A ten-day course in Vipassana meditation is the practice of the Eightfold Noble Path, as taught by the Buddha. The Path can be divided into three parts. These are: higher training in morality, concentration and wisdom.
Morality: Morality is the common denominator of all religions. At the Centre, students observe the five precepts of refraining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and the use of drugs or intoxicants. By diligently observing this morality, one develops purity of physical and verbal actions.
Concentration: Beginning with the base of morality, training in concentration is taught (Anapana meditation – mindfulness of breathing). Through learning to calm and control the mind during the first five days, the student quickly appreciates the advantages of a steady and balanced mind.
Wisdom: The third training in wisdom or insight. This is introduced through Vipassana meditation, which is practised throughout the remainder of the period.
Vipassana is a process which enables the student to develop awareness of the natural characteristics of impermanence, suffering and non-self through personal experience. Practised with diligence the gradual process of mental purification will lead to the end of suffering and to full Enlightenment or Nibbana.
The teaching is through experience. If what you experience is for your wellbeing, you can accept it; if it is not for your wellbeing, you will not accept it.
Noble Silence (no unnecessary talk) provides a conducive atmosphere, and discourses given in the morning and evening by the teachers help to clarify the practice.
Ten-day courses are scheduled during the year, beginning on a Friday evening and ending early on a Monday morning. They are led by a regional teacher.