|The retreat was held at Camp Kasota by Sylvan Lake, typically a kids camp|
|It's late April and Sylvan Lake was still frozen|
|The cabins at Camp Kasota|
In an advanced stage of paññā, the sitter experiences the entire body at a subatomic level, vibrating, experiencing the Law of Nature within oneself, that of continuous change, or all impermanence, anicca in Pali. This experience reminds me of the Matrix, the moment when Neo realizes he is The One, and he sees everything as code. This is enlightenment.
|Anicca - Pali word for "all impermance" (also my tattoo consideration)|
|Daily meditation was instructed by audio and video recordings of S.M. Goenka from India. Vipassana meditation got rid of his migraines, and caused him to renounce his life of business and start a non-profit to spread the Dhamma teachings|
So that's how it works! If you're still not convinced I will throw you one more bone to chew on...
While most belief systems ask you to behave with morality, the temptations are always present, causing people to break their morality. Religions ask you to accept its theories at a surface level, however, this does not address how the subconscious mind thinks and reacts to temptations. With Dhamma, sitters go beyond just accepting the theories of Dhamma; they use experiential learning, through meditating and looking inward, to confirm that those theories are true. This is the true hook of the path of Dhamma.
Experiential learning provides the ultimate wisdom. When modern scientists recently used quantum theory to determine that all matter, animate and inanimate, was made of subatomic particles, vibrating at blinding speeds, they were shocked to find out that an enlightened being in India already obtained this knowledge. Scientists had the theory but not the experiential learning, which was accomplished by the enlightened being through looking inward.
This is the ultimate example of a mindblowing connection between modern and ancient science.
|Another look at the main dining hall|
|March 2013 - meditating in the|