The bulletin board today posted, “Continuity of Practice is the Secret of Success.” “Continuity of Practice” here had two meanings. It referred not only to the future after this 10-day Vipassana course, but also reminded that Vippasana was a 24/7 practice.
Besides practicing Vippasana meditation one hour in the morning and one hour at night everyday (umm… that’s a bit too much for me…), students are suggested to be aware of their own sensation and feeling all time. This means one should be aware and sensitive whenever and wherever she is. She could be walking home, eating a cup-o-noodle, watching a Christina Aguilera concert , waiting at a bus stop, singing karaoke in Red Box with friends, etc, etc. This reminded me so much of Day of Mindfulness, the one-day retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh when the Zen master visited in May 07. Eating meditation, walking meditation… all of these have one thing in common – Awareness.
To me, Vipassana meditation simply is a great technique for the meditator to experience anicca (無常) and learn about equanimity (平常心). There is probably more one could achieve and learn by practicing Vipassana, yet, that’s mainly what I have got from these 10 days. And that’s very much enough. It will take me quite some time to digest what I have learned and apply them to my daily life. Oh, this could be counted as continuity of practice too 🙂