|Vipassana Meditation attracts Hong Kongers|
|Written by Kyaw Kyaw Thein|
|Wednesday, 22 April 2009|
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Hong Kong - JMSC - Evander Fong was 30 when she embarked on a spiritual
journey. She was looking for something beyond her daily
routine life. She found Vipassana Meditation.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, she said her jpb put her in contact with a many wealthy people. Many were unhappy. She did not see herself ras eally happy even though she had a good-paying job and a good relationship with family and friends.
"I was okay with my family. I never had a disaster, but actually I was not happy," Evander said.
After joining several meditation courses in Hong Kong, India and Myanmar, she took her early retirement this year so as to devote more time to her meditation practice. "Some people think I am crazy because I quit a good job," she said, "but I know what I am doing and getting from this practice."
She defines happiness based on her experience from the Vipassana meditation, "By purifying your mind, you are not engaged in unwholesome things. If you're not engaged in those unwholesome things, you would be happier."
"Now whatever I think, whatever I speak and whatever I do, if I think it is harmful to others, I will not do it. I am now calmer and don't have any particular agitation."
Vipassana Meditation Center in Hong Kong
Evander is among 4,978 people to have attended meditation courses at the Hong Kong center between 2003 and 2008. Founded by S.N. Goenka, it is one of a number of Vipassana meditation centers around the world. Vipassana, meaning "special insight" or "seeing things as they really are," is one of the meditation methods of India. Goenka says Vipassana is not a religion but a process of purifying the mind. The goal is to liberate the self from suffering in order to live a happy life.
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