For any of you who want to gain some insight into what meditation can be like, for those of you who are meditating and experiencing difficulties, read this. It offers a helpful and simple technique for cultivating awareness, and one that could contribute greatly to your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
When I was in one of the temples doing Vipassana training in Thailand, there was a silent monk in the kute (hut) next to mine and I used to watch him. I always found that watching skilled meditators was very informative – one could learn things just watching the way they acted. So I used to watch this monk and emulate his routine and the way he deported himself.
He was a compact and very handsome Thai man of about thirty who had been silent for five years. He rarely slept, spending most nights pacing the veranda of his kute in walking meditation, or sitting, framed by the dim light of a low watt lamp, in the middle of his kute.
And because out kute’s were close together over the months I…
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