There is no point going into the deeper aspects of my experiences during and following this course. Obviously each person has their own experiences meaningful only to them. Suffice to say, on this retreat, I climbed the mountain of self-knowledge a little higher than I had reached before.
Noble silence ended following the morning sit on day 20. Goenka always gives Metta meditation (loving kindness) instructions at the end of courses, but I particularly liked the way he did it on this one. He talked about gratitude for the lineage of teachers responsible for maintaining these teachings for 1000’s of years and who have tirelessly and selflessly worked so hard that we have the opportunity to receive this wonderful gift given freely.