Dhamma Siri Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center Kaufman, Texas, USA

The Vipassana Meditation Center of Kaufman, Texas.

Vipassana is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gotama the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. The word Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self- purification by self-observation. One begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With a sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of purification. The entire path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be freely practiced by everyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.

I'll probably never forget the initial shock that came with the discovery that not more than three miles, as the crow flies, from where I now sit; there is, almost completely hidden from the native residents of Kaufman, Texas; a fairly large meditation center tucked away at the end of a dead end dirt road that most of the folks in and around Kaufman, Texas; have never bothered to go down. If a Kaufman resident has went down that dead end road, then they probably realized their error, and turned around before they ever got to the Vipassana Meditation center. If they HAD got all the way to the drive that leads to the center, then they still wouldn't have been able to see just what all is back there; but I, one who could walk there, or ride a bicycle there within an hour's time; HAVE seen it. I wouldn't have been any more shocked if an elephant had dropped out of the sky and landed ten feet in front of me, than I was when I made that discovery.


Vipassana Meditation Center, Kaufman, Texas


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One Hot Texas Summer's Day

We'd been out and about, the boss, and I; into the DFW Metroplex, and all around Kaufman County too. It was over, well over a hundred degrees outside; and I was a bit befuddled by the notion that there could be some sort of "medication center" out in an area that is, basically, my back yard. We turned right off of the dead end dirt and rock road next to a sign that said Vipassana Meditation Center, and noticed a newly constructed house, then a long drive to what appeared to be. . .some sort of business or school in the middle of nowhere. A hundred or more yards past the turn off from the dead end road there was a little parking lot on gravel, and there were all sorts of expensive looking German autos with out of state plates on them. It was then that we realized that we'd found something completely unexpected in what we'd thought of, the boss and I, as "our" territory.

We'd known from their initial phone call to the boss that Kaufman Air Systems had already been out there, and told them something about having to order a part. But I'd quickly, upon seeing the strange single file line of people walking moon eye'd and somewhat aimlessly, decided that Kaufman redneck air conditioning mechanics, the ones that aren't named WTS, had been so freaked out about the place and the people that they'd probably just thought up an excuse to get out of there, and back into a world that they'd be more comfortable in.

"Todd, what the hell is going on here? Look!! There's people just walking around EVERYWHERE! Look at them! I'm not getting out of the van! Go see if you can find something out!"

The boss was properly stunned by a very non East Texas typical community in the middle of nowhere, and very, very close to our own homes, he and I live on the same street; and we'd the neither of us ever imagined such a place so close to home. I got out and approached the first person, the only person out of many, that even looked at me.

"Hey, we got a call about an air conditioner that wasn't working?"

See, I'd been to California a few times before, and there was something about the guy that I addressed, besides the near glazed over look, that screamed "California."

"Just follow the stone path, dude, and you'll see a sign that says 'office,' go in there, man; and somebody will know what the deal is, man."

So I like, totally followed the stone path, man, just like I was told, man ; and I found the office. I went inside and found some rather "hippie elite" looking folks who told me that, yeah, they had an air conditioner for me to repair in the hundred plus degree heat.

"Do you know what kind of place this is, Sir? It's a meditation center, okay? I just wanted to let you know that you shouldn't talk to any of our guests, some of them haven't spoken a word in weeks."

That was all groovy with me because it was about a hundred and ten degrees outside; and I was itching to get on with my day. Turns out that I was able to get everything done standing in the Texas sun behind the men's dorm, which when I did enter, so as to operate the thermostat, I was asked to remove my shoes. Perhaps I'm overly compliant, and the boss man, when he finally did become curious enough to get out of the van and have a look see; said,

"I ain't taking my boots off for nobody."

But anyway, I fixed it, no big deal; easy job, and please give me a glass of water.

I couldn't have been more impressed with the Spartan dorm rooms, no television, or radio; controlled mass media lies are not allowed at the Vipassana Meditation Center, and so I know that that place is doing wonderful things for people, it allows them to clear the garbage out of their heads, and assess reality for a change. I don't watch television or radio at all either; but my head probably has all sorts of crap in it that shouldn't be there, and I want that crap out of there, and for the same reasons as the men and women who come for the ten day minimum course at the Kaufman, Texas; Vipassana meditation center. I might see about checking into the place myself sometime. It's literally within walking distance of where I sit, for a person that's not too lazy or out of shape; and it would be like visiting a foreign country and getting some exposure to a completely different culture.

