Vipassana Goenka 1 hour Group sitting Meditation Dhamma (Vipassana Website: https://www.dhamma.org)
- Published on Feb 21, 2018
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Vipassana Goenka 1 hour Group sitting Meditation Dhamma one hour
Examining of Pujya Guruji Goenkaji by His teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin for developing In Dhamma
My teacher had his own ways of examining whether a student was developing in Dhamma.
An American show called "Holiday On Ice" was playing in Rangoon and while I was meditating on a course he suggested to my sons that they should buy tickets for our family to go and see the show on the day my course ended.
On that day he said to me, "Goenka, your boys have bought a ticket for you to see the show, so you should go with them."
I thought to myself, "I have just taken a ten-day course and now Sayagyi is suggesting I go to see a show where semi-naked girls will be dancing and generating passion? There must be some reason for this."
And so I agreed.
Our seats were in the front row and as soon as we sat down the vibration was so bad that I felt nausea and wanted to vomit.
We couldn’t stay for more than two minutes.
The next day we visited the centre and Sayagyi asked me, "Goenka, did you enjoy ‘Holiday On Ice’?"
"What was your experience?"
So I told him.
"Sādhu, sādhu, sādhu," he replied.
"I sent you there to see whether you have started to experience sensations not merely within, but outside also."
At the end of another course he told me to go to Shwedagon Pagoda before returning home. He had never asked me to visit Shwedagon before so I wondered what the purpose was. I was to enter by a particular stairway, go to a place where there is a particular statue, and bow before that statue before returning home.
Knowing my teacher would not have asked me to go there without a reason, I agreed. Shwedagon Pagoda is a wonderful place where relics of the Buddha are enshrined. I had been there a number of times to meditate on a quiet, raised platform, and I knew the place to have wonderful vibrations.
But what happened on that visit? As I bowed down, I found I couldn’t raise my head. It was as if melted lead had been poured down my spinal cord. I had such a heavy and painful feeling, and that sensation lasted twenty-four hours.
The next evening I went to my teacher and he questioned me, "Did you go to Shwedagon Pagoda yesterday?"
"And what happened?"
I didn’t reply because Sayagyi was a Buddhist by birth, and I thought if I described my experience he would feel hurt.
But he pressed me, and I had to tell the truth. I told him, "Sir, I can’t even bow down now, my back is so heavy."
"Sādhu, sādhu, sādhu.
I sent you there to see what you would feel. People go to that particular place only to crave: They wish for this or that and then pick up a stone that is kept there. If the stone feels light the supplicant will be successful, and if the stone feels heavy the wish will be unfulfilled. What vibrations are there in that area? Only craving."
A good Vipassana meditator should be able to differentiate between the vibrations of this or that place, this or that person.
But don’t discuss your impressions; otherwise your ego will increase.
When you find a bad vibration somewhere don’t tell anybody, just smile, give mettā and leave.
Whether you go to a temple, a mosque or a church, it makes no difference. Feel the vibrations. If the vibrations are good, that is fine; but if the vibrations are not good, without condemnation smilingly give mettā and leave.
A Vipassana meditator should always bear in mind that it is equanimity towards the internal vibrations which will take us to the final goal.
(Benefits of Many, VRI)