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I WANT TO GO TO INDIA — HOW CAN I STUDY IN THE ASHRAM YOU DISCUSS?

Posted by Josh on November 14, 2008

Answered by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray,

Love.

The Ashram where I studied is too small these days to accept new applicants — and generally speaking they only have resources for teaching their long-term students. But there are many other wonderful resources out there for beginning meditators. If you’re interested in travel to India, the most useful book is calledFrom Here to Nirvana – the Yoga Journal Guide to Spiritual Travel in India,which is a comprehensive review of dozens of spiritual outlets across India, written with practicality, humor and honesty. Also keep in mind what my mom told me once when I said, “Someday I’d like to get a boat and sail around the world!” She replied, “Why don’t you start by going sailing for an afternoon, and see if you like it?” Moving to India is a big step. Try a weekend meditation retreat first, just to see if you respond to it. Or begin a meditation practice at home. I would recommend the books of Pema Chodren and Jack Kornfield (who are both Buddhists) as excellent places to begin. Christian meditation is a centuries-old tradition, and there are now some excellent teachers and tapes out there on the topic.

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