Virtual Group Sittings

While Goenka’s Organization has done an amazing job introducing Vipassana around the world through 10-day courses, I always hoped they would find new ways to support old students with their daily practice. Today, I’m excited to see their new Virtual Group Sitting program. Students from around the world can download an app to their smartphone, and after a simple setup, call into virtual group sittings from their home. While the experience is not the same as sharing a meditation hall with other students, I do feel connected to the larger Vipassana community when using the app, and hearing everyone say “goodbye” and “thank you” after the sitting confirms it. There are currently 10 group sittings every day in English, and I suspect it will grow into more time slots and different languages with time. If you would like more information, check out this article:

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

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