Somik Raha

“I need to go relieve myself,” came the thought of alarm. It was Day 5 of the 10-day Vipassana meditation course I was attending. Vipassana is an ancient form of meditation and its teachers trace it to a method emphasized by Siddhartha Gautama, the man the world knows as the Buddha. Thrice a day, we would be ushered into an hour-long sit of strong determination, called the Athithana. We were invited to practice strong determination by committing to a meditation posture for...

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