Why We Left Buddhist Meditation Camp
There’s an organization that has stayed as true as possible to the original teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). It’s called Vipassana. It’s a completely donation based, volunteer run organization. No one profits. Its main focus is spreading the teaching style of the original Buddha to everyone. You can sign up for a 3 day or 10 day course at dhamma.org.
During these courses, (as a new student) you spend your days like this:
The following is a compilation of reasons why Ariela and I left on the second day. We respect Vipassana. And everyone’s entitlement to do anything they want.
THIS IS PURELY OPINION AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
If you feel you want to attend a course, obviously do it. I don’t regret doing it the first time. It was nice actually.
I’m so sorry if those are too small to read. It’s a cartoon about how we snuck away to talk (because it’s against the rules). You can find it larger somewhere else on this blog :p
1. It’s how “the original” Buddha taught meditation, yea. That doesn’t automatically mean it’s “right”
In fact! (opinion) How could anything be “right”?! It’s so weird how Siddhartha left his life (as a rich and sheltered prince) to rub his face in dirt, to come up and tell everyone what they should do. I feel like he, like everyone, was(is) on their own path and no one can tell anyone what they need to do to become “enlightened.” (Or even that that’s what they should strive to do.) But really, it doesn’t matter how much of an old practice this is.. We need to stop romanticizing things just because they’re old. Everything evolves.
Sigh. I feel weird writing an article about an opinion. Because no one is right. But I say that like it’s right. agh!
I think it’s total hypocrisy to tell someone that a type of meditation will anyone that a meditation technique will do this or that… Unless scientifically proven. Especially if the technique is supposed to be for eliminating craving. How are you going to liberate yourself of craving if you’re doing it to satisfy your craving of not having any cravings? lol. (Where did you get the idea you need to seek enlightenment? What does your vision of the “enlightened being” look like? Where did that image come from?)
Morality. Morality… Hm… Morality is touchy. Buddhism is an anti sexual activity, intoxicants, no craving, anti-ego, religion. And I used to be on that side. After my first 10 day course, I didn’t have any interest in speaking to anyone if it wasn’t for knowledge or the betterment of humankind. I felt shame for having any sexual thoughts, I felt bad about craving anything (like watching cartoons or taking a jog). I stopped listening to music. I didn’t make art to avoid attachment to anything I created. It was not.. a fun time. Then I remembered I was born into a human existence. A creative, social, sexual, expressive, human experience. And how well I could quiet my mind stopped being of my concern. I started embracing the world and range of emotions I could feel and experience, instead of pushing away or becoming so silent they disappear. I figured I was born as a human to experience life as a human. Instead of trying to quiet my mind enough that these human parts disappear. Which some believe IS what is to be done with life. In which case, they are 100% correct and can do whatever it is they please.
4. While we were meditating, we were told we are bound to be successful.
And that makes me uncomfortable. Like they’re trying to tell me I’m trying to get somewhere.. when personally I’m just trying to experience whatever and learn from everything. I don’t aim to be ~*enlightened*~ and my way of living free from suffering is my way. So it’s unnecessary to seek help from Buddha or.. a guru or whatever. (UNLESS YOU FEEL THAT’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, THEN DO IT)
In a wavy conclusion, It’s all good.