lot of you have been curious to know more about what Vipassana meditation is, so in short it’s one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. Jepsi pepsi!
It will be about 12 hours of meditating every day – for ten days!! Also, no social media, no reading, no workout, no music, no writing and no contact with the world outside. Just me and my psycho thoughts! And it’s only two meals a day. The last one is served between 11 and 12 am!! But from the reviews I’ve read about the course, the food situation is the easiest to get used to. The mental challenge on the other hand…
Here’s a little bit more about how it works:
What Vipassana is not:
- It is not a rite or ritual based on blind faith.
- It is neither an intellectual nor a philosophical entertainment.
- It is not a rest cure, a holiday, or an opportunity for socializing.
- It is not an escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
What Vipassana is:
- It is a technique that will eradicate suffering.
- It is a method of mental purification which allows one to face life’s tensions and problems in a calm, balanced way.
- It is an art of living that one can use to make positive contributions to society.
All students must observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course until the morning of the last full day. Noble Silence means silence of body, speech, and mind. Any form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., is prohibited.
Students may, however, speak with the teacher whenever necessary and they may approach the management with any problems related to food, accommodation, health, etc. But even these contacts should be kept to a minimum. Students should cultivate the feeling that they are working in isolation.
Read more under the photo.
THE COURSE TIMETABLE
4:00 am - Morning wake-up bell
4:30-6:30 am - Meditate in the hall or in your room
6:30-8:00 am - Breakfast break
8:00-9:00 am - Group meditation in the hall
9:00-11:00 am - Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions
11:00-12:00 noon - Lunch break
12noon-1:00 pm - Rest and interviews with the teacher
1:00-2:30 pm - Meditate in the hall or in your room
2:30-3:30 pm - Group meditation in the hall
3:30-5:00 pm - Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions
5:00-6:00 pm - Tea break
6:00-7:00 pm - Group meditation in the hall
7:00-8:15 pm - Teacher’s Discourse in the hall
8:15-9:00 pm - Group meditation in the hall
9:00-9:30 pm - Question time in the hall
9:30 pm - Retire to your own room – Lights out
If you want to know more about what Vipassana is all about – check it out here: www.pataka.dhamma.org
It’s going to be interesting! Very interesting! And hard! Very hard!
Please pray for me and my sanity.
And remember: Jesus loves you. But I’m his favorite!
See you on the other side <3