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Dhamma Siri – Southwest Vipassana Meditation Centre

Dhamma Sirī, also known as the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center, means the prosperity of dhamma in Pali. It is one of numerous centers worldwide dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also. Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 am   Morning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 am   Meditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 am   Breakfast break8:00-9:00 am   Group meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 am   Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noon   Lunch break12noon-1:00 pm   Rest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pm   Meditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pm   Group meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pm   Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pm   Tea break6:00-7:00 pm   Group meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pm   Teacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pm   Group meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pm   Question time in the hall9:30 pm   Retire to your own room–Lights outAbout Dhamma SiriOverview Dhamma Sirī, which means “Prosperity of Dhamma”, is situated on thirty four acres of agricultural land near the end of a quiet rural road, 45 minutes from downtown Dallas, Texas. The centre is also about four hours from other Austin and Houston, two other large Texas cities.An average of 20 courses are held annually. Presently the centre serves over a 1000 students a year. Course are conducted primarily in English, with bi-lingual courses in Spanish / English, Hindi / English, and Vietnamese / English offered each year. Course instructions and discourses are also available in over 40 languages. Meditation Hall Completed in 2012, the new Meditation Hall is a grand building with a seating capacity of 150 students. The main hall is surrounded by interview rooms where students can meet with the teacher in private, as well additional multi-use rooms. Students, volunteers and teachers all enter the hall through separate entrances, allowing for minimal disturbance to students during the course.Pagoda At the rear of the property is the Dhamma Sirī Pagoda. This building is similar in design to the Pagoda at Dhamma Giri, the main international center in Igatpuri, India. The Dhamma Sirī Pagoda is a round 2-story building , with 94 individual private meditation rooms where students go to practice the mediation techniques learned in solitude. The rooms are arranged in a series of concentric rings, with 3 rings containing 63 individual rooms on the ground floor and 2 rings with 31 individual rooms on the upper floor. Additional rings of cells will be added according to future needs. Men’s Residence There are comfortable individual rooms for 75 men, with 50 of these rooms having a private, attached bath. The remaining rooms share a large bath-block with 6 private showers, 6 private commodes, and 3 counters of shared sinks. Women’s Residence The women’s residence has individual rooms for 50 women, each with an attached private bath. The master plan calls for an additional 25 rooms with private bath to be constructed as part of the women’s residence. Dining Men and Women dine separately at the centre. The men’s dining is located in a stand-alone building that was once the mediation hall. Women’s dining is located in the adjacent building, which also houses the kitchen and administrative offices for the centre. Directions Dhamma Siri is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas and a few miles south of the city of Kaufman, Texas. The address of the Center is: 10850 County Road 155-A, Kaufman, Texas 75142. From AustinI 35 North I-35 North splits into East and West. Take I 35 E – North. Right on HWY 34 going East (exit 386 on I-35E) to FM 1388 (near the town of Kaufman) and turn RIGHT. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.From DallasSouth on Interstate 45 East on U.S. 175 East toward Kaufman (at the southeast edge of downtown Dallas) Drive toward Kaufman on U.S. 175 for approximately 34 miles. When you near Kaufman, stay on U.S. 175 toward Athens (go past the exit for TX243 into the city of Kaufman). Take the Oak Grove exit and turn RIGHT at the stop sign onto FM 1388. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.From HoustonI-45 North to Exit 251B (Highway 34 – Kaufman/Italy) Take right onto TX-34. Go about 25 miles to Kaufman. Take a sharp right onto FM 1388. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.From Oklahoma CityI 35 South I-35 South splits into East and West. Take I 35 E – South. 635 East for approx 30-40 miles Highway 175 East toward Kaufman. When you near Kaufman, stay on U.S. 175 toward Athens (go past the exit for TX243 into the city of Kaufman). Take the Oak Grove exit and turn RIGHT at the stop sign onto FM 1388. Continue on FM 1388 approximately 2.9 miles to FM 2860 East and turn LEFT. This is a small intersection, look carefully for the signs for FM 2860. Continue on FM 2860 approximately 2.5 miles to Kaufman County Road 155-A and turn RIGHT. This is a small intersection, look for a green “Vipassana” sign and a small Kaufman County Road 155A sign. Continue approximately 1.2 miles on County Road 155-A. This road alternates paved and gravel and you will go past a Dead End sign for a turn off road to the RIGHT. There is a white wooden sign for the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center that marks the driveway to the Center. Turn right at the sign into the driveway. Park in the parking area to the right of the driveway.

