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1 month ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 10:03:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I need a bit of wisdom on a subject I know very little about.
Has anyone lived with or were close with someone who has experienced a ten day Vipassana retreat? Were they different afterward, good or bad?
All I can find anywhere are personal accounts, and they widely vary.
1 month ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 10:10:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
wouldn’t you be getting the same thing from us?
1 month ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 10:10:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think one of my good friends did this. I'll ask her tomorrow.
1 month ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 10:20:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thank.you, cpayne. Please ask her.
Also it would be helpful if she had a roommate who could recall if there were any changes in her physical or mental state afterwards.
1 month ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 11:42:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have no idea what you're talking about.
1 month ago - Monday 11/27/17 - 12:19:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka
1 month ago - Monday 11/27/17 - 1:14:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's the silent retreat right? I've heard that's quite difficult. I think there are shorter vipassana retreats?

Are you experienced with meditation at all?

If you haven't done it before maybe a one day/weekend retreat firdt
1 month ago - Wednesday 11/29/17 - 12:16:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes it is.
It sounded like a freaking cult, at first.

A friend of mine has a new boyfriend, and he's going on a retreat. Said friend was considering going with his new beau.

I dabble.
I'm at the infant stage of meditation.
I think I prefer zen over visassana, but only time will tell.

I can't go on a retreat. I'm a widow of two minors. I'd have to wait several years first.
1 month ago - Wednesday 11/29/17 - 12:17:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thanks, spacepeanut
Do you meditate?
Any advice if you do?
1 month ago - Saturday 12/9/17 - 2:39:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
i know a lot of people who have
i might be doing it in february! i had to lie on application and pretend i am a blank slate without previous experiences in meditation because they tend to not like when you practice other things, but besides that

almost everybody i spoke with really benefited from it, and for some, it changed their whole lives. i witnessed it- how people came back from vipassana retreats different, more connected to something essential in themselves- i am like a cat drawn to certain people and tend to be drawn to the people fresh out of vipassana, i can feeeeel it. anyway i saw how their paths changed (a whole bunch of these people were roommates) and they started new projects, relationships.
they also told me about the hard moments when you have to feel and fully process the challenging emotions that inevitably come up
1 month ago - Saturday 12/9/17 - 2:55:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
and of course. meditation is like cleaning all the surface layers of the mind and bringing awareness deep inside to a still point. you can't skip the process, you have to move through the feelings that are jarred at the surface to get deeper.. but it's not some obscure esoteric place

it's really natural to mediate and learn to just exist, breathe, not some religious entitled spiritual ego inaccessible thing, it's learning to connect with part of who we are already. i think the vipassana techniques have their particular philosophies about it, this is more my own.

my friends and those i know who have done the retreats often signed up because of personal challenges they had to start with, so healing their painful suffering motivated them to stay the course. honestly the thought of not speaking for ten days is the most appealing thing to me. speaking too much ruins things sometimes imo

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