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2013-07-22 @ 22:28:27
I did it in NorCal, SoCal, and British Columbia, Canada. It’s free to do and fully funded by donations. It’s apparently the meditation method of the original Buddha before it got turned into a bunch of religions.
2013-07-21 @ 23:28:22
I remember the Lion phase hitting me at a point in my life where I felt like ever since I’d been born, I had constantly been manipulated by every force to think and behave in certain ways. Even every time somebody uses words, it is for the sake of manipulation.
Doing a Vipassana meditation retreat really allowed me to hit the reset button on my mind. After eleven days of meditation without speaking, I finally knew peace, and can now see the world more objectively. I highly recommend this to others.
2012-12-11 @ 14:52:25
I blame European capitalism.
In the Dark Ages, Europe was the armpit of the world. It easily inherited technology laterally from places like the Middle East and China because they experience similar seasons (plants, animals, clothing, etc…), then easily implemented the technologies because there was a small ruling class to hoard the resources and they actually had to contribute for communal survival.
Because of the mentality of scarcity from a time like this, it is more beneficial to look out for oneself than one’s neighbors and so capitalism boomed with the addition of the new technologies that toppled the inefficient empire elsewhere in the world that didn’t need, or want, to use them to their fullest to maintain the status quos.
Hundreds of years later and we still have this community division born out of the mentality of a pathetic Europe that got lucky. Capitalism was the best system for the context, but now that we have resources, it is the worst. If you look at prisoner’s dilemma from strategic game theory, it is clear that competition loses to cooperation.
We are at a time when people can afford to survive making choices that benefit themselves 80% and society 50% rather than themselves 100% and society 0%. People still live in the archaic paradigm because it worked in the past, economics/school tells them that it’s “human nature”, and because the media glorifies rich people and prostitutes over teachers and firemen.
When people start making decisions that impact the community more, they will feel like they are a larger part of it, and people will not only start to feel better, but the resulting positive externatlities will spill over to also materially improve their lives.
2011-02-06 @ 00:50:16
I have attended a 10-day Vipassana sitting and found it a very useful experience that I would recommend to anybody. http://www.dhamma.org/
I felt that, ever since birth, so many forces are trying to influence our thoughts>opinions>decisions and the constant external manipulation leads us to create a false reality about the world. Vipassana, it is worth noting, is all reality based- the meditation is perception based and comes from within without being scewed by thoughts or even external senses like sight or sounds. It is all in the body and equivalent to absolute truth.
After the course I felt great, had amazing posture, and near infinite discipline. In my classes I would sit attentively and hear every single word that was said and would never zone out, no matter how bored or tired I was. If you can train yourself to do nothing…then you can do anything.
Something interesting that happened to me around the 6th day, I went into a super-trance where I felt like energy and was totally in the zone without any thought for 2 hours straight. Previously meditating, I couldn’t go 2 seconds. The next few days I found that I could not meditate anymore and eventually realized it was because I was looking for something, based on the precedent of what I’d felt before, rather than strictly perceiving what was already there. This seems like a small difference but made a black and white difference and was an amazing clash of theory and reality to me.