In the Buddhist tradition, Vipassana means "insight into the true nature of reality". It is one of the world's most ancient forms of meditation and courses in the technique are offered around the world.
In this detailed essay, author Robert Crayola describes his experiences at one such course, providing a thorough account of the pros and cons involved. This audiobook will help you decide if a course in Vipassana is right for you, and includes information on taking a course yourself.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The truth. Crayola misrepresents the Vipassana experience by creating the impression that pain is an integral part of the meditation process. He claims that he did the meditation in the lotus position and that it wasn't long before he began to experience excruciating pain. He had been warned about this, he claims. Physical pain is not an part of the Vipassana experience, nor is the sitting lotus position. I attended the 10 day session, and was invited to sit in a chair (which I did) if that would be more comfortable.
What could Robert Crayola have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Have written the truth.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator does a good job.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Negative. He claims he is experienced in other meditation processes, but this does not come through with the misrepresentations he makes in his book.
Any additional comments?
Even though accommodations and food were provided to him at no charge, he reflects little appreciation of this fact and is both suspicious and cynical about this generosity. In other words, nothing pleases Mr. Crayola.
This essay was not what I expected but it is a commonsense view of his experience. As a result, I will continue to do my own thing. I'm glad that I listened to this CD. I have dodged a bullet.