Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center in Pecatonica open house May 23

From press release

PECATONICA, Ill.—The Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center, 10076 Fish Hatchery Road, Pecatonica, Ill., will host a free open house from noon to 4 p.m., May 23.

Information about Vipassana meditation, as taught by S.N. Goenka; tours of the wooded 20-acre facility; and video screenings will be offered and light refreshments will be served.

Vipassana meditation is the process of self-purification by self-observation. The word Vipassana means to see things as they really are. The practice begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. Then, with a sharpened awareness, one begins to observe the reality within—the ultimate truth of the changing nature of body and mind. This self-actualization, or truth realization by direct experience, is the process of purification.

This universal technique is free of dogma and sectarianism. It can be practiced by anyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict resulting from race, community or religion, and proves to be equally beneficial to all who come in contact with the teaching.

Benefits include increased energy and efficiency; improved concentration and mental clarity; decreased stress, anxiety and fear; strengthened ethical foundation; increased creativity and enjoyment of all aspects of life; improved relations with colleagues, family and friends; deepened sense of purpose; greater balance when facing challenges; and progressive elimination of anger, animosity and ill will.

Instructions are given through audio and video by S.N. Goenka. Widely recognized as the foremost living lay teacher of Vipassana meditation, he has been invited to speak at world events, including the 2000 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the World Millennium Peace Summit at the United Nations. He oversees the Vipassana Research Institute and the Vipassana International Academy in Nasik, India, and more than 90 Vipassana meditation centers worldwide. At local courses, assistant teachers personally trained by Goenka are on site, conducting each course and providing individual guidance as needed.

All courses and centers are run solely by donation. To keep the teaching of Vipassana free from any commercialism, courses are financed solely on a voluntary donation basis by people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit also. The teachers do not receive any kind of payment for their service.

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Regular 10-day courses are held at affiliated Vipassana meditation centers around the world.

For more information about the event, call (815) 489-0420.

From the May 19-25, 2010 issue

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