How Vipassana reached the South Area of Spain.
(Source: Vipassana Newsletters, Minutes of Foundation Trust Meetings, and old students)
Ever since Sayagyi U Ba Khin first told S.N. Goenkaji in 1956 that, “The clock of Vipassana has struck”, the technique has continued to spread in the East and West.
Vipassana reached Spain thanks to three meditators who attended their first course in India and France. They organised the first 10-day course in 1985 in El Gamoral (Toledo), with 12 people in attendance, and in this way the seed of Vipassana was sown in Spain and began to spread throughout the entire Iberian Peninsula.
In 1986, the first Meditation Group was created in Madrid, and in Barcelona in 1988.
Courses continued to be held in the country and the Vipassana Association was created. At the meeting of the Association in November of 1993, it was decided that a search should be made to buy a house in the countryside where meditation courses could be held. The intensive search ended with the purchase in 1998 of the present-day “Dhamma Neru” in Barcelona. The Association became a Foundation and the Committees were created to help its organisation and functioning.
The river of Dhamma continued to grow throughout the entire country and reached the south area of Spain. The Vipassana meditation pioneers in this area had to travel to San García (Segovia) to attend their first 10-day courses in 1995.
In 2008, the organisational model for all of Spain’s areas was established, including a new area, the Area of Andalusia.
Until 2010, the meditators of the Andalusia Area had to travel beyond the borders of this area to attend a course. Finally, after an intensive search, a centre for rent that fulfilled the necessary conditions was found. The Coordination of the Area of Andalusia organised its first 10-day course in Monte Mariposa, near Tavira (Portugal), from December 1 to 12, 2010.
Meditation groups, 1-day courses with and without teachers and 4-hour courses were also organised in the vicinities of Seville, Málaga, Huelva, Motril and Badajoz.
In 2010, Extremadura was included in the Area of Andalusia, and in 2011 the area was renamed the South Area.
At present, there are about 400 meditators in this zone. The way to make Vipassana known is to practice it in everyday life; this is how it will strengthen, be encouraged and grow in the South Area so that more and more people can benefit from Dhamma.
The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught on a 10-day course that is oriented both to new students interested in learning this technique, as well as old students who want to reinforce their practice.
For meditators who have realised at least one 10-day course, group meditations offer a good opportunity to strengthen the practice of Vipassana. By sitting with other students who practice the same technique, we meditate more seriously and find support to help us continue practicing on our own. If no group exists in your city and you want to begin one in order to serve the meditators of that area, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive the necessary information to create such a group.