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The Vipassana technique is a 2500 year-old, non-religious technique of self-purification through meditation. I knew absolutely nothing about it before going, but quickly found myself intrigued and curious. The goal is to eradicate misery in your own life by learning to observe sensations in the body.
A lot of Buddhist ideology focuses on getting rid of misery through the elimination of craving, aversion and hatred in one’s life. What’s unique about Vipassana is that it does so by fusing this philosophy with irrefutable scientific facts about the human body and the laws of nature. Modern scientists have since validated these facts, it just took a millennium or two.
Because it is more scientifically based, it has no affiliation or requirement for religious belief. It is simply a method of training the mind to not crave or hate, through the law of impermanence, which basically means that any sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, will always dissipate. During meditation sessions, one tunes him or herself to the sensations present in the body. It might be something like an itch or a pain, or something like a subtle buzzing or tingling. For those that are unpleasant, you train yourself not to react with hatred. For the pleasant, you train yourself not to react with craving. Because the sensations are impermanent, not reacting forces one to accept the reality of the present moment and none other.
As you train your mind more and more with the subtle sensations, you begin to subconscious continue this trend of “living in the moment”, and no longer have the habit of developing misery subconsciously through reactions of craving and hatred.
It took me a little while to wrap my mind around the concept, but after watching our lectures and spending time tossing the ideas around in my head, I came to understand and be intrigued by the practice. Even after 10 days, I am nowhere near full understanding of the technique, but if anything, I’ve found that it never hurts to take time away from the stress and pace of daily life and focus on living in the present moment.