Montana Vipassana Association

Since the 70’s Montanans have been attending Vipassana courses in India and around the world. The first two 10-day courses in Montana were held in the early 90’s. Group meditations and 1-day courses for old students were occasionally organized to help support people in their practice over the years. S.N. Goenka came to Montana during his 2002 tour of North America, when he gave a public talk at the University of Montana in Missoula to nearly 400 people. This visit coincided with a 1-day course for old students of Vipassana, where Goenkaji gave Vipassana instructions and answered questions about the practice. This trip then inspired old students to organize four more 10-day courses that held annually every summer between the years 2002-2005. Currently, they are not organizing any 10-day courses in Montana due to the need for a suitable location and insufficient help in organizing a course from old students. With growing interest and the volition from old students to make it happen, 10-day courses will again be offered in Montana in the future. Children and Teens Courses in Montana Every year Montanans organize and offer 1-day courses for children and teens ages 8-15, and they are usually offered in the fall. These courses are designed for kids, and they include instruction in Anapana meditation and breaks for art, games, outdoor activities, and meals.To receive announcements about upcoming children and teens courses fill out the subscription form: Subscribe to Children and Teens Course Announcements Be sure to select the MONTANA box and any other states of interest to you or others you know. For more information and videos go to www.children.dhamma.org. For course dates or to apply go to: Montana Vipassana Course Schedule and Applications Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. The Tradition Since the time of Buddha, Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. Although Indian by descent, the current teacher in this chain, Mr. S.N. Goenka, was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was at the time a high Government official. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. Since then he has taught tens of thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him meet the growing demand for Vipassana courses. Meditation and Self-discipline The process of self-purification by introspection is certainly never easy. Students arrive at their own realizations through their own efforts only. No one can do this for them. Therefore, the meditation will suit only those willing to work seriously and observe the discipline, which is there for the benefit and protection of the meditators and is an integral part of the meditation practice. The Code of Discipline The foundation of the practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight. The Precepts All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:to abstain from killing any being; to abstain from stealing; to abstain from all sexual activity; to abstain from telling lies; to abstain from all intoxicants.There are three additional precepts which old students (that is, those who have completed a course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers) are expected to follow during the course:to abstain from eating after midday; to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations; to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.Old students will observe the sixth precept by having tea without milk or fruit juice at the 5 p.m. break, whereas new student may have tea with milk and some fruit. The teacher may excuse an old student from observing this precept for health reasons. All the old students will observe the seventh and eighth precept. Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique Students must declare themselves willing to comply fully. The students must observe discipline and meditate exactly as the teacher asks, without ignoring or adding any part of the instruction. This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission. Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly. Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation. Other Techniques, Rites, and Forms of Worship During the course it is absolutely essential that all forms of prayer, worship, or religious ceremony — fasting, burning incense, counting beads, reciting mantras, singing and dancing, etc. — be discontinued. All other meditation techniques and healing or spiritual practices should also be suspended. This is not to condemn any other technique or practice, but to give a fair trial to the technique of Vipassana in its purity. Interviews With the Teacher The teacher is available to meet students privately between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. Questions may also be asked in public between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. The interview and question times are for clarifying the technique and for questions arising from the evening discourses. Noble Silence 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. No form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., should be done. 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. Separation of Men and Women Complete segregation of men and women is to be maintained. Couples married or otherwise should not contact each other in any way during the course. The same applies to friends, members of the same family, etc. Physical Contact It is important that throughout the course there be no physical contact whatsoever between persons of the same or opposite sex. Yoga and Physical Exercise Although physical yoga and other exercises are compatible with Vipassana, they should be suspended during the course because proper secluded facilities are not available at the course site. Jogging is also not permitted. Students may exercise during rest periods by walking in the designated areas. Course Finances According to the tradition of pure Vipassana, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Donations are accepted only from those who have completed at least one ten-day course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assisting teachers. Someone taking the course for the first time may give a donation on the last day of the course or any time thereafter.The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also. Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 amMorning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 amMeditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 amBreakfast break8:00-9:00 amGroup meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 amMeditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noonLunch break12noon-1:00 pmRest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pmMeditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pmGroup meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pmMeditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pmTea break6:00-7:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pmTeacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pmQuestion time in the hall9:30 pmRetire to your own room–Lights out     

