Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of self-observation. It was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills i.e., an Art of Living.
This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.
Vipassana is a practical technique which enables one to lead a more positive balanced and happy life. It is a practical method of self-knowledge and awareness that is universal and not connected with any religious organisation.
The technique of Vipassana is taught at ten-day residential seminars during which participants learn the basics of the method and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. No previous experience is required. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for Vipassana seminars and checking the seminar schedule, you may apply for a seminar.
Meditation courses are held both in centers and in temporary facilities. Meditation centers are special facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. In regions where there are no centers established by Vipassana students living in the area, the 10-day meditation courses are held in temporary facilities.
There also are numerous Centres in other parts of the world, you can check the international website at www.dhamma.org.
Currently, 10-day courses are also held in Cali, San Antonio de Pereira (Rionegro) and Pereira.
Seminars are run solely on a donation basis. There are no charges for the seminar, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a 10 day seminar, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who organize the seminar volunteer their time.