Vipassana provides the goals of "seeing things as they are", or dispelling all ignorance by shedding light, or awareness, on everything mentally happening in our lives until we purify our minds slowly to the deepest levels of its ability. We're left with our purified mind, which brings us in line with the laws of nature. So it is a universal system that is devoid of prayer, Beings, etc. It is about you, your gratitude, sincerity, purification, faith, etc. Prayer is a form of gratitude and giving love and gratitude for everything in one's life is in line with Vipassana. Calling on other Beings to "do the work" for you is not. Rather, one may consciously work with all tools that come across one's life to heal an issue (mental, emotional, physical). The Buddha helped simplify this process by creating the Noble 8-fold Path and the meditations of Vipassana to inspire and purify our minds.
Vipassana is the art of using one's awareness to purify one's mind. Awareness or focus is strengthened until awareness helps us sense and feel what is happening in each location of our bodies. We tune into the sensations occurring on and inside our bodies and learn how to observe; constantly strengthening our ability to observe and not react, as these sensations we begin experiencing are the change taking place in our life energy as well as direct, actual karmas coming up to the surface of our minds to purify. These sensations, or karmas, are connected to old habit patterns of our minds related to craving or aversion ("I want it" or "I don't want it"), with some of them being neutral.
More theory about these sensations is given at 10-day silent retreats and by working with an instructor. We (Vipassana New World) also provide a few audios for a new student to learn Anapana & Vipassana without a 10-day retreat. Students who resonate with the technique are encouraged to take part in a 10-day retreat as soon as they are able from any qualified location/ organization around the world.
Vipassana itself is mostly taught using two lineages, or traditions:
- SN Goenka/ Sayagyi U a Khin/ Ledi Sayadaw Lineage, known as "Anicca" Vipassana where one practices "piece-by-piece, part-by-part" throughout one's body in a methodical way. This is taught at Vipassana New World alongside a relaxation technique taught at www.DhammaSukha.org.
- Spirit Rock/ Kornfield/ Mahasi Sayadaw Lineage, where one feels 'what comes up' in one's body and experiences them as fully as possible as they arise.
In both cases, as years of practice continue, the same goal occurs; a dissolution of ego where a person is left acting very sweet, kind, with little to no desire or need to control or attachment and codependency. A person becomes very peaceful and self-aware of their own energy.
Vipassana New World has taught students from both traditions, however our expertise lies in the SN Goenka lineage of teaching, though we are not affiliated with their organization. Typically the Spirit Rock Tradition has seen a derivative of many forms of Vipassana, though similar in nature. Additionally there are the oriental forms of Vipassana falling under the 'Zen' categories.
Some Vipassana Websites Include:
- Wikipedia Vipassana: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassan%C4%81
- Vipassana as taught by SN Goenka: http://www.dhamma.org/en/vipassana.shtml
- International Meditation Centers, IMC, from Sayagyi U Ba Khin teachings: USA Website- http://www.internationalmeditationcentre.org/usa/introduction.html and International Website- http://www.internationalmeditationcentre.org/global/index.html
- Insight Meditation Center: http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org
- Insight Meditation Society: http://www.dharma.org/
- Vipassana New World: /what-is-vipassana.html and /what-is-anapana.html
Information on our 10-day Vipassana-style retreats:
A 10-day silent meditation retreat is coming to Your area; the same kind popularized at worldwide meditation centers for their effectiveness in calming and purifying our minds and bringing peace to our lives.
Vipassana New World, www.VipassanaNewWold.org, is proud to bring a 10-day silent Vipassana-style meditation retreat to Sedona and Northern Arizona this Spring, 2013.
Held on a simple property surrounded by Sedona's glorious and powerful Red Rock energy, this retreat will be the third 10-day retreat offered in Northern Arizona by Vipassana New World.
Each retreat is intimate, catering specifically to your needs, your goals, your challenges.
What To Expect:
A 10-day chance to experience monastic life, without the commitment.
Men and Women are separated, interaction between sexes is strongly discouraged during the course; this follows modern Dhamma Law monastic practices, though our intimately-sized retreats allow for much visibility of and seating near opposite sexes.
Speaking, Reading and Writing is prohibited. The only communication permitted is regular meetings with the Dhamma teachers and guidance from teachers.
We ask you to please not practice any other form of spirituality, religious tradition, mantra, or energy work while attending your course in order to fully give the practice of Vipassana a fair trial and to fully understand the practice.
Two meals and an evening snack are provided daily. Snacking in between meals is strongly discouraged and unnecessary. The practice focuses on training the mind. Maintaining a robust body is temporarily unnecessary.
Upon arrival, the daily schedule of meditation, rest time, and meals will be available. This schedule is built to maximize time spent mind training and minimize all other distractions.
Meditation is performed seated on cushions provided by the center. Chairs can be made available for those with physical needs.
Please watch the movies 'The Dhamma Brothers' and 'Doing Time, Doing Vipassana' to learn more.
Vipassana operates on the basis of Dāna, a Sanskrit idea encompassing charity, donation and giving. We give first to receive later. As such, no payment is necessary. However, in order for the center to continue operating, you should be aware of the costs of attendence for one individual person.
Cost of Food & Lodgings per 1 Student ~USD $350
Cost of Hiring 1 Teacher for 1 Course per Student ~USD$100
We welcome donations that exceed these costs; as they will allow us to expand our centers and bring the light of these wonderful teachings to others. If you are unable to give back financially, you are welcome to serve by cooking or caretaking for a a course, or by donating in another way that is appopriate to your particular situation.
