What is Vipassana Meditation?
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living. For those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation, an Introduction to Vipassana by Mr. Goenka is available.
How to learn it?
The technique of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.
There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit. More about the technique and the rules of a course.
In Italy, courses are organised in the Vipassana Meditation Centre Dhamma Atala in Lutirano, an area of beautiful, rolling hills located between Florence and Faenza. After reviewing the Code of Discipline for the courses in Vipassana Meditation and checking the schedule of courses, you may then make an application for a course.
There also are numerous Centres in other parts of the world, you can check the international website at www.dhamma.org