Noble silence at a meditation retreat!

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Noble silence at a meditation retreat!

Noble silence! That was the essence of the meditation retreat.

The newbies were rather excited and chatty. However, the seniors seemed to know the rules of the ten-day noble silence sanctuary. The centre is like an oasis in the middle of a forest. They kept our mobiles, notebooks and pens. It was absolutely solitude!

“Where is your room? Let us go to the dining hall together after unpacking.” The twelve-day vegetarian menu was so simple, yet, delicious. I should come back as a helper in the kitchen next time! (Which I did, cooking for hundred-over people!)

At the dining table, we learned that silence means no talking verbally, as well as non-verbally! No eye contact nor gestures are allowed. Everybody was in a mind your own business mode! On the way back to our individual rooms, [low voice], “oh, in case I don’t hear the gong at four am, please knock at my door!” The course manager glanced disapprovingly at us.

Soon, the orchestra of croaky frogs and tadpoles began. It became part of the otherwise tranquil nights. I hid an insect repellant, a few packs of biscuits, and some masking tapes. The latter was to cover any holes on the window nettings, which I read about online.

The classes started at four o’clock in the morning and ended at about ten at night. The assistant teacher of S.N. Goenka gave some instructions and teachings on the Vipassana technique. During meditation, the huge hall was in pin-drop silence.

We had to listen to our breaths as the air entered and left our nostrils as in normal respiration. Fleeting memories of the past and worrying concerns of the future flitted in and out of my mind. Very often, I had to recall myself to the present moments.

This task of breathing in and out was hard work, indeed! The meditation’s goal is to purify the mind completely of emotions like anger, hatred, sadness or fear with the help of natural respiration.
There were, in fact, a lot of reflections going on in our minds the next few days. By the third to fifth day, several ladies were releasing their emotional ‘taps’ silently. A few men on the other side of the hall were seen sniffing too.

One day, after a lunch break, I saw a lady sitting under a huge tree, all alone, crying. So I told the course manager about my concern for her. She took that lady to see the assistant teacher.

In this practice of noble silence, there was no one to listen to, as everybody was not talking. We were actually listening to our own little self-talks; self-reflection during our mindful meditation.

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Quote:
1. “In solitude, I find my answers.” Kristen Butler
2. “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.” Pablo Picasso

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Tourists’ Miss Is Our Gain!

Tourists’ Miss Is Our Gain!

Tourists fly thousands of kilometers to see exotic places.
The pristine corners of Port Dickson are ignored.
We have them all to ourselves.
We are not complaining, but feel it’s ironic. – Co-author Toh HL

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Travelling does not have to be expensive
if one cares to appreciate the treasures
around and near us!

Soak one’s self
in the serenity of nature’s beauty,
sounds of rhythmic rolling of waves,
and the distant cries of birds in the forest! – Chen S.P. @ TPTan

Tourists’ Miss Is Our Gain!

Tourists’ Miss Is Our Gain!

Tourists fly thousands of kilometers to see exotic places.
The pristine corners of Port Dickson are ignored.
We have them all to ourselves.
We are not complaining, but feel it’s ironic. – Co-author Toh HL

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Travelling does not have to be expensive
if one cares to appreciate the treasures
around and near us!

Soak one’s self
in the serenity of nature’s beauty,
sounds of rhythmic rolling of waves,
and the distant cries of birds in the forest! – Chen S.P. @ TPTan

静修时高贵的寂静

静修时高贵的寂静 (Google translation to Chinese for Noble Silence at a Meditation retreat)

高贵的沉默! 冥想静修所,森林中间的绿洲。

(谷歌将英语翻译成中文)

介绍 高贵的沉默! 那是冥想静修的本质。 高贵的沉默,沉思,孤独和自我反省

新手非常兴奋和健谈。 然而,老年人似乎知道为期十天的高贵寂静圣地的规则。 中心就像森林中间的绿洲。 他们保留了我们的手机,笔记本和笔。 那绝对是孤独!

“您的房间是哪间? 打开包装后,我们一起去饭堂。” 十二天的素食菜单非常简单,但美味。 下次我应该回到厨房做帮手!

在餐桌上,我们了解到沉默意味着没有言语的交谈,也没有非言语的交谈! 禁止眼神交流和打手势。 每个人都处于“注意自己的事”模式! 回到我们的房间时,[低声],“哦,以防我凌晨四点听不到锣声,请敲我的门! ”课程经理不赞成地瞥了我们一眼。

很快,青蛙和的乐队开始了。 它成了原本宁静的夜晚的一部分。 我隐藏了驱蚊剂,一些convi-pack饼干和一些胶带。 后者是用来覆盖窗户网上的任何孔,我在网上了解到这些孔。

实际上,在接下来的几天里,我们的脑海里发生了很多反思。 在第三天到第五天,几位女士默默地释放了情感上的“敲击”。 大厅另一边的几个人也被闻到了。

和正常呼吸一样,当空气进入并离开鼻孔时,我们必须聆听呼吸。 对过去的迅速记忆和对未来的担忧正在我的脑海中浮现。 很多时候,我不得不提醒自己回到现在。 的确,这个呼吸的任务是艰苦的工作! 冥想的目的是在自然呼吸的帮助下,彻底消除情绪,例如愤怒,仇恨,悲伤或恐惧。

有一天,午休后,我看到一位女士坐在一棵大树下,独自一人哭泣。 所以我告诉课程经理我对她的关心。 她带那位女士去看助理老师。

结论 在这种高贵的沉默中,没有人可以听,因为每个人都没有说话。 我们实际上是在听我们自己的小谈话。 在我们的静心冥想中自我反省。

Quote

我独自找到答案。” 克里斯汀·巴特勒 (In solitude I find my answers.” Kristen Butler)

远离外界噪音,聆听您内心的声音。” 空中交通管制(Get away from the external noise and listen to the voice within you.” ATGW)

(谷歌将英语翻译成中文)

Serena Chen