When we meditate together we are supporting each other energetically.
Imagine what it can be like with one hundred soon-to-be Buddhas living together in silence and sitting in Vipassana Meditation for 7 days!
This is a rare opportunity to see what is possible when you give this time and space of meditation to yourself, away from your usual busy life. Through awareness of the breath you can watch, without getting involved, as your mind’s dramas slow down. Your thinking process settles when you withdraw your attention and involvement with it. It also brings to the surface and dissolves deep-seated complexes and tensions. It is a deep cleaning.
Vipassana is known as an insight meditation. An insight is an understanding that can happen, not through thinking, but through giving the thinking process a rest. In insight meditation you ‘know’ rather than think. To know an object during Vipassana meditation means to experience it with nonverbal awareness. You merely register the sensation with impartial attention, without identifying, judging or describing it.
Of course, the greatest results come through continued practice, but within these seven days the essentials of Vipassana can be learned and experienced so that it can be applied in daily life. It is really a meditation for the market place, and once you get the knack of watching the breath then you can take it into everyday life. Simply to be inactive is already an invitation for the body-mind to relax. We will be in silence totally for the seven days, and this will include not using the computer, or telephone.
What is Vipassana?>>
Watch, witness, observe your thoughts -- without any judgment, without any condemnation or valuation.... Because the moment you make any judgment for or against, you are no longer a witness; you have already become part of the thought process. Remain silent, and just see whatsoever is passing on the screen of your mind, the way you see a film. Just remember that you are only a seer.
And the same process when you have succeeded on the first layer will make you capable of seeing your feelings which are more subtle. But the person who can see thoughts and remains silently a witness automatically becomes capable of the second step. Soon you will be able to see your feelings, sentiments, moods, emotions.
Once you are beyond the second, then the third... is the deepest in you, the feeling of "I", the separation of you from the universe. Actually you are not separated for a single moment, you cannot exist in separation. You are in tune in every possible way. There are thousands of bridges between you and the existence around you. Now watch this silence, this is-ness, this feeling of am-ness; simply watch. There is nothing else to watch, just a small boundary around you. As you watch thoughts, thoughts disappear. As you watch feelings, feelings disappear. As you watch being, you are no longer separate. Only the witness remains, which is your eternal reality. And it has nothingto do with you; it is universal. OSHO
Shunyo’s training in awareness began whilst living close to Osho for 14 years, as part of his household.. For the past 20 years she’s been travelling around the world conduc ting seminars, meditation trainings and retreats of Osho Neo Vipassana, which she leads also at the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune. Thanks to her vision centered on the heart, her very presence allows participants to reach deep levels of peace and tranquility. She narrated her experience of life with the Master in a wonderful book "My Diamond Days with Osho,", translated into many languages. Director of the "Osho Institute of Vipassana & Zazen".
Osho, a contemporary enlightened master, has dedicated his life to the awakening of consciousness, not only creating the famous Active Meditations and the original Meditative Therapies, but also delving into all the ancient teachings of the great enlightened masters and turning them into powerful techniques for the contemporary man.
He gave special attention to the Osho Neo Vipassana: retreats of Neo Vipassana were among the first “groups” offered in Pune in the 70s, with Osho that at the end of each retreat spoke personally with participants and leaders, clarifying questions and uncertainties, creating a wealth of precise and precious suggestions on watching without judgment, on disidentification, the value of insight... and much more, the heritage of those who lead the retreats today. On the Maha Vipassana site many pages from those conversations and more form Osho on the subject.