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The Vipassana Retreat

The Vipassana Retreat

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E-mail: bdea@buddhanet.net Web site: www.buddhanet.net 
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.
 Ven. Pannyavaro
The Vipassana Retreathe Vipassana Retreat
 
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 About the Vipassana Retreat
V
ipassana meditation
requires long-term commitment.While it can be done to some extent in everyday life, realis-tically for the practice to deepen it needs to be done intensivelyin a supportive retreat situation. Vipassana meditation is devel-opmental, so to realise its ultimate benefit it has to be sustainedwith appropriate intensity under supportive conditions such asthe Seven Types of Suitability:Place or Dwelling— well-furnished and supported centre ormonastery, secluded and quiet, easily accessible, few insects,basic requirements of food, clothes and medicine.Location— not too far or close to town.Food— a balanced diet, healthy, digestible and nourishing,taken in moderate amounts.People— other meditators as companions, considerate withgood attitude and practice.Teacher (kalyana-mitta)learned and respected teacherwho speaks and listens well.Noble Silence— other than informative Dhamma talks andinterviews with the teacher.Weather— not too hot or cold, i.e. a temperate climate.Vipassana retreat centres specialising in the needs of vipassana practitioners have evolved around the world to cater for theserequirements and conditions, usually to the exclusion of anyworldly, religious or study activities.

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