Michigan Vipassana Centre, USA

In 2002, the first 10-day course in Michigan was organised by a small group of old students from Michigan. They were inspired by the Dr. Bhogilal and Dr. (Mrs.) Kamala Gandhi, who encouraged and supported this endeavor. Before they moved to the United States in February 2002, the Gandhis were responsible for conducting and organizing courses held all over Europe for 20 years. A suitable site was found near Brighton, Michigan where the course was held from 17th to 28th April 2002. Thirty-three new students, five old students and nine full-time dhamma servers attended the course. The course was conducted by Dr. and Mrs. Gandhi, Vipassana teachers appointed as acharyas by Goenkaji. On July 19, 2002, during the 2002 tour of North America, Goenkaji honored the MVA by visiting the group in Brighton, Michigan. Goenkaji decided to give Anapana to the students attending the course. Goenkaji was very keen on the prospects for developing a Vipassana meditation center in Michigan. During the brief visit he recommended that the site be secured for conducting courses and establishing a center. The Michigan Vipassana Association (MVA) is a registered non-profit, charitable organization whose sole purpose is to provide Vipassana courses to the public. It attempts to fulfill this obligation by organizing meditation courses for adults and children on a continued basis. Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is an ancient technique of India, as old as 2500 years and it means to see things as they really are. It aims at the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting into the highest happiness of full liberation. Its main purpose is healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering.Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Its focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, that can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body. They also continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. The mental impurity can thus be dissolved through this observation based, self-explanatory journey to the common root of mind and body, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. The nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood through direct experience. Increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace characterize life. 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.It aims at the highest spiritual goals of total liberation and full enlightenment. Its purpose is not to cure physical disease. However, many psychosomatic diseases are eradicated as a by-product of mental purification. In fact, Vipassana eliminates the three causes of all unhappiness: craving, aversion and ignorance.   The Code of Discipline The foundation of the practice is sīla — moral conduct. Sīla provides a basis for the development of samādhi — concentration of mind; and purification of the mind is achieved through paññā — the wisdom of insight. The Precepts All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:to abstain from killing any being; to abstain from stealing; to abstain from all sexual activity; to abstain from telling lies; to abstain from all intoxicants.There are three additional precepts which old students (that is, those who have completed a course with S.N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers) are expected to follow during the course:to abstain from eating after midday; to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations; to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.Old students will observe the sixth precept by having tea without milk or fruit juice at the 5 p.m. break, whereas new student may have tea with milk and some fruit. The teacher may excuse an old student from observing this precept for health reasons. All the old students will observe the seventh and eighth precept.Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique Students must declare themselves willing to comply fully. The students must observe discipline and meditate exactly as the teacher asks, without ignoring or adding any part of the instruction. This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission. Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly. Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation. Interviews With the Teacher The teacher is available to meet students privately between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. Questions may also be asked in public between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. The interview and question times are for clarifying the technique and for questions arising from the evening discourses. The Course The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline as mentioned above, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. The entire practice is actually a mental training. Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind. Because it has been found genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also.Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate in the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and learn how to eradicate the complexes lying there. Continuity of the practice in seclusion is the secret of this technique’s success. Rules and regulations have been developed keeping this practical aspect in mind. These rules are based on the practical experience of thousands of meditators over the years and are both scientific and rational. Abiding by the rules creates a very conducive atmosphere for meditation; breaking them pollutes it. A student once entered will have to stay for the entire period of the course. The other rules should also be carefully read and considered. Only those who feel that they can honestly and scrupulously follow the discipline should apply for admission. A prospective student should also understand that it would be both disadvantageous and inadvisable to leave without finishing the course upon finding the discipline too difficult. Likewise, it would be most unfortunate if, in spite of repeated reminders, a student does not follow the rules and has to be asked to leave. THE COURSE TIMETABLE The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.4:00 amMorning wake-up bell4:30-6:30 amMeditate in the hall or in your room6:30-8:00 amBreakfast break8:00-9:00 amGroup meditation in the hall9:00-11:00 amMeditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions11:00-12:00 noonLunch break12noon-1:00 pmRest and interviews with the teacher1:00-2:30 pmMeditate in the hall or in your room2:30-3:30 pmGroup meditation in the hall3:30-5:00 pmMeditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions5:00-6:00 pmTea break6:00-7:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall7:00-8:15 pmTeacher’s Discourse in the hall8:15-9:00 pmGroup meditation in the hall9:00-9:30 pmQuestion time in the hall9:30 pmRetire to your own room–Lights outWhat to BringBringDo Not BringCLOTHING: Enough comfortable, modest, non-binding clothing for the duration of your stay. No washing machines or dryers are available, so students should bring sufficient clothing. Small items can be hand-washed. Warm clothing will be necessary for mornings and evenings. Bathing and laundry may be done only in the break periods and not during meditation hours.EATING UTENCILSPlates, a mug or a cup, water bottle, bowls, silverware, flatware, chopsticks, etc.ESSENTIAL OBJECTS Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clock, umbrella, flash light, lantern, raincoat, rain boots. Bring large enough tent to be able to sit up and meditate in, but not a huge tent. Tent space is limited. (the site is in the middle of the rainforest…if you do not bring necessary items you will have to do without.)NECESSARY OBJECTS Towels and all needed toiletries, non-scented personal hygiene articles and feminine sanitary protection (the site is in the middle of the rainforest…if you do not bring necessary items you will have to do without.)SUGGESTED ITEMS Sunglasses, flip flops, easy slip-ons e.g clogs,A shawl or light blanket other than your sleeping blanket for use in the meditation hall REVEALING CLOTHING: Modest dress is required for both men and womenTight, transparent, revealing or otherwise striking clothing (such as low risers, shorts, short skirts, tights, leggings, sleeveless, tank or skimpy tops) should not be worn at the center.OTHER Cell phones Tobacco in any form Non-prescribed drugs Perfumes or strongly scented toiletries >ELECTRONICS: These may not be used as alarm clocks during the course. No musical instrumentsFOOD: Personal food itemsJEWLRY Jewelry or other unnecessary valuablesRELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL OBJECTS.BOOKS or diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials.For course application visit  

