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This is a query to all meditators, in regards to their type of practice. I've been practicing vipassana meditation for almost two years, and practiced candle-gazing and mantra meditation for about two years before attending my first course.






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I do! Vipassana was my introduction to meditation last summer, and I've stuck with it since then. There are a lot of great meditation centers here.
Yeah. You're lucky, living on the east coast, everythings easily accessable by train/bus. If I was in NY, I'd probably be serving at a course on the weekends just to get the batteries recharged. I find it's easier to keep up the daily two hr sits if you've got others to help motivate you.

If your in NY then you are close to the Shelburne Mass center which is the oldest and most established center outside of India, it is very nice there!  I just took a course there this past December.  I have been to a few centers and this one is very well established.   http://courses.dhamma.org/en-US/schedules/schdhara

Hey there! :) My first course was in 1992. There are at least a couple of others here who have sat a course and served a few too! :) I see you're in Minnesota, did you go to Ill.? We ought to start a group! We can talk about things no one else will understand! :D
Oh how funny, I just joined your group in order to post without really realizing it. Great, we have a group! :)
We should! We could call it Vipassana: The Real meditation!
Lol! Okay then, let's see who gets to creating it first. :)
My first course was Sept. 08' at the center in Pecatonica, Illinois. Since then I've only had the chance to serve one course last December, which was an amazing experience! After doing all the meta meditations, I felt like I left with a heart of gold, constantly radiating love and positivity. I think that being on raw food this past course helped tremendously. I hardly needed any sleep and I felt alot more focused compared to my first course. I'm excited to sit another one this summer 100% fruitarian!
Did you happen to serve with Lee from St. Louis? He's retired and serves ALOT! Yes, I meditate better on raw for sure. SO exciting to hear about your courses! Speaking of sleep, I need some! :) SO glad you're here! :D
Actually, Lee sat the course I served. Yeah, I heard he practically lives there! I was eating all raw during the course and on the 11th day, I remember him asking me if I got sick as he'd been fighting off a nasty cold at the time. He seemed interested in the diet so who knows? Maybe he'll give it a shot. Personally, I think it's a necessary step to liberation/enlightenment. And I'm so glad you're here too! :)

Not sure I'd use the word necessary about a raw food diet in connection to enlightenment.


You know the Buddha died from eating poisonous pork don't you ('he' was already ill)? He spent a period only eating cow dung when he was an ascetic before renouncing those kinds of ascetic disciplines. Main instruction to monks was they could not meat if they knew a life had been taken purposely for feeding the monk.


These days nobody knows who killed what animal for whom so I think meat consumers are all to some extent responsible for the taking of every animal life that's carcass is destined for a dinner plate / food bowl. 


I've been Vipassana meditator since 2002. Daily practice and all (that bit is very important if you want to progress with meditation). Spent 3-4 months serving at Dhamma Giri which was a highlight of service in centres all over.

This just came in the mail, goes to the heart of the matter:


Daily Words of the Buddha for April 07, 2011

Pāṇaṃ na hane na ca ghātayeyya,
na cānujaññā hanataṃ paresaṃ,
sabbesu bhūtesu nidhāya daṇḍaṃ.
Ye thāvarā ye ca tasā santi loke.
Listen: http://host.pariyatti.org/dwob/sutta_nipata_2_396.mp3

One should not kill a living being,
nor cause it to be killed,
nor should one incite another to kill.
Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.

Sutta Nipāta 2.396
The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipāta, translated by John D. Ireland

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