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Vipassana means seeing things as they are. It’s one of the oldest meditation techniques in India. It was taught in India over 2500 years ago as a universal cure for universal problems, that is, as an art, the Art of Living.
Vipassana meditation retreat: An encounter with life
A Vipassana meditation retreat gives us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of this ancient technique with greater ease. It is well known that it is easier to meditate in a temple than in an office, or before going to a family gathering. Not surprisingly, in a temple everything is geared towards facilitating the practice. A temple offers optimal conditions for meditation. Conditions such as silence, fasting or semi-fasting, rest and vigil times consistent with our biorhythms or disconnection from social relations through technological devices allow us to avoid being distracted and help us to carry out the process of introspection that has led us there. But not all of us can go to a temple, and that is why we have chosen to recreate the same conditions in a Vipassana meditation retreat. These conditions together with proper guidance from someone who has deepened and integrated the practice will help us enormously, increasing our concentration and accelerating the learning process through which we integrate the meditation practice in order to bring it later into our daily lives. On the other hand, the extensive format of our Vipassana meditation retreat allows us to access states that are more difficult to achieve in shorter sessions. When you have been meditating for four, six, or eight days it is understandably easier to maintain focus, deepen your practice, and understand its benefits. If you want more information about a vipassana meditation retreat you can click here.
Vipassana Meditation: What is it?
Vipassana meditation, at over 2500 years old, is one of the oldest meditation techniques in India, and means “seeing things as they are”. To do this we must essentially learn to observe things, whether they are thoughts, sensations, actions, phenomena … On the other hand, besides paying attention to what is happening, we must do it from an equable and balanced attitude, that is without attachment or rejection of what we are witnessing. These two precepts are the key to the practice of vipassana meditation. For example, I am doing a muscle stretch, and I feel pain. If I observe it as it is, I will perceive a sensation, perhaps sharp, or warm, intense, or oppressive, but a sensation at the end of the day. The equable attitude consists in fact in observing that sensation without building a personal experience from it. This is what Gautama the Buddha meant when he said “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Vipassana meditation helps us to live our lives by observing pain without transforming it into suffering. This is what those who claim that Vipassana meditation is a method of self-purification through self-observation, through which we can know the truth, as it is, by direct observation. If you want to read more about Vipassana meditation here is a link to wikipedia.
A Vipassana retreat is therefore an invitation to honest and deep contact with the truth, with what happens, with what is. It is devoid of showy or promising phenomena, it is not a recreational space or a leisure retreat, you will not find fireworks here. But in a Vipassana retreat you will find a suitable space to learn or deepen in a powerful method that transforms your life little by little, day by day. In a clear way you will be able to observe how it is easier and easier to relate in a more balanced and less suffering way with what happens in your life experience. A Vipassana retreat is a simple door, which can go very unnoticed, but which leads to the wonderful garden that is life when it is lived without control or effort, without strategy or psychological tension. When life is lived from intellectual simplicity, from gratitude and joy for the most insignificant thing, when one feels happy for the fact of being and witnessing everything that happens, life becomes something very kind, and not that it wasn’t before. Life is always kind, but the way we see it often makes it seem demonic. Direct observation – without judgment or attachment or aversion – helps us to understand the true nature of life. Deeply loving and kind. A Vipassana retreat is an encounter with discernment in which we naturally recognize the beauty and value of life.