Jonathan Foust

August 20, 2009

Dreading and Loving Your Meditation Retreat

Filed under: Dharma, Meditation — jonathanfoust @ 12:41 pm

Robert Wright has been on the airwaves of late promoting his new book, The Evolution of God.  I heard him interviewed on NPR as I was driving up to New England earlier this summer.  I was tickled that when pressed about his own spirituality and mystical experiences, he spoke of his time at a rural meditation retreat center in Western, MA.

Not too much sleuthing revealed that place as The Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and his meditation retreat as Vipassana.

This piece from the New York Times speaks so well to our love/dread affair with all things meditation.

(Thanks, Holly!)



  1. One thing that jumped out at me was when he said (words to the effect) that in this tradition, we don’t follow our bliss, but bliss emerges when we decide not to follow it. Yet, Tara has used the Joseph Campbell quote (follow your bliss) many times in her talks. Perhaps statements are true.

    Comment by George Williams — August 21, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

    • The perfect paradox. Bliss comes when we decide not to follow it, so following our bliss means not following our bliss.

      I think I need to lie down.

      Comment by jonathanfoust — August 21, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

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