Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016 - a poem

Monday, 19 September 2016

(Vipassana is a type of meditation, taught all over the world in the tradition of SN Goenka, in 10-day silent meditation courses). 

Vipassana, Mt Soleil, July 2016

We're welcomed by the wind turbine
that sits on the crest of
Mount Soleil
rotating and waving like
the Dhamma wheel,
and the reason we're here
is to look inside
because didn't one saint or another
say 'know thyself' ?
and the surrounding quiet
is broken by a rickety shelf
of terse conversations
and unnecessary introductions
before being stripped down
by the gong,
and so it begins;
Day one