An interesting piece by Robert Wright about his first experience with a Vipassana retreat, and his anticipation of the second one he will shortly undertake.

.  . . I attended my first and only silent meditation retreat. It was just about the most amazing experience of my life. .  .I came away from that week feeling I had found a new kind of happiness, deeper than the kind I’d always pursued. I also came away a better person — just ask my wife. (And neither of those things lasted — just ask my wife.)

Wright is the author of The Evolution of God, which got a great write up in Salon and a number of other sterling reviews, and is definitely on my reading list.
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