Pagoda, Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri, India.
In 'Dhammagiri' there were 4/5 huge pagoda's for meditation.
The moment we entered in Igatputi, calmness & serenity overwhelmed our mind. it was such a powerful feeling of emptiness & absence of thought, yet we have not started meditation. this is because so many years of practicing meditation by sadhak's (practitioner), the entire land possess such mystical powers to calm & distress your mind.
when we enter the actual meditation complex called 'Dhammagiri', it was like a paradise. calm, quite,beautiful yet simple. every sadhak meditate 8/9 hrs @ 'Dhammagiri'
when the actual course commence, any communication like talking (even signals with hands & eyes) with other sadhaks is strictly prohibited. while in 'Dhammagiri', every sadhak has to follow a code of conduct.
All who attend a Vipassana course must conscientiously undertake the following five precepts for the duration of the course:
2. to abstain from stealing;
3. to abstain from all sexual activity;
4. to abstain from telling lies;
5. to abstain from all intoxicants.
This type of small decorative structures are all over the complex, where you can sit & relaxed.
This is a 'bell', used to signal all the sadhak's/practitioner for lunch, dinner.
This is the Dhamma hall, where our group use to meditate.
In Dhammagiri, everyone has to follow a routine, while practising Vipassana, exercise is not allowed. only exercise allowed is walking. This is a 'Pradakshina marga' (walking lane), where sadhak's take a walk after their meals & in free time.
Room no. I-12, where we reside
The room is comfortable for 2 persons. In 'Dhammagiri' there are 3 types of residence available for sadhaks.
the rooms are located on a distance.
Beautiful landscape in 'Dhammagiri'
The landscape in 'Dhammagiri' is very beautiful, & enchanted. every time you saw, it;s different & more captivated. especially in the morning, the mountain in this picture covers with fog. it looks like the sky has come down to meet mountain.
Pavan Jain, my roommate @ 'Dhammagiri'
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