First African Heritage Worldwide 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course (India)

Exciting news!

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

Pattana Dhamma Center Photo Gallery


Bonus Links

Skyeview Gallery – India

Post Mumbai Ruminations

Travelogue – Bombay

5 Responses to “First African Heritage Worldwide 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course (India)”

  1. greetings! please would you send me the contact details of Mama Sila 🙂 thank you jasmeen 🙂

    • skyeviewtraveler Says:

      greetings and respect jasmeen.
      i don’t have the contact details but i’ve fwd your request to someone who might be able to assist.

  2. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading?

    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s
    the blog. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

    • skyeviewtraveler Says:

      Sorry you are having difficulty with loading the pics. I will conduct maintenance on the site when I return from my travels. Presently all I have is my iPad. Kind regards. Skye

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