In this episode I have the delight of connecting with Kim Richardson from Stroud, U.K. Kim is (besides being my uncle) a book editor and writer. For many years he worked as a psychotherapist, and he attended the first 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) held in Stroud. He subsequently became interested in meditation, also applying mindful approaches to his practice in psychotherapy. Today “mindful yoga” is his personal practice, but he has also flirted with Vipassana, which is also described as “insight meditation”. In late December 2015 he attended the classic 10-day retreat, or “boot camp”, as he jokingly calls it, and our dialogue is an exploration of his experiences from these 10 days in silence. Vipassana is an approach to meditation that supposedly traces its roots all the way back to the historical Buddha. The aim of the practice is to acquire insight into the true nature of existence, and through such an unveiling, alleviate the suffering caused by the ingrained habits of our mind and body.
Our dialogue is first and foremost an exploration of Kim’s personal and subjective experiences from these 10 days, but hopefully our exploration can be of benefit to people wanting to learn more about meditation in general, and Vipassana in particular. For a more detailed account of the inns and outs of Vipassana meditation please follow the links below. Also, if you find some inspiration in this podcast feel free to comment or ask questions below, and I’m sure we’ll both be glad to engage your curiosity.
The International Vipassana Organization
Dhamma Dipa, retreat center in Herefordshire, England
S. N. Goenka
Beyond the Breath: Extraordinary Mindfulness Through Whole-Body Vipassana Meditation