Vipassana in its pure form is taught fully on donations with no financial information provided up front. NO PERSON CAN BE TURNED AWAY SHOULD THEY NOT HAVE THE FULL SUGGESTED DONATION. IF YOU DESIRE ATTENDING A 10-DAY AND YOU ARE AVAILABLE, YOU WILL BE ACCEPTED TO ATTEND PROVIDED YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED. Please contact VNW directly at 818.632.1179 with any questions or concerns.
Food & Lodgings
You will receive humble accommodations and all-organic meals with some raw superfood options. The true teachings call for a vegetarian diet with only the fruits of the Earth (no meat or animal products of any sort).
An airport Shuttle from Phoenix to this 10-day Event will is available for a $50 fare on Friday May 10 afternoon and Tuesday May 21st morning. Students may remain on property until Tuesday morning, 10am, May 21st.
Read more about Vipassana:
Please note that our practice at Vipassana New World is not recognized by the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. We have developed our teaching in a way we consider appropriate for the American public. In recent times, Vipassana has been publicized and popularized by S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers and the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, a Burmese movement. To find information on their practice, please follow the link above.
Major emotional releases may or may not take place during the course. Please be prepared for intensive self-study and self-reflection.
Safety and solitude are of primary concern. Each of us is responsible only for ourself. There will be one instructor onsite at all times, along with volunteers, cooks, and/or property caretaker.
Vipassana helps bring discipline to one's mind; eradicating fear, worry, anxiety, dependency, ignorance, craving, addiction, and attachment.
Common reasons include:
- = The search for serenity and solitude.
- = The search for mental, physical or emotional healing.
- = The search for spiritual growth.
- = The search for realizing Love and Light.
- = The search for healing relationships with others.
- = The search for mind training practices.
- = The search for enlightenment.
- *Releases over-thinking,
- *Increases Awareness,
- *Balances one's mind,
- *Heals one's emotional body, allowing for peaceful, win-win interactions,
- *Reduces craving,
- *Releases stress while reducing high blood pressure,
- *Strengthens one's ability to observe more and react less,
- *Helps us live from our hearts by Feeling more.
Life is about Feeling more and Thinking less. Vipassana is a tool that helps us become in touch with 'feeling' at all times, so we remain in this present moment, experiencing exactly 'what is'. From this state, we can then choose to Respond rather than react at what is happening in our lives or all around us.
In a student's words:
..."Your retreat was one of the few classes, out of all the classes I've been dragged to go through in the (last) 13 years (that) has truly made an impact on me..."
-Dec 2010 retreat student
EXAMPLE: 3-day silent Weekend Retreat: May 10 thru May 13.
The first weekend of every 10-day retreat is offered as an opportunity to get your feet wet with meditation. VNW offers Anapana Weekend Retreats during the first weekend of each 10-day retreat.
Students are encouraged to remain for the full 10-days, yet we understand that sometimes it is not possible in one's current life to do so. If you can only attend the weekend, we encourage you to take part in individual one-on-one Vipassana Lessons following your retreat in order to advance into Vipassana. This prepares you for future retreats and additional health & healing each time you sit in meditation.
Weekend Vipassana Retreats are offered for a suggested donation of $250 and last from 10-day retreat opening day, Friday evenings to the end of the weekend, Sunday evening 6pm, with the option to stay until Monday morning 10am. It takes approximately 3 days to fully excel at 'Anapana', breath awareness, before one progresses on to Vipassana Training. Weekend Retreats will therefore focus on Anapana; a major foundation in Vipassana.
1. Send email to email@example.com to share you desire to attend and any questions or concerns.
2. Goto: /retreat-application.html and fill out the application and send back immediately.
Blanket, pillow, meditation pillow (it may be provided if one is not owned), yoga mat, toiletries, clothing (loose clothing for meditation, warm clothing, and jeans- shorts are not encouraged for meditation), towel, waterjug, flipflops, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes, flashlight.
Vipassana 10-day retreats are experiences and healings that last a lifetime.
IF you are interested in attending and are "on-the-fence", please contact instructor at 818.632.1179 to discuss Vipassana as it relates to your actual mind-type and life. Vipassana has the ability to truly shift one's life into a more profound and deep experience. It is a doorway into one's own true nature, so you receive your own answers about your unique life.
We proudly and respectfully bring this 10-day retreat to the Verde Valley for your direct healing and peace.
In a student's words:
..."Vipassana has been the single most effective tool I have added to my life in the last decade. It is a simple, calming meditation technique that I (now) find time to do for an hour about once per week, and the benefits are varied and immediate."
-Vipassana student and Pilates instructor
Next 10-day Retreats:
July 19 thru July 30th: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 2013, Texas
Past 10-day Retreats:
Sept 2011, Pine (Flagstaff), AZ
Dec 2011, Austin (Bandera)/ Houston, TX
Apr 2012, Clarkdale (Sedona), AZ
Please contact VNW for past and upcoming 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day retreats.
Complimentary bi-monthly tele-sittings, counseling, 30-day training courses, and audios available for students following their retreats.
Since 2010, VNW offers courses, one-on-one life-guidance sessions, healing, and retreats inspired by the teachings of Vipassana meditation.
No tuition or donation goes towards the teacher for their service. Monies received go towards rental of proper facility, administration, and making future retreats better.
Following one's retreat, an opportunity for 'Dana' is available for a student to provide a heartfelt-donation of their choosing to the teacher.