I was wondering if anyone can recommend a place to do the 10 day Buddhist Vipassana meditation course (10 days of not talking to anyone else, sitting, meditating and hopefully finding increased awareness, clarity of the mind and happiness).
There's a handful in both nth Thailand and Myanmar and heaps in India.
I'm interested in doing it, but am not sure if some places might be 'better' than others.
Any suggestions of people who've done it or heard about any would be great.
I will recommend you do it in Sagaing, just across the bridge from Mandalay. I visited the SAGAING PA BA GYAUNG (not for meditation though!I tried mine at forest monastery in Ubon years ago!),it's more than 900 years old and an ideal spot for unperturbed meditation. But while I was there, a monk gave me the address of another being suitable for foreigners. It's the Mahavijayaransi Vijjalaya & Mahaatularansi Dhamma Yeiktha
Kya-Swa Chanung (Valley)Sagasaing Hills. It's a heavenly place, quiet & peaceful. They teach Vipassana using the Mahasi Sayadaw method. The teacher is Ven. Sayadaw U Lakkhana. I was given this e-mail: -snip-
Sagaing itself is worth a visit if pogadas, temples, mean much to you. They ever have nunneries here.From Sagaing you can go to Pokkako and then take the ferry to Bagan.
[ Edit: Sorry, no emails in the forum please. ]
Thanks so much for the info Danalasta,
How did you remember and keep those details?
Can you confirm that of all those names there are two places recommended or is it just one long name?
Thanks again, i'll email at any rate and see if i get a response
Being a former journalist & writer helps! It is my second nature. You will never know when you need these details & observations when you sit down to write a story! I always bring along tape recorder, video camera & SLR & note book.
This is a stand alone centre: Mahavijayaransi Vijjalaya & Mahaatularansi Dhamma Yeiktha Kya-Swa Chanung (Valley)Sagasaing Hills.
Where you go exactly is not so much important as who you study with. I have completed a number of course with S.N. Goenka associated centers. They exist all over the world. I have not mediatated in any of his Asian centers, but I know from experience that his is an amazing practice.
Keep in mind that S.N Goenka does not "run" each center. They are all independent and use his practice as a foundation for meditation. They are 10-day courses (no talking, etc.)