3 months for Vipassana in India

#1 Jun 29th, 2009, 10:37
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  • RoseroseIloveyou is offline
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Greetings to Everyone!
I need your help on planning the route, the budget, and everything to India.
I've never been to India, dont speak any Hindi language. I am still working on learning India the country, the history,the culture, the people and more.....Thanks to everyone's contributions in this website!
I am planing a 3-month spiritual trip to mainly do Vipassana meditation in India. The good time for me would be around Aug to Oct. 2010. I've done several 10 days in the U.S. so I am good with the meditation method. However, I want to know where (which city) to start with. And I do want to move around a little to experience different environments, locals and culture. That means I will go from center to center, to stay at least 3 vipassana centers. I want to do 10 days and 1 or 20 days meditations. The most important thing to me is safety and cleaniness of the center, the food and the room. May be 1 month in Northern India? 2 months in southern India? Or? Any suggestions?
Other than that I also want to see the Ganga river, and to visit Sweet Mother's Ashram in Pondicherry, and Taj Mahal say I will spend probably 1 or 2 weeks to see these places? Is that possible?
Any suggestions, comments are deeply appreciated.
#2 Jun 29th, 2009, 17:07
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Igatpuri and Lonawala are two places where Vipassana centers are there. These places are quite near to Mumbai. and they are plesent in August to October. You'll find details of accomodation and budget hotels in Lonely Planet. You don't need to worry about Hindi, English will do. After you come here you can pick up Hindi while talking to people.
#3 Jun 30th, 2009, 01:49
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I have not been at Igatpuri, but friends told me that it is particularly noisy there as a lot of people move in and out there a lot; some just sight-seeing, others doing courses just for fun, because it is the kind of thing for Mumbai-ites to try out. It is sort of a mass-meditation place with many different courses happening at the same time. Servers are professionals.

Good places to do a course are Dharamsala and Dehra Dun. Bodhgaya is a very quite place too. Lumbini (even though a few miles accross the border in Nepal) is very nice too. There and in Bodhgaya courses are often only half-full, or even less, so can be very personal. (Bodhgaya courses are heavily booked Dec-March). Sravasthi (the Buddha's Savatthi) is nice too, but a little close to a main road.

In Pondicherry you could do a non-center course, if it happens around your time of visit. You get the schedule from the Chennai center. Auroville also has a few courses per year. An Aurovilian is an AT (assistant teacher).

Since Oct. is rainy season in Tamil Nadu, I would recommend to start the trip down south in Aug. and work your way up north.

You can easily go from sitting a course to serving the next at another place, and would be welcomed to stay at each center some extra days, so that you would hardly need to stay in any hotel at all, except when you desire to do just that.
#4 Jul 12th, 2009, 11:20
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Nice to know you have done 10 days and 20 days Vipassana course. Vipassana is taught by different disciple but one that has been taught by Shri S. N. Goenka has spread its wing all over India. I do not know whether you have attended Vipassana courses conducted as per methods of Shri S. N. Goenka.

I have attended 10 days course conducted at Igatpuri by Shri S. N. Goenka. Its worldwide centric place of Dhamma known as Dhammagiri.

The place is very beautiful and all facilities are on the top of small hill surrounded by other mountains and lush green. Its very quite and serene place to do your Vipassana. In any case there is 10 days complete silence you observe. So there is no noise at all that place. In fact we humans make more noise which you realizes when 10 days silence (maun) gets over and you feel you were better off for 10 days.

The staying facilities and food are excellent. They only serve veg food and there are no onions and garlics served. The food is excellent and stupendous.

You should do 10 days course there. they have also long duration courses which goes upto 90 days.

They have now started Vipassana centre at Dhramshala recently and also in Ladakh (in Himalayas) You will get more information at www.dhamma.org.

The staying and food is absolutely free and there is no charge at all. Its up to you to make donations to the trust/institute to maintain and keep running the institute. Its all individual choice.

For reaching Igatpuri you will have to come to Mumbai and then take bus or train to reach there, which takes around 3 hours.

India is vast country like US. So travelling from North to south will take 2 days by train and 2 hour by flight. You need to plan your visit where you want to be there in North and where in South.

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Originally Posted by RoseroseIloveyou View Post Greetings to Everyone!
I need your help on planning the route, the budget, and everything to India.
I've never been to India, dont speak any Hindi language. I am still working on learning India the country, the history,the culture, the people and more.....Thanks to everyone's contributions in this website!
I am planing a 3-month spiritual trip to mainly do Vipassana meditation in India. The good time for me would be around Aug to Oct. 2010. I've done several 10 days in the U.S. so I am good with the meditation method. However, I want to know where (which city) to start with. And I do want to move around a little to experience different environments, locals and culture. That means I will go from center to center, to stay at least 3 vipassana centers. I want to do 10 days and 1 or 20 days meditations. The most important thing to me is safety and cleaniness of the center, the food and the room. May be 1 month in Northern India? 2 months in southern India? Or? Any suggestions?
Other than that I also want to see the Ganga river, and to visit Sweet Mother's Ashram in Pondicherry, and Taj Mahal say I will spend probably 1 or 2 weeks to see these places? Is that possible?
Any suggestions, comments are deeply appreciated.
#5 Jul 27th, 2009, 01:50
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Thank you everyone, for all your information.
I attended Vipassana courses that were taught by Shri S. N. Goenka's assistant teachers. I've never met S. N. Goenka in person, and I wish I could meet him one day in time.
Yes I do need a very quiet and nature place for Vipassana. Dhammagiri and Ladakh in Himalayas sound very interesting places for me. That would be a must!
What would you usually do when you travel by train which takes hours?
Have anyone done Vipassana in different locations, countries? How are your experiences spiritual wise? Or do countries/places matter? (somewhat I know, places doesnt matter when the heart is still. I am very courious what others' experiences are.)
More questions, what should I take or not to take with me when my main goal is to do vipassana courses? Should I take a blanket from the U.S or buy one in India wherever I go?
Many thanks in advance!
#6 Jul 27th, 2009, 22:07
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No need to bring a blanket, as you intend to stay August-Oct. You could buy a chaddar here when you need one. When you are in a hill-station, if you arrive a few days ahead of the start of the retreat (which you are allowed as an old student), you would have ample time to buy your required bedding right there for very little money, and later donate that.

All the Goenka centers are safe and clean. They want to attract (also) the brahmins, so of course they are as clean as can be. Only brahmin cooks as well. You may not understand this as you have not been to India before, but it is an issue there.

I think the main difference you will meet is the sitting ability of Indians. It is much easier for most Indians to sit for an hour without changing positions. A Swiss friend who did his first course there told me he felt motivated to force himself thru the addithana sessions, esp after interviews with the teacher regarding his sitting problems. The AT was unrelenting. As a frequent meditator you probably do not have any problems with sitting for an hour without changing... (For people new to this, it is only required in certain group sittings after a few days into the ten-day-course. One gets used to it, even if it is new. No need to panick.)

BTW I would suggest before sitting the first course you offer to serve a course and only then sit the next. That way you could ease into the new situation well.
#7 Nov 12th, 2010, 12:45
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its better to do vipassana course in nagarjuna sagar the place is good and calm and the surroundings are excellent

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