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I think I'll go medicate about this hub :-P

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Me too, I'm sort of doing some fluid medication right this minute!

Bonnie Gillis 5 years ago

I participated in a 10-day Vipassana course last summer. It was intense and well worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about meditating and the benefits that it provides. It was like detox for my mind and spirit. I like to call it meditation boot-camp. You should definitely look into it further and consider going.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Bonnie Gillis, Thanks!! That is the impression that I had, but your analogy is more precise. "Detox for the mind."

I've had some very . . . .low level instructions for meditation in some drug rehabs, etc; I know it's something I'd really get into.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Looks like a good place to wash the inside of your skull. God bless Wes!

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Micky Dee - you got that right, and I know mine probably needs some of that!

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magodis 5 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

where is your experience on meditation Todd?

Did you try these meditations?

If you try, it would be great as you are a moderate person it is helpful and easy for you. Good Luck! you can check some of my meditation experiences written at hubpages.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey, I'll do that magodis!!! I....don't know much of anything about meditation. I've tried some very basic things a few times, and liked it, but learning to NOT be distracted is a difficult thing for me.

jon helm 4 years ago

Simply my most valuable adult time so far!

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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Jon Helm, glad to hear it. I might give that a go myself some time!

whowas 4 years ago

That was a great account of your chance encounter with a Vipassana Meditation Center! Your boss's reaction had me chuckling, he must've been waaaayyy out of his comfort zone with that experience!

I meditate. A very simple 'sit down and shut up' kind of meditation that just lets you hear and cleanse all the mental noise that buzzes around in your head most of the time - well, in mine anyway.

Never done Vipassana, though. Sounds intense.

Thanks for a fun account, a great read as always. Good stuff.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much, Sir!!!!

Yes, its true....my area of the world is....mostly full of the same kind of minds.

Most of us Texas rednecks are pretty friendly....but most of us have not been far away, or introduced to much outside of our local culture.

The staff at the place seemed like nice people, and it is a nice place - it is just ridiculously wild to have forever lived three to five miles from there....and NEVER KNOWN it was there at all. One would think they'd stumbled upon a hidden Branch Davidian or Occult or Militia type organization....but nothing could be much further from the truth, of course.

Oh I'd like to learn to do some meditation....mental junk, and wasted thoughts or worries....take up too much of my time.

Once in a Dallas, Texas rehabilitation place for addicts....some folks tried to come and teach us simple meditation once a week, but ....the place was overly tolerant of rude little street minds who weren't the slightest bit interested in learning anything, and so it was very hard for other folks to get any grip on the classes either.

I'm told the local Vipassana place will give you a FREE ten day, I think, course/stay....but only if you are referred to them by someone who's been before.

Its at a pretty location, and just across a few miles of woods from where I sit, one would surely hear the coyotes howling at nights, and possibly, some mountain lions, etc.

Julie 3 years ago

Just about to head to this place, myself, tomorrow. This will be my 2nd 10-day course. I highly recommend it. It's like a reset. I've never felt so strong and centered in my life.

I hope you take advantage!

PS: you do not need to be referred or recommended. Just sign up on the course site:


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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thanks Julie!

The place is less than three miles from where I'm sitting....so were I to do it, I think I'd really be best off somewhere further away from home.

I thank you for your comment, and hope you grow from your journey!

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

That's my kinda place. You found a treasure Todd. I hope you do decide to check in there, may cost you a fortune though.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

It's too close to where I'm sitting, Cardisa! I'd get annoyed and walk home!

If I were to do a meditation camp...It would HAVE TO BE outside of walking distance from me casa! :)

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

It would require some amount of discipline. You can meditate while fishing you know......I did see a photo of you with a huge fish once. Did You catch it yourself?

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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Oh Yeah! It's about to be fishing season for local stream fishing again soon too!

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