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The next Vipassana Fellowship on-line meditation course begins five days from now on April 30 and, as of today, was still accepting enrollment for this session.
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I'm actually enrolled for this session, having signed up about two months ago.
For those of you who are new to meditation and Buddhism, "vipassana" is a form of silent meditation that derives from the Theravada tradition of Buddhism, which is the oldest of the three main branches.
|A discussion of Theravada vs. other traditions is beyond the scope of this blog post, but if you would like a quick introduction, you might want to check out this easy-to-understand timeline available on Wikipedia. For the moment, suffice it to say that Theravadin-style insight meditation has much in common with other silent meditation techniques, and is suitable for a wide range of Buddhist and non-sectarian practices. |
- It is easily accessible, in being delivered over the internet. I've had good experiences taking professionally-accredited continuing education courses online, as well as (gulp, I'll admit it) an online defensive driving course (yeah, it was a momentary loss of mindfulness that led to a speeding ticket, but that was a long time ago).
- The cost of $125 was in line with similar non-profit offerings.
- This organization's website was mature and uncluttered, presenting just the necessary information with no frills, distractions, monetization, or ornamentation. I was particularly impressed with their FAQ page.
- They reference two of my favorite authors, Theravadin nun Ayya Khema and well-known author Bhante G. In light of this, I suspect that I will have existing famiarity with some of the material to be covered.