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It is with much excitement that I share this Couples' Meditation with you! You and your partner can use this whenever you like. It's a good one to help you plug into one another after a long day apart. It's also a good way to energize and start the day, and on the opposite end, it can be a relaxing thing to do before bedtime. And if you do this meditation right before lovemaking, it can really strengthen your chemistry!

How could a Shy Person Become a Yoga Teacher?

For an aspiring Yoga teacher, shyness is like a prison which stops him or her from life's rewards. This person knows what to do, but feels serious anxiety when having to address a person or when having to speak in front of a group.

Kundalini Yoga – What Is The Mystery?

Kundalini seems to be one of the schools of yoga around which there is an air of mystery and mysticism. Some might even say there is a hint of danger in it. Kundalini is different than some of the more popular and mainstream types of yoga most commonly practiced in the United States.

Tantra For Beginners

Tantra is more than just a way to more intense orgasm, however. It's an Eastern practice that involves the whole mind, body and soul. You may want to extend the practise out of the bedroom, as Tantra includes techniques that can affect your whole way of life. By harnessing your sexual energy and directing it towards areas of the body or mind, you can boost energy and clear blockages. Tantric practise also means treating your body and your...

Connecting Deeper With Life Through Ancient Tantra

Ancient tantra teaches us that the magic of sex does not lie in the mechanical, clinical, physical act but in the connection between two souls. A tantra teacher will tell you that it is this connection that keeps two people together for life, and can help you find that connection.To understand tantra, one must cross many levels and break many external and internal barriers that stand between oneself and one’s goal – supreme awareness. With that...

Is Kundalini Yoga Related to Sexual Scandals and Disasters?

Kundalini yoga is a spiritual and a mystical science which teaches the secret Practices and techniques of arousing the Kundalini energy by causing energy to travel up through the spine, by stimulating six chakras in its path (which are the emotional- psychic centres) to reach the Crown chakra, where the individual's self merges in the universal self and he attains the state of Self-realisation.

