I've heard of vipassana but never understood what it was until I saw two short documentaries on its application in prison systems. Thank goodness for libraries. In my local library they carried two DVDs about vipassana meditation in prisons.
These movies, called "Doing Time, Doing Vipassana" and "Changing From Inside", takes us into a prison in India and one in the U.S.A. and demonstrates the transformation experienced by inmates who went through the intensive 10-day meditation retreat. Both films brought tears to my eyes in seeing the intense inner turmoil in these individuals, and how it gives way in an emotional cleansing that seemed to bring clarity to their minds. Watching these I thought, "miracle". Then I realized what a miracle might be -- a shedding of obstructions in spirit and in heart that reveals the core of life, the essence of existence: love.
I have not taken a vipassana course yet but would love to hear of people's experiences in this. It sounds very deep, intense and uncomfortable, as most worthwhile cleanses tend to be!