Buddhist Practice: Seven-Day Vipassana Course at Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodh Gaya

- through Henry Oudin

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Aiming to promote mindfulness and self-discovery, the Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Calcutta, the Maha Bodhi Society of India and the Angarika Dhammapala International Institute d Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sarnath, will host a transformative seven-day Vipassana course at the sacred Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India from June 30 to July 6.

Vipassana, which means preview in Pali, is an ancient meditation technique that aims to cultivate self-awareness and clarity of mind. It is a practice that has its roots in the teachings of the historical Buddha. This immersive course will offer participants a unique opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery, guided by the venerable Dr. Virakari of the Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Mahabodhi Mahavihara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds great significance as the place where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment over 2 years ago. Its serene and spiritually charged ambiance makes it an ideal setting for those seeking solace and introspection. Participants will be able to meditate near the sacred Bodhi tree, considered a direct descendant of the original tree under which the Buddha awakened.

The seven-day course will include intensive meditation sessions, focused on developing mindfulness, concentration and deep insight. Participants will be encouraged to observe their thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, fostering a deeper understanding of their own mental and physical processes. The course will take place in a supportive and conducive environment, allowing participants to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life and fully immerse themselves in their practice.

The collaboration between the Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Center, the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calcutta, the Maha Bodhi Society of India and the Angarika Dhammapala International Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies demonstrates a shared commitment to preserve and promote the teachings of the Buddha. By bringing together experts from different fields, this course promises a comprehensive and enriching experience for all participants.

Fri. Dr Virakari from the Thabarwa Dhamma Gaya Meditation Center in Myanmar. Image reproduced with the kind permission of the author

Speaking of the course ahead, Ven. Dr. Virakari expressed his enthusiasm saying, “The seven-day Vipassana course at Mahabodhi Mahavihara is a rare opportunity to dive deep into the practice of mindfulness and experience personal transformation. We hope that participants will find comfort and gain invaluable information that will have a positive impact on their lives. »

Dr. Ujjwal Kumar, head of the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calcutta, said: "We anticipate the participation of 150 Burmese and other Buddhist Vipassana practitioners, who are dedicated to the path of insightful meditation."

For more information and registration details, contact Dr. Ujjwal Kumar
Email: (protected email) com
WhatsApp: 00919372178369.

Interested persons are encouraged to register early due to limited space availability. The course is open to both beginners and experienced meditators, making it accessible to anyone looking to embark on a spiritual journey of self-discovery.

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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