First African Heritage Worldwide 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course (India)
Documentary filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons recently returned from a 6-week visit to India. During her trip she participated in a seminal gathering of Black practitioners of Vipassana Meditation. For a limited time selected photographs from her collection are available for viewing in her public access album on Facebook.
Aishah has over 700 photographs and about 14 hours of footage from which she will create a documentary about the 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course for People of African Heritage Worldwide.
Of special note was the presence of two distinguished women of African descent. Victoria Robertson an African-American is a Senior Assistant Teacher in this tradition and one of two teachers who co-conducted the course in Mumbai. Mama Sila a Kenyan who resides in England is also an Assistant Teacher in the tradition though she did not teach this particular course. Mama Sila also holds the distinction as being the visionary behind the First African Heritage Worldwide 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course . Mama Sila appears in the photograph below with Aishah and Kiren the Dhamma Pattana manager.
A country breakdown of the participants include Ethiopia with the largest number of attendees, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Egypt, Ghana, England, US, Canada, Laos, Mongolia, Singapore, Russia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Kenya, Seychelles, South Africa – all the participants were not of African descent but Black folks were a significant population at Dhamma Pattana.
Photo credits from left to right:
Nilesh Shah (photos #1-3) Documenting a seminal event!
Aishah Shahidah Simmons (photo #4) Aishah, Kiren and Mama Sila