Vipassana Meditation

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Vipassana Meditation As Taught By S.N. Goenka
in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

This is the international home page of the organizations which offer courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught byS.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living. For those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation, an Introduction to Vipassana by Mr. Goenka & related videos andQuestions & Answers about Vipassana are available.

The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.

There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.

Courses are given in numerous Meditation Centers and at non-center course locations at rented sites. Each location has its own schedule of courses. In most cases, an application for admission to each of these courses can be made by clicking on a selected one of the listed course dates that appear in the schedule.

There are numerous Centers in India and elsewhere in Asia/Pacific; ten Centers in North America; three Centers inLatin America; eight Centers in Europe; seven Centers in Australia/New Zealand; one Center in the Middle East and one Center in Africa.

Ten day non-center courses are frequently held at many locations outside of Centers as they are arranged by local students of Vipassana in those areas. An alphabetical list of worldwide course locations is available as well as a graphical interface of course locations worldwide and in India and Nepal.

Vipassana Meditation courses are also being taught in prisons.

A special 10-day Vipassana course especially for business executives and government officials is being held periodically at several centers around the world. For additional information visit the Executive Course Website.

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ATF loses track of 1,400 guns in criticized probe


By Todd Schwarzschild and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit
July 12, 2011 9:14 p.m. EDT
The ATF operation was intended to build cases against drug cartels, like the Zetas seen here, by tracing weapons.
The ATF operation was intended to build cases against drug cartels, like the Zetas seen here, by tracing weapons.
  • “Operation Fast and Furious” involved more than 2,000 guns, sources tell CNN
  • Fewer than 600 have been recovered in the United States and Mexico, they say
  • The operation has been sharply criticized by members of Congress

(CNN) — Federal agents can’t account for more than 1,400 guns after a widely criticized operation aimed at tracing the flow of weapons to Mexican drug gangs, sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.

Of 2,020 guns involved in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives probe dubbed “Operation Fast and Furious,” 363 have been recovered in the United States and 227 have been recovered in Mexico. That leaves 1,430 guns unaccounted for, the sources said.

The ATF operation was intended to build cases against Mexican drug cartels by allowing firearms to go from the United States into Mexico. The hope was by tracing the guns in Mexico, agents would be able to determine the structure of various cartels and then bring them down.

The problem was that once the guns were allowed to “walk,” there was no way to recover them until they turned up at crime scenes. The operation has been widely criticized in Congress, with the chairman of a House committee that investigated the issue calling it “felony stupid.”

Rene Jaquez, the ATF’s former attache in Mexico City, told CNN the operation never should have happened.

“Guns traditionally are just not allowed to leave the undercover operation for fear that it will enter into the criminal element and then be subsequently used in a crime at a later date,” Jaquez said. “And the last thing any one of us as law enforcement officers wants to have attributed to us is the death of an innocent individual by a gun that was lost during one of our operations.”

But the ATF knowingly allowed individuals to purchase weapons that they knew would end up in the hands of criminals on both sides of the border. And when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in Arizona in December, two AK-47 variants that were allowed to “walk” under the program were found at the scene.

In Mexico, the operation drew sharp criticism from top officials, who have long said that U.S. weapons are fueling the country’s bloody drug war. And ATF agents in Arizona told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in June that they cringed every time they heard of a shooting after the program had been under way for some time.

Over the past several months, questions have arisen regarding who in government knew about and sanctioned this operation. Even though the operation was run out of the ATF’s field office in Phoenix, Jaquez said it is highly unlikely that officials at the Department of Justice in Washington were not informed.

“You have to understand, this program was in operation 18 months or more before we had any idea it existed,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. “And as I look back on it now, it was a, it’s a big joke” — one Grassley says isn’t so funny since the guns have turned up in the hands of criminals.

In late June, President Barack Obama said “appropriate action” would be taken once an investigation of the program is completed. But so far, details about who knew what and when have been scarce.

Last week, the embattled acting director of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, was interviewed by congressional investigators in a closed session. While the content of the interview remains confidential, Melson’s personal attorney was at his side.

Grassley has stated he plans on seeing this investigation to its conclusion.

“There’s a basic principle of government here that the people in the Justice Department are forgetting — the public’s business should be public,” he said.


Did the Bush family send the Bin-Laden family condolences for the death of their son?

Wasn’t it Salem bin-Laden, Osama’s cousin, that loaned Dubya cash for his first oil company venture?

Didn’t the Bush family recommend the bin-Laden family for acceptance in the Carlyle Group, an investment company that invests heavily in energy and military-related companies?

Wasn’t G.W. Bush Sr. having brunch with a bin-Laden family member on the morning of 9/11?

After all, didn’t Bush allow all the members of the bin-Laden family to get on a plane and fly out of US airspace, while everybody else was grounded?

“I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”

– G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

“I am truly not that concerned about him.”

– G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden’s whereabouts,

3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02)

Bin Laden lost his protector when Dubya left office.

Sounds like the Bushes and the bin-Laden’s have had a friendly relationship for a few decades. I would expect the Bushes to send their condolences….it is only proper.

G.W. Bush and Shafiq bin Laden.


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