|Route||Kathmandu >> Mahadevbesi >> Kathmandu|
|Date||21st November, 2015|
|Participants||Abhinayak Swar, Aman Adhikari, Bikram Gautam, Hikmat Dhamee, Kishor Raj Adhikari, Lekhnath Bhusal, Prakash Chandra Joshi, Prasanna Pandey, Rajan Bastola, Sagar Bhandari, Sagun Sapkota, Susma Pant|
|Report By||Rajan Bastola, Sagun Sapkota|
|Photos By||Hikmat Dhamee, Prasanna Pandey, Sagar Bhandari|
|Creative Support||Kanchan Raj Pandey|
‘Meditation: the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed’ so with this intention we headed to our destination, Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal located on the way to Raanibari from Mahadevbesi. Our journey started from Deerwalk premises at around 6 am. We had some light breakfast in Naubise, before heading towards our destination. This place was created to support serious Vipassana meditators who wish to meditate for extended periods. I learnt that Vipassana meditation ultimately routes to Gautam Buddha, who rediscovered this ancient technique 25 centuries back and used for his own liberation and then shared the knowledge to others throughout his lifetime. The followers of this path are called Bhikkhus.
After reaching Mahadevbesi bazaar, Dhading, we deviated from the highway and followed a road uphill for awhile. We reached Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal around 9:45am and I found the ambiance to be near perfect. A chalkboard informed us about timings of various programs from 10:00am to 3:15pm. After paying our homage to the meditation master we entered the meditation room.
The first hour long session comprised of introduction to meditation, the process and ritual invocations to Buddha. During this phase we learned about the 5 practices. They were:
- to abstain from killing any being
- to abstain from stealing
- to abstain from all sexual activities
- to abstain from telling lies
- to abstain from all intoxicants
After finishing the meditation session, we had a delicious lunch. After that we had one hour break. During the break session, the meditation master (bhante jee) explained us about life and finding peace within ourselves. We also took some pictures. When the break time was over, there was another hour of meditation. I had difficulty in concentrating since it was my first time. Gradually I improved upon my concentration and was amazed to find that one hour had passed so quickly.
When the meditation session was complete, we had a video session which included lectures from a famous guru. The video covered aspects from the life of Siddhartha Gautama and how he achieved siddhi. It inspired me from the core of my heart. After the video we had a closing ceremony. We chanted some mantras like “buddham saranam gachami”.
Our journey ended with light snacks. We headed back to the highway where Rabin dai had been waiting for us. It was difficult for me to leave that place as a few hours of meditation had a strong influence upon me and changed my way of thinking about life from a different perspective.
Though this experience was completely different for me, I really enjoyed every second of that day. Trying new things really helps to freshen up the mind from the daily busy schedule. If possible, I would like to go for such events in near future.
I was working on my desk and a mail popped up “CAC is organizing a one day Vipassana meditation session at Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal, Mahadevbesi, Dhading, on Saturday, 19th November, 2015.” I was so excited and curious reading the mail that I signed up for the event without even going through the rules mentioned a the bottom of the email. Next day we had a stand-up meeting to discuss about logistics of the event and came to know about bhante jee (monk) who lived there.
Next morning I woke up before the alarm and started getting ready for the big day. The pickup schedule for me was 6:15 am from Thapathali, I was there at 6:10 am waiting for the van but it arrived after half an hour. We had a light breakfast at Naubise took some group photos. After half an hour we reached Mahadevbesi and walked another half an hour to reach Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal. We reached our destination at around 9:40am and we were provided with the time schedule for the day’s events. We entered the hall and were given an introductory class that informed us about the process and procedures of meditation after that our first session of meditation started.
After completing the first hour mediation we had our lunch. It was light, delightful and healthy. Bhante jee gave an informal talk about how Siddhartha Kumar became Buddha and shed some light on his experiences and knowledge. After that our next session started and it was my best session ever. I didn’t realize how quickly the time passed as an hour session felt like a second. I could feel the difference inside me and I believe it was one of those feelings we call inner peace. As per my understanding I felt like “If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, what you really are.”
Meditation is the route to knowing that thing. It is a methodology of the science of awareness. Once you understand the steps, you walk the walk in your own individual way by letting all the pressure, stress and tension go out of your mind and let the peace prevail. If we follow these steps we can access our inner powerhouse of consciousness.
Our session ended with some snacks and we were heading towards Kathmandu.
On my way I was feeling a new me and I talked about all the experiences I had with my fellow mates inside the van. Meditation made me more alive and sensitive and I have made a determination to practice it daily.
It was a very memorable and exciting learning experience for me. Bhante jee’s motivating and inspiring words really touched me and urged me to learn more about the path of empathy and peace he was talking about. The best part is that we were not only told about it, we were taught about techniques to experience it ourselves. I am very glad that I signed up for this and I hope I can live my life with regard to what I learnt that day.
Though it was just a one day course, I believe that this experience will help me build confidence and make improvements in many areas of my life. I learnt that we should be more positive and less judgmental and now I feel that I can calmly deal with whatever might happen in my life. Taking inpiration from Bhante jee and Lekhnath dai, I have started meditating almost every day.
It was not my first experience of mediation (in any form) but it felt like it was. On our one day mediation camp I got to know about the basics of mediation and Vipassana. Different sessions provided insights on different perspectives other than our daily lives. Major session of the day was ‘DHYN’ we are asked to keep our mind free of anything. I just tried to concentrate on the air entering into my nose and coming out of my nose but things did not work out. Different things came out of my mind like how I would write a particular method in DSD. It was not easy. It appears that I need to practice a lot to get this right. But still it was a day filled with peace and was a happy day. I would love to try this in future.
If we close our eyes and sit “it means meditation.” We can do many things. There are many dimensions. Meditation is a certain quality. It is not a certain act. If you cultivate your body, your mind, your energies and your emotions to a certain level of maturity, meditation will naturally happen. It is just like if you keep the soil fertile, and give it the necessary manure and water and if the right kind of seed is there, it will grow and bloom into flowers and fruits. So, start meditation and create the atmosphere within yourself.
Meditation is an ancient practice that helps control our own mind and consequently our own life and discover ourselves. Personally, it is a way to energize oneself and to calm the mind down. It helps us to eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety and all the factors that makes us unhappy. To meditate it’s not necessary to be a Buddhist, Hindu or practice any religion. In fact, meditation has nothing to do with religion. If we make a habit of meditating, we feel mentally fresh and we are able to deal with difficult situations more easily. If ones starts to meditate then only s/he knows and can feel the positive changes in their life.
The one day Vipassana trip was personally very enriching, as I found my much needed time of solitude and escape from hectic work schedule. I had a great sense of tranquility and lightness by the end of the session and was filled with positive vibes. I would suggest my fellow colleagues to experience it too.
I would consider myself lucky to come in contact with the meditation master before he goes to meditate in solitude for seven months. His words appealed to an eternal and timeless perspective on introspection that I have come to realize over the years. The selfless, caring for others is one virtue among many that I aspire to inculcate. I hope to go back soon.