Dr. Paul Fleischman’s talk

Meditation is the hardest thing to do. The world slows down as more people discover its benefits. Here’s a recent talk by Vipasanna teacher and author Dr. Paul Fleischman. This recording was shared in a recent public program in Berkeley.

(The password is known by anyone who’s taken SN Goenka‘s 10-day course. Glad I still remember it)


Here’s a brief synopsis based on one of many themes. I really like Dr. Fleischman’s concept of meditating in order to stay in one’s own swim lane. Our fast-paced lives spur a desire to win and overtake others’ swim lanes when we only need to survive by maintaining our own journeys. The more we can meditate, the more we quiet the mind to avoid friction and negative influences, while developing the strength to help others.

Self-care takes precedence over rat-racing. In a world designed for armies of rats, is it possible to survive as a compassionate healer? So much of the world risks becoming catatonic due to stress and tech addiction. This seminar was given to a competitive group of business professionals@McKinsey and it speaks truth to power about who we really are and who we can become.

It may come across as one guy’s opinion, but Dr. Fleischman has done the work — by meditating tens of thousands of hours — to stay in his swim lane while helping others do the same.

I discovered Vipassana, so I could learn to meditate like Dr. Fleischman and become a better person. It’s the hardest thing to do, but I find peace when I manage to sit still for an hour or two.