Ep 16: Kirk Brown: 10 Days of Silence, Vipassana Meditation and the End of Suffering

March 20, 2015

Kirk Brown is Centre Teacher at Dhamma Dipa Meditation Centre and has praticed Vipassana Meditation for over 40 years. Vipassana means ‘to see things as they really are’ and is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It goes back to Buddha two and a half thousand years ago and was taught by him as a remedy for all universal ills. This is a technique and is non religious and so can be used by people from all cultures and backgrounds. It’s aim is for the complete removal of mental impurities and to result in a person’s full liberation and happiness.


In This Episode:

  • A description of Vipassana meditation
  • An intensive 10 day experience that requires hard work, commitment and discipline
  • Vipassana is often described by people as one of the hardest things they have ever done in their life…but also one of the most rewarding things they have ever done.
  • What is Noble Silence?
  • Vipassana is a meditation technique, it is not religious, and so can be experienced by people of all cultures, countries and beliefs.
  • It is a therapy has been handed down from generation to generation and has remained unchanged for 2,500 years
  • What positive benefits has he experienced in his life as a result of Vipassana?
  • The goal is to remove the negativities, the complexes and the conditionings that we have made in our lives
  • Why Craving and Aversion are stopping us from being happy in the present moment
  • What’s different about Vipassana, why would one practice this over all of the other choices?
  • The importance of going to the root of the problem rather than just focusing on the symptoms.
  • The 10 day experience, food and even accommodation is all free so even if you don’t have a penny to your name you can still take part.
  • What does a fulfilled life mean to Kirk?
  • What is 1 thing our listeners can do today that will have a massive positive effect on their lives?
  • Which books or resources have changed/had a big impact on your life?


People Mentioned:

Mr. S.N. Goenka



Vipassana International Website


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