MITRA Upakram: In addition, the
Maharashtra Government has started a
plan through which teachers of all the Government school are given Vipassana
and the student are given Anapana. Teachers are given
paid leave to participate in
the course so that not only
will they themselves benefit
from this knowledge but they
will also be more successful in encouraging the student to
do anapana. In this manner, hundreds of thousands of
people have been benefited.
This plan should be further extended.
From Vipassana Newsletter June 2013.
About MITRA Upakram
MITRA Upakram is an initiative of Government of Maharashtra to facilitate wholesome mental growth of school children. MITRA Upakram, which is the project name to inculcate Right Awareness aspires to cover 2.5 crore school children and 1 Lac school teachers. MITRA, which stands for MIND IN TRAINING for RIGHT AWARENESS also means DOST in Hindi Language or FRIEND in English.
Right Awareness, which is the essence of MITRA is awareness of natural respiration, which means that participants learn to observe the incoming breath and outgoing breath by focusing their attention at the entrance of their nostrils. They simply observe their natural breath without trying to change or correct the flow of the breath. In this way, they experience the beginning steps of self-awareness. This technique being truly scientific, without any imaginations or evaluations, leads’ to Right Awareness and hence Right Concentration. This technique is known as Anapana, where ‘Ana’ means incoming and ’Apana’ means out going breath.
MITRA Upakram provides an education which liberates the Mind from various barriers like anxiety, anger, hatred, lack of concentration, doubts, laziness, greed, restlessness etc. A simple format of delivery has been chosen with the support of Vipassana Research Institute (VRI), where after an initial training of 70 mins, the school children can practice this technique daily for 10 mins before starting of school and repeat the practice for 10 mins before leaving for home.
Within regular practice for a few days, the school children as well as their teachers achieve enhanced concentration, memory, self confidence, productivity, effectiveness and are also able to experience compassion and joy for one and all.
News and Event
10 Day Course Application form for teachers.
The Mitra Upakram has received a lot of press coverage since its initiation in October 2011.
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