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SEG: A Path to Happiness or Pain and Suffering 101

Spiritual Exploration Group

Suppose you had the opportunity to free yourself from all worldly responsibilities for ten days, with a quiet secluded place to live, protected from disturbances, no phone, no car keys, no wallet, no paper and no pen.  In this place, the basic physical requirements of room and board would be provided for you. In return you would be expected to maintain silence, avoid contact with others and apart from essential activities, to spend all your waking hours with eyes closed, keeping your mind on a chosen object of attention, in meditation for approximately 10 hours daily with breaks for breakfast and lunch and short 10 minute breaks every hour to hour and a half before you begin again.  At 5 p.m. you are served ginger tea and some fruit before beginning evening meditation and then lights out at 9:30. Morning wake-up is at 4 a.m by someone striking a little gong prior to the first meditation period from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. Would you accept the offer?

Nils Falk did and will be discussing his experience of a traditional Vipassana meditation retreat with the Wrightstown meeting spiritual exploration group on May 19th at 8:30 a.m. After noticing the coincidence that several writers and thinkers he had been reading and listening to, had the common denominator of practicing Vipassana, he was inspired to find a meditation center and try it. His primary interest was exploring the nature of happiness and it's opposite, suffering and misery.

The theme for this SEG was inspired by and parts of the description above borrowed from a book called The Art of Living, by William Hart, which is basically a manual of the teachings of S. N. Goenka.

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