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Daniel Mayer is an argentine, has 70 years old, speaks five languages, lived in Europe, America, Japan, Nepal, currently ranges between Africa and India, and it is from 20 years ago, a teacher of Vipassana meditation Centres. It is a technique created 2500 years ago by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha, whose teachings founded buddhism) in India. The technique was preserved in the Monasteries until it was popularized and began to be taught in the world by Sri Satya Narayan Goenka. Vipassana means “to See things as they are”. About two million people took the courses that give about two thousand teachers in 180 schools. Each course lasts ten days, is silent and free.Why is it said that meditation transforms us?Because it proposes to clear the mind from negativity, such as hatred, anger, impatience, greed, and this is achieved by observing the sensations in the body without reacting to them, for more pleasant or unpleasant they may be.What proposes the technique Vipassana to achieve this?To get to this state, it starts by focusing the attention on the breath, a technique called Anapana. Then one remains sitting in a posture as firm and stable as possible. The non-reaction to sensations, which, in part, have a mental component, produced as a result of its weakening and, ultimately, their disappearance. And that leads you to dissolve your conditions with which you have identified. When you get to this state we see things as they are. Not as we think they are. And how are they? That is an experience and, as such, needs to reach this state. Working with those sensations, you can also work with all aspects of your being.What would be a conditioning?It is a preference based on experience. Consumption, the television… all the time we are in a sobreestímulo to feel pleasure, to feel the beauty based on what society defines as beautiful, to have status, and then everything that conditions us. If for example we ran out of money, not only we suffer because we cannot buy this or that thing but for what all that means culturally, of failure, of not being what we should be, of the term family… then we add a suffering that in itself does not exist. Those are the conditions. And the equanimity it would be to realize that that is what it is and is not everything that we put on top.What is expected to happen with Vipassana meditation, and what would be the goal?The goal is to be happy. It is expected that one in front of his history by accepting her and giving up the product of what he did, both the good and the bad. But without guilt: “I Did something wrong and I ask for sincere forgiveness”. In fact we did a course of Vipassana in prisons of different countries of the world; first they did the jailers and after the prisoners. It worked very well in the vast majority of the countries: England, Spain, Mexico, Burma… How and why you decided to start the path of a spiritual life?My 34 years had made several jumps very strong in my life, with big changes and searches. I had read the works of Jiddhu Krishnamurti and Narcissus and Goldmundo, Herman Hesse, where he speaks of the spiritual and the material as the ying and the yang, and how from the spiritual one finds the answer, while that from the material one only craves more. I bought a ticket to Nepal, I took a course of 30 days and then, following a group of meditators, I flew to Bodhgaya (city lit up the Buddha) in India and did a course of Vipassana for ten days with the teacher S. N. Goenka. “It’s about love”, I had been told. I quickly realized: “I Came, I need not look for anything more”. Liquidé all my businesses and my property, and I undertook to follow Goenka learning the Vipassana.What is part of any religion?No, not at all. The practitioner of Vipassana you try to understand the essence of the law of nature, beyond the religions. But they do not exclude but rather integrates them. That’s why we have priests, muslims, and rabbis who are teachers. Some religious people say that with the Vipassana are best practitioners.Why do you think that every time you have to be more widely known meditation?Well, because I think that people realize that the pleasure, the consumption, the possession of goods does not give you the satisfaction that your mind craves. In fact the people, although we ignore consciously, looks for the peace, the harmony, the mental satisfaction. And that is not possible to get it from the stimuli provided by the senses.Does the eastern culture gives other answers to the crisis of western culture?Yes. Always has given. What happens is that there is now much more widely known. In the era of the ‘ 70s, many young people went to India, to Nepal, in search of answers. Appeared in the West the typical gurus of different faiths. Also took boom techniques such as Yoga, Tai-Chi, the philosophy of the Tao. Even some martial arts presented as the way to go… And we must not forget that many western thinkers were inspired by the eastern philosophy: the physics of the Tao, quantum Physics… MÚSICA MEDITACIÓN MEDITATION MUSIC

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