Ten Days of Silence Here I Come

So when most of you wake up, I will be starting my ten day Vipassana meditation course. That means there will be no updates from me for at least 10 days. None here. None on Twitter. None on Facebook.

See, in order to do this course I had to agree to some specific restrictions, and one of them is no contact with the outside world. At all. But really with a time table like this, when would I have time to go online at all:

THE COURSE TIMETABLE

The following timetable for the course has been designed to maintain the continuity of practice. For best results students are advised to follow it as closely as possible.

4:00 am – Morning wake-up bell

4:30-6:30 am – Meditate in the hall or in your room

6:30-8:00 am – Breakfast break

8:00-9:00 am – Group meditation in the hall

9:00-11:00 am – Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions

11:00-12:00 noon – Lunch break

12noon-1:00 pm – Rest and interviews with the teacher

1:00-2:30 pm – Meditate in the hall or in your room

2:30-3:30 pm – Group meditation in the hall

3:30-5:00 pm – Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions

5:00-6:00 pm – Tea break

6:00-7:00 pm – Group meditation in the hall

7:00-8:15 pm – Teacher’s Discourse in the hall

8:15-9:00 pm – Group meditation in the hall

9:00-9:30 pm – Question time in the hall

9:30 pm – Retire to your own room–Lights out

And other than short conversations with the teacher/guru on practice based questions, I also will be taking a vow of silence. Yep… somehow I will not talk for ten days. rust me, i am having as hard a time believing this as you. I guess I must put my wordy bastardness on stun.

Yes, I agreed to this. I actively sought it out in fact. Yes, I am wondering if the illness has spread to my brain too….

I am sure there is plenty to say about this when i get back. I’ll see you in nearly two weeks.

And feel free to keep abreast of world events while I am away. I mean… ten days, so much can happen. I’m having a hard time understanding how I will deal with not knowing a thing that occurs.

About Randy

I'm just a guy trying to out run his dying kidneys and live life as vibrantly as possible. Until I can't. I grew up in Tejas. Went to school in Vermont. And currently live in Brooklyn. But not for long....
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4 Responses to Ten Days of Silence Here I Come

  1. carol says:

    good luck, randy! i hope to hear all about that experience in 10 days… :)

  2. Leigh says:

    Hope you find peace and faith. Good luck.

  3. Pamela says:

    Randy – How was your 10 days of silence?? Did you fine it restorative?

    • Randy says:

      hmmm…
      have not thought about it in that term. i’m currently trying to get it down in words what/how i feel. it is really difficult.
      the whole process was a ton of work and is continuing to be a ton of work, but the positive effects i’ve felt so far push me on to continue with gusto.
      hopefully i will be able to have blog post about it in the next day or so.
      but i guess it was far more redemptive and liberating than restorative.
      and this is not a bad thing.

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