Regarding Vipassana Buddha’s teachings are quite explicit. I have attended the ten days SN Goenka Vipassana course. From my observation and understanding of Buddha’s teachings, true Vipassana is much different from SN Goenka’s Hypnotism oriented Vipassana retreats. Goenka’s vipassana retreat is a kind of pain addiction meditation.
You can practice Vipassana comfortably at your home. The basic steps are as follows:
- Sit in a relaxed and upright posture, with straight spine, open chest, hands resting naturally on the thighs. To take such a posture already expresses the genuine dignity of being human. To remain in that posture during the ups and downs of your thought and emotional processes expresses the fundamental confidence of trusting in unconditional goodness.
- The eyes are open [or closed] with soft gaze, slightly down, and you take the same attitude to the other senses-open but not fixed or harshly string to experience something.
- As you sit there, you allow your minds to identify with the outgoing breath, to go out with it, and then to return to be attentive to the posture as the breath comes in.
As thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations begin to pop up, you note them and let them be as they are, not trying to push them away, or holding onto them and indulging them.
Finally, spread your love to all beings.
The neurological foundation for vipassana is very simple. By sending a signal to the brain via the Vagus nerve, one of ten Cranial nerves and one that directly enters the brain stem near the fight/flight mechanisms of your lower brain.
During true vipassan our two Vagus nerve, connects to all the body’s organs and regulates heart rate and breathing, and oxytocin, plays a critical role in communicating and calming
When your mind empties through this practice of watching, your chi will begin to rise into your head and that stream of refreshing chi energy will silently pour into your brain to quiet your thoughts just as a stream of clear water that enters a muddy pond will soon clarify it as well. All you have to do to let it happen is just let go of your thoughts and rest your mind.
You can practice this for at least 15 minutes a day, twice a day, at your home. True Vipassana is a very gradual, gentle and peaceful process. You don’t need to torture your body. You don’t need to scarify your freedom. You don’t need to scarify your social life. You can start Vipassana wherever you are. It may be at your office or at your home. You just need to develop your faculty of deep observation.
I observed that in Goenka vipassana retreat many people suffer pain and frustration. There may be little bit joy after pain due to secretion of Endorphin hormones. Stress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. Endorphin generates some joy and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine lead to addiction or dependence.
Often it is observed that Goenka vipassana retreat is like addiction. Modern research proved that emotional pain can become an addiction. This type of addiction doesn’t win again for a long time. They keep trying to get result, potentially they are ruining their life.