A 256 acre property with a house in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho has just been purchased to be used as a Dhamma house and permanent site for courses in the Intermountain region. The Intermountain Vipassana Association, Inc. (IVA) is a new Trust serving the region, which covers Idaho, Northern Utah,and parts of Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Eastern Oregon.
Vipassana is a technique to see things as they really are and is as old as 2500 years. It was taught in India as the universal remedy for universal illness.
Since the time of Buddha, Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. 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.
An introduction about Vipassana can be better understood by watching the video as shown in the link below
Vipassana can be learnt by attending the 10 day residential course in which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience of meditation is required.
Ten days is certainly a very short time to penetrate 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. They are not primarily for the benefit of the teacher or the course management, nor are they negative expressions of tradition, orthodoxy or blind faith in some organized religion. Rather, they 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.
The day at the centre begins at 4:00 a.m. with a wakeup bell and continues until 9:00 p.m. There are about ten hours of meditation throughout the day, interspersed with regular breaks and rest periods. Every evening at 7:00 p.m. there is a videotaped lecture by the Teacher, S.N. Goenka, which provides a context for meditators to understand their experience of the day.
Each student who attends a Vipassana course is given this gift by a previous student. There is no charge for either the teaching, or for room and board. All Vipassana courses worldwide are run on a strictly voluntary donation basis. At the end of your course, if you have benefited from the experience, you are welcome to donate for the coming students, according to your volition and your means.
Items to be carried by Students
Personal food, cell phones, pagers, laptop computers, palm pilots, music, reading materials, journals to write in, or art supplies are not allowed.
- Warm blankets or sleeping bag
- Pillow (not the same as your meditation cushion)
- A pillow case
- 2 sheets (one bottom sheet to keep mattress clean)
- Even if you are using a sleeping bag, please bring a sheet to keep the mattress clean.
Please bring your own meditation cushions, as cushions at the course sites are limited. You will be very happy that you brought some! Meditation floor mats will be supplied for each student, but you will certainly want additional cushions.
Students will also want to bring a shawl or blanket to use in the meditation hall (most students like a light shawl even if the weather is warm) that is separate from their sleeping blankets.
Please bring enough warm and comfortable clothing for the entire duration of your stay. Most people find that loose clothing is more comfortable for meditation. For laundry there are no washing machines, only limited hand washing facilities and clothes lines for drying. All students should observe the rules for modest dress as outlined in the Code of Discipline. Shorts, tank tops, transparent, tight or revealing clothing, etc. are not permitted. Tights or leggings should be worn only under a knee length top or skirt/dress.
For those unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain weather, it is usually unpredictable, quickly changeable, and sometimes extreme. Therefore, please bring clothing for both warm and cool, as well as rainy conditions, regardless of the time of year or weather reports. As the saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather just wait an hour!”
- Warm hat
- Warm socks
- Comfortable walking shoes, with good traction for uneven walking trails
- House slippers and/or quiet slip-on shoes are useful inside
For the comfort of the other students, please do not bring any perfumes or scented creams, powders, shaving lotions, etc. Some students are very sensitive to smells during a course and this can become a source of irritation.
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Bath soap
- Unscented deodorant
- Shower sandals (flip-flops)
- Shaving supplies
- Feminine hygiene supplies
There are only limited hand washing facilities for doing laundry, and only clotheslines for drying. Please bring enough clothes for the entire course, and/or laundry detergent for hand washing your clothes.
- Unscented mosquito repellent
- Small travel alarm clock
- Laundry soap
- Sunglasses, sunblock lotion and sun hat
- Nalgene type water bottle with your name on it
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