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21 January 2015

The art of vipassana

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By Nicky Jenkins

[groups_non_member group=”Registered”]My first experience of Vipassana was the Goenka method, 10 days of Silence, with hours of sitting in Bangalore India. My experience was not one of awakening but one of PAIN, so much pain that I couldn’t even hear what the teachers were teaching. My parting feeling was that of amazement and achievement for actually being able to do it, that was it. So when I decided to venture into Vipassana again I knew it wasn’t going to be the Goenka Method.

My delightful path of teachers led me to Burgs. Attending his 7 day silent retreat then his year online course I applied for his Vipassana retreat. Fully trusting that my experience would be what is was meant to be.

 

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[groups_member group=”Registered”]My first experience of Vipassana was the Goenka method, 10 days of Silence, with hours of sitting in Bangalore India. My experience was not one of awakening but one of PAIN, so much pain that I couldn’t even hear what the teachers were teaching. My parting feeling was that of amazement and achievement for actually being able to do it, that was it. So when I decided to venture into Vipassana again I knew it wasn’t going to be the Goenka Method.

My delightful path of teachers led me to Burgs. Attending his 7 day silent retreat then his year online course I applied for his Vipassana retreat. Fully trusting that my experience would be what is was meant to be.

On arrival to Buckland Hall in the Brecon beacons, I was ready for my time of sitting. Burgs lead us through the art of Vipassana effortlessly, so much so I felt he was bypassing my analytical/judging mind right into my heart, which responded with a feeling of being home. His invitation to explore the practice with patience and kindness enabled me to ‘Let Go’. His teaching of the Dharma resonated deep inside with no questions needed. His guidance of the practice and the contemplations that arose, supported and kept us safe.

Over the days the antics of my mind settled, insight began to arise followed by a humbling acceptance of the self I have created. Well should I say I had glimpse of a few self created habits, I am sure there are plenty more, but I feel settled in the knowledge that patience, practice and right effort will lay the path for more insight and understanding.

Without trying to sound cheesy BURGS IS AWESOME!

The end of the retreat came too quickly with a deep sense of unfolding just about to begin, but this is a journey that will emerge at it’s own pace, what fun!

My arrival back in Guernsey has seen a Nicky who takes on challenges with a sense of balance and understanding, not a Nicky full of self-doubt. A Nicky who see’s each day as a blessing, and FEELS deep gratitude for this life I have. These are just a few of the changes I have experienced, and still tiny shifts in my being are occurring. My experience is living through me in my relationships and my teaching of Yoga. Would I do it again? I have already signed up for next year.

Would I recommend it? OF COURSE![/groups_member]

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