It's been 18 days since I got back from my first Vipassana. What an experience. It was the most difficult, terrifying, mind blowing, wonderful, and ultimately, the most important experience of my life. I am so glad I went.
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn