Vipassana Teacher and film-maker Eilona Ariel discusses Vipassana Meditation and Body Sensation at TEDxJaffa 2013 conference. Below is the full transcript of the whole talk.
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[Sound of airplane]
Do you feel it? Anything on your body? Sensations on your body? How about if we combine image and sound together?
[Sound of nails scraping the blackboard]
Most people react just like you did. So quite a number of researches were made on why we react the way we do to nails scraping a blackboard. One research found that it resembles a sound of the alarm calls of apes, and our ancient conditioning is reacting to it. A more recent research found that it has to do with our anatomy, the ear canal. Our ear canal amplifies a certain frequency and so the nails scraping a blackboard has that range that our ear amplifies, so it irritates us. But we really cannot change everything that causes us unpleasant sensations. it’s just impossible. And we run into visions and sounds and smells and tastes and touch everyday of our lives. We cannot just wipe everything.
26 centuries ago, there was a brilliant scientist, The Buddha. He made a six-year research and at the end of that research he found that every input, every data the mind receives through the sense doors, the sense bases, every vision, sound, taste, smell or touch evokes a sensation on the body, and we are blindly reacting to it.