the fundies are everywhere

Yes, even in the yoga and meditation worlds. After my last post about not being allowed to attend a vipassana retreat in the strict Goenka style, one of my long-time readers and supporters, Kevin, sent me this email. I loved what he had to say and he gave me permission to to reprint it. “I…

I’ve been kicked out of better places than this

OK, I really wasn’t kicked out. I just wasn’t let in. In 2006 I did my first 10 day silent vipassana retreat here that is in the strict Goenka tradition. A requirement of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training that I did at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California was that one had to sit…

do you want enlightenment with that?

Mass Producing Meditators In this episode of Buddhist Geeks, Vince talks with Theo Horesh and Duff McDuffee, two SN Goenka practitioners. They discuss the effects of what can be called the mass production of meditators. They also explore the differences in using a single technique or multiple techniques for realization. You can listen to Part…

10 days with the walking wounded

Entrepregurus and the Meditation Factory “In this episode [of Buddhist Geeks] Vince interviews Theo Horesh and Duff McDuffee, two S.N. Goenka practitioners. They discuss the techniques of the Goenka tradition and how one might see it as a meditation factory. In the next episode, they discuss the power of the Goenka approach and possible criticisms…