The clips below with captions helps one to get an outline of the daily schedule of a meditator in a ten day course.
The main centre at Dhammagiri, Igatpuri, Maharashtra offers 10-day residential courses to students interested in learning Vipassana Meditation.There are more than 100 centres spread round the world where Vipassana is taught in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, as taught by S.N.Goenka.
Vipassana meditation is the essence of what the Buddha practiced and taught. It is a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy useful life. Vipassana means 'to see things as they really are'; it is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation. Vipassana does not encourage people to withdraw from society, rather it strengthens them to face all the ups and downs of life in a calm and balanced way.
To learn Vipassana, there are three steps to the training. First, students practice Sila - abstaining from actions which cause harm. They undertake five moral precepts, practising abstention from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and the use of intoxicants. The observation of these precepts allows the mind to calm down sufficiently to proceed further.
Second, for the first three and a half days, students practise Anapana meditation, focussing attention on the breath. This practice - Samadhi - helps to develop concentration and control over the unruly mind.
These first two steps - of living a wholesome life and developing control of the mind - are necessary and very beneficial. But they are incomplete unless the third step is taken : purifying the mind of underlying negativities. The third step undertaken for the last six and a half days, is the practice of Vipassana : one penetrates one's entire physical and mental structure with the clarity of insight.