Every winter the residents of Sravasti Abbey do three months of retreat (except this year, 2010-11, one month retreat) on a deity practice along with meditations on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment. While a few guests are able to join us at the Abbey for this, others are not able to attend in person.
To extend the retreat experience, we offer the opportunity to do the Retreat from Afar and make a connection with the retreat by participating along with us.
By doing a daily practice during the same dates as the retreat, you develop your Dharma practice while feeling the support of the Abbey residents who are doing the same. You also give your support to those of us doing the retreat at the Abbey, encouraging our practice.
The Abbey has offered the Retreat from Afar for several years, and people have loved doing it. They maintained a regular daily practice, deepened their understanding of the Dharma, and gained many insights into their lives. For the 2009-10 Tara retreat, over 200 people joined the Retreat from Afar! We enjoyed seeing their photos each time we entered the meditation hall to do sessions.http://www.sravasti.org/programs/retreatafar.html