Code of Discipline for Prison Courses

VIPASSANA MEDITATION

Code of Discipline

The Precepts (Rules)

Everyone who attends a Vipassana meditation course must agree during the course to refrain from:

  1. Killing
  2. Stealing
  3. Sexual activity
  4. Speaking lies
  5. Intoxicants, including smoking.

Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique

Students must agree to follow the rules of the course and the instructions of the teacher.

Other Techniques, Rites, and Forms of Worship

During the course students may not use other forms of prayer, worship, or religious ceremony.

Interviews with the Teacher

Questions regarding the meditation should be brought only to the teacher.  Students should not talk among themselves.  The time between 12 noon and 1 p.m. is set aside for private student-teacher interviews.

Noble Silence

Noble Silence means no communication with other students by speaking, body language, sign language, or written notes.  Students should discuss any questions or problems with the manager or teacher.

Physical Contact

There is no physical contact during the course.

Exercise

Students may exercise during rest periods by walking in the areas provided.

Intoxicants and Drugs

No drugs, alcohol, or other intoxicants are allowed.  Students taking any medication should discuss this with the teacher before the course.

Tobacco

No cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or snuff are allowed during the course.

Food

Simple vegetarian food will be served during the course.  There will be an evening snack of tea and fruit.

Outside Contacts

Students must stay within the course boundaries during the entire course.  They may leave only with permission of the teacher and security.  There will be no letters, phone calls, or visitors during the course.  If an emergency occurs, a friend or relative may contact the management.

Reading and Writing

No reading or writing materials may be brought to the course.

Summary

Do not disturb anyone during the course.  Do not pay any attention to anyone else; they might disturb you.  Your progress in Vipassana meditation depends on your own good qualities and personal development — and on how hard you work.  The more effort you put into your own experience, the more you will benefit from the course.

We wish you peace and happiness from your experience of Vipassana.

The Timetable

4:00 a.m.  Morning wake-up bell.

4:30 – 6:30 a.m.  Meditate in the meditation hall.

6:30 – 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast break.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Group meditation in the hall.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Meditate in the hall according to the teacher’s instructions.

11:00 – 12 noon  Lunch break.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Rest, and interviews with the teacher.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Meditate in the hall.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Group meditation in the hall.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Meditate in the hall according to the teacher’s instructions.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Tea break.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Group meditation in the hall.

7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  Teacher’s discourse in the hall.

8:15 – 9:00 p.m.  Group meditation in the hall.

9:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Question time in the hall.

9:30 p.m.  Retire to your room.  Lights out.