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Where can I do a 5-day Vipassana retreat in the US in December?

Asked by testtoast99 (80 points ) November 11th, 2008

I have always wanted to try Vipassana but can’t get away for 10 days. I could, nevertheless, do 5 days. Any leads on where to do this? Thanks!

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timothykinney's avatar

The best thing to do is contact a Vipassana center in the U.S.. I don’t practice Vipassana, so I can’t recommend a good center, and I also don’t know what state you’re in. But here is a list of some centers in the U.S. by state. It’s for people to take courses, but you can contact the center directly to ask about retreats.

I’ve sat many zazen retreats, and I would recommend that you try one of their courses before sitting a 5 day retreat. The dynamic at retreats can range from tranquil to painful to crazy. It’s important to have some knowledge of the group you are practicing with before you engage in your first experience. Said another way, after you do a 5-day retreat, you want to be able to ask yourself if you would do it again. But if it was a bad experience you won’t know if it was because you don’t like Vipassana or because you didn’t like that group.

Good luck!

Trustinglife's avatar

Have you considered just doing whatever meditation retreats are available to you? If you’re stuck on Vipassana, you may just be avoiding meditating. Just do it. It doesn’t take much when you have willingness (and courage).

Of course, having a group and having support is awesome. Timothy gave you a great link for Vipassana. I’d encourage you to look at other centers as well. If you tell us where you are, we may be able to help you find opportunities near you.

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