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catlady2112 wrote:Sorry I didn't clarify -- this is a Shamatha Retreat (Single Pointed Concentration, Jinay) and I am *not* doing creation and completion at this point. I also realize that everything is "real meditation" but I am pretty confident that the instructions for the 15 period is not intended to be prayers or rituals, but rather Shamatha concentration practice.
Therefore, with this understanding, where does the Refuge, Bodhicitta, Guru Yoga, and Dedication fit into this logistically? Does it make sense to just do this once in the day, perhaps the morning?
Hope my clarification helps. I appreciate so much the extensive suggestions.
conebeckham wrote:Well, Ivo, I have heard that it is appropriate to do a short dedication at the end of each session, regardless of what one is practicing. Perhaps it doesn't matter so much--maybe these are specific to each teacher, but I think it's appropriate to make a small dedication, to seal each session, prayer to taking a break, cooking meals, using the restroom, etc. Definitely, one should focus especially on dedication prayers at the very end of the retreat, perhaps doing longer prayers, aspiration prayers, etc.
Totally with you on starting the retreat in the evening, though--that is essential advice. And when finishing, it's good to do one's last session in the morning, and finish completely prior to noon on the last day.
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