| Meditators practise Anapana Sati at Buddha Smriti Park in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Piyush Kumar Tripathi |
Residents interested in practising Vipassana, the ancient meditation technique, don’t need to travel elsewhere.
For enthusiasts, the meditation block of Buddha Smriti Park is now open and that too for free.
Om Prakash Manrov, a trustee of Dhamma Bodhi-Bodhgaya International Vipassana Meditation Centre, started conducting free introductory sessions in Vipasaana at Buddha Smriti Park from July 10. It is believed that Gautam Buddha introduced Vipassana to the world around 2,500 years ago.
Based on the observation of breathing process aimed at controlling human mind, Vipassana (Pali word meaning insight in English) is considered to be a highly scientific technique of meditation that purifies mind.
Om Prakash said: “Although the origination of Vipassana is in Buddhist tradition, it is secular, non-ritualistic and simple in approach. As of now, we are teaching Anapana Sati (watching the breathing movements), the first step of the 10-day residential meditation course conducted at Vipassana centres across the globe. Just 10 minutes of Anapana for a couple of days would give extraordinary results to people of all ages to overcome anxiety, aggression and psychological stress.”
Several educational institutions, including IIT-Delhi and Mumbai, IIM-Calcutta and Lucknow, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development in Pune and MGM’s JN Engineering College in Aurangabad, have incorporated Vipassana in their curriculum.
The organisers of Buddha Smriti Park are also mulling to conduct special Vipassana courses for students. “Practising Vipassana has been proved to be highly beneficial for students. It improves concentration and memory, protects brain against mental illness and develops insight in young minds. We are planning to organise a daylong or even longer courses for students. We are also planning to start such courses for students in collaboration with the schools,” said Om Prakash.
Those who are taking part in the sessions at Buddha Smriti Park are excited about Vipassana. “I am practising Anapana for 10 minutes each in the morning, afternoon and night. My concentration level has improved. I want to take up the 10-day course at Bodhgaya International Vipassana Meditation Centre,” said 18-year-old Aman Kumar Gupta.
Senior citizens coming to Buddha Smriti Park are also keen about the 10-day course. “My brother told me about Vipassana, who had done a similar course in Mumbai. Therefore, I came to try it here and I am satisfied. I will do the 10-day course,” said Girish Chandra, the owner of a digital photography studio.