Three weeks ago, I returned from a 10-day Goenka Vipassana meditation retreat at Dhamma Dara in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Goenka (1924–2013) was a Burmese-Indian teacher of Vipassanā meditation. His teaching was notable for emphasizing that the Buddha’s path to liberation was non-sectarian, universal, and scientific in character. He became an influential teacher and established meditation centers, like the one I attended in the Berkshires, all over the world.
My time at Dhamma Dara was easily one of the most brutal and intense yet profound and rewarding experiences in my life. When I signed up, I didn’t expect the retreat would help me solve my problems or discover my purpose in life. My goal going into the course was simply to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of my mind. However, I walked away experiencing and learning so much more. I didn’t fully appreciate how intertwined our minds, emotions and bodies truly are.Read More