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Jakarta Post

Resting a restless mind

  • Tara Khadro


Lovina, Bali   /   Wed, September 7 2011   /  07:00 am

Stupendous: The Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery near Lovina in Bali has a variety of spaces where students can reflect, including a replica of Borobudur on a grassy open field with stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains. JP/Budhi Arta“I want to stop wrestling with my restless mind,” I said to a friend one day.

He suggested a Vipassana retreat at the Brahma Vihara Arama Monastery near Lovina in Bali, and I signed up to attend an eight-day silent retreat there.

Vipassana is a non-sectarian meditation practice. Commonly referred to as “insight meditation”, Vipassana cultivates an awareness of the direct relationship between body and mind, moment to moment. The technique is simple: place attention on the breath, rest in the belly and welcome and watch all thoughts, feelings and sensations that arise.

The guiding meditation teacher was a visiting mon...