Meditation retreats have been growing in popularity in the western world, but their purpose and descriptions can be difficult to understand. Those of us who did not grow up learning the practice may have a hard time getting their mind around to the benefits. While nothing can susbstitute for direct experience, this book will offer a concrete, comprehensive report to what a potential meditator can expect during a ten day vipassana meditation retreat. It is not simply a memoir to be enjoyed by the casual reader; it was written with the purpose of helping a serious student of the practice. Additionally, light is shed on the difficulties of spending an extended period of time in silence, abstaining from sensual pleasures as per the vows required to attend.