How does mind operate? Vedantic theory: Mind is not consciousness (Cit) which is immaterial, also…?

there is no mind without matter or matter without mind except in dreamless sleep. There is no vacuous in active mind it always has an object. Also, mind is only aware of objects when given attention to them. My theory is the mind is a quasicystal substance composed of constructed repeated structures when the kundalini light ray directed by attention is cast upon an object of experience. Further, awareness is within and without consciousness and...

What if God/our creator is evil?

anyone ever pondered this concept? Ancient Sumerian (oldest advanced civilization known to man) texts have information on astronomy etc, many advanced concepts long before we learned.. apparently they received this Information from aliens and stated humans were created as biogentic experiment/slave race. This goes back to the garden of eden (is it just a metaphor?) – Original sin and fall of humanity.. Eve’s sin was eating from tree...

kundalini and its awakening by male or female?

okay so somewhere in an online article from Swami Satyananda Saraswati I read that awakening kundalini for female involves intercourse while the male technique is a specific yoga (something about a chakra being in the vagina and the males somewhere else). Can someone explain what I’m talking about because I cannot find where I read this >

What is salvation in relation to the lundalin piercing the Sahashra chakra, thus burning karma.?

Hey – the category is ]Relision and Spirituality’, not ‘ Irrelevant ancient Judaic writins’.Can anyone comment on the LAnkavatura sutra, which says that the fires of the Buddha nature are lit when one achieves moksha, or liberation from the smasaric cycle of rebirth to drop the maya-formed ego shell? this question is not open to mainworry, who just abused me and called me a loser. (Typical of a Christian(Pauline...

Tantra As An Alternative Medicine

There are various ways for realization of SELF as Brahman, who is the source of Truth, Existence and Bliss. Tantra is one of them. Through Tantra we experience the Supreme Bliss of Knowledge & Power. Most People are unclear about what Tantra really is and what it can do for you. Probably the most common view is that Tantra has some connection with Oriental religion, with uninhibited sex, and with the lovemaking positions and techniques...

Do you like this theory of mine,,,,,read it?

some scientists speculate that the atmosphere for ancient humans was much different then it was today,, more oxygen, or denser etc,,, Ancient people that lived in India who developed Yoga,, physical techniques used to connect with the ‘divine’ may have been doing so after realizing thier mental and spiritual sensitivities were changing and they needed to jump statrt thier system so to speak, ignite thier kundalini, maybe these...

Where can I find sources that tell me THE TRUTH about the Mayans?

I was watching something on the discovery channel that said Mayans would cut their penis and through the smoke serpent they could talk to the dead, but they gave no supporting evidence, wich lead me to believe this was misconstruied (because many ancient religions talked about the spiritual and sexual power of the kundalini serpent, wich is known to be flaming hot) Can you guys give me links on iformation regrding the smoke serpent and the Mayan...

Do you agree if not for Lucifer the “Angel of Light” there would be no enlightenment?

“Gnostic Christians maintained that the “light” Lucifer brought was true enlightenment, which He gave humanity against God’s will, as Prometheus stole the fire of heaven to bring civilization to mankind against the will of Zeus. God denied Adam and Eve the fruit of the tree of knowledge, desiring to keep them ignorant; but Lucifer, in the form of the serpent, gave them the “light” of wisdom. He became the...

Can Quantum Physics not see the forest because of the trees?

Albert Einstein said, “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” Again he said, “Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of this empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it. Propositions arrived at by purely logical means are completely empty as regards reality.” It seems if it is not...

Where should I look for spiritual guidance?

I have been going through some interesting and confusing states of mind lately and I think I am in desperate need of guidance through this process. I have been meditating for a while and this has brought some sense of peace and hopefully expanded my mind a little. In an attempt to enhance those feelings I started experimenting with certain herbs, which brought incredible new feelings (very similar to what other people have described as a...

What do you think of A Trace of Light – short poem?

A Trace of Light by Victoria Tarrani (c) 0906.11 Imagine an evergreen forest with sweet music of a cellist where fireflies dart about near an altar for the devout candles, flowers, food on aprons wreaths tied around some flagons water nearby, a place to meditate on the depths of life and fate; the serpent rises in your body awakening you to the kundalini. …..A lake clear as a silver mirror …..who do you see in the center? . I never give thumbs...