Daily Archives: November 21, 2010

Day 12, the script

8:18 pm

I realized since I started writing its just been pouring out of me.  All the unsaid and untold stories of my daily existence.  At first, I set out to write a script and now I am rearranging my life in order to write everyday or as it turns out I only have 12 hours a week.  I want to back up a little.  I set out to write a script, a comedy but instead I am talking about Lucid dreams and Vipassana meditation.  Its ok.  All of these will be a part of it somehow.  Its my character and I have to get to know her.

Yesterday on the way to the park with Yura and Isaiah, I saw Malcolm Gladwell in his running gear.  He was leaving the park, my husband spotted him.  I never see anyone and he is always pointing out the celebrities for me.  I think he must live somewhere in Park Slope.  Its funny because that day I was thinking about him.  I quote him a lot.  I wrote the post based on his 10,000 hour theory.  To become a master you just need 10,000 hours of practice was on the the conclusions of the Outliers.  I conclude that at this rate I might become a master writer by 54.

I guess what’s funny to me today is ever since I decided to do this script, I’ve been meeting film maker after film maker and writer after writer.  It feels like everyone new that I meet now is a writer or a film maker.  So far, they have been short encounters but I want to know more so I will ask questions. 

8:39 pm


the blanket

shot by Lara, somhow Isaiah was surrounded by light

Day 12, Vipassana

I forgot to timestamp.

now its 11:02pm on Sunday

I was thinking about Vipassana the last few days.  I noticed lately a lot of people asking me what it is, so I decided to Post it.  Elizabeth Blue signed up and it inspired me.  I will sign up as soon as I get pregnant.  I am not trying yet but that is the time I want to go.  You get extra food 🙂 

I also looked it up on Wikipedia and this description was missing.  I edited Wikipedia and you can too.  I hope it gets in there, now I will remember to check.  Watch the video too.

Vipassana Today
Vipassana Meditation Today is All over the world.  There is an active center for learning a submersion form of the technique.  http://www.dhamma.org/en/vipassana.shtml is the source for the information bellow. 

The Technique

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.

This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.

Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.

The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
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.
The Courses

The technique is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline, learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.

The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation.

The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one’s attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.

By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.

Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.

A short video (5.7 MB) about the observation of breath and bodily sensations in this technique can be viewed with the free QuickTime movie player http://video.server.dhamma.org/video/vipassana/apvip.mov.

The entire practice is actually a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind.

Because it has been found to be 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. No person involved in its teaching receives any material remuneration.

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.

Of course, the results come gradually through continued practice. It is unrealistic to expect all problems to be solved in ten days. Within that time, however, the essentials of Vipassana can be learned so that it can be applied in daily life. The more the technique is practiced, the greater the freedom from misery, and the closer the approach to the ultimate goal of full liberation. Even ten days can provide results which are vivid and obviously beneficial in everyday life.

All sincere people are welcome to join a Vipassana course to see for themselves how the technique works and to measure the benefits. All those who try it will find Vipassana to be an invaluable tool with which to achieve and share real happiness with others.

You may apply for a Vipassana meditation course by completing and submitting an application for a scheduled course.