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Place for Month Long Retreat

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Clarence
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Place for Month Long Retreat

Postby Clarence » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:56 pm

Hi all,

I hope you can help me. I am looking for a place to do a month-long retreat. I have done several 10-day retreats and would like to do a little more. It doesn't have to be perfect or taught by the greatest master alive. Just a place where I will be able to get good and regular instructions and can focus most of my time on practice without having to worry about outside distractions. It doesn't matter where that is either. As long as the teacher can speak English or German I should be fine.
What do I want to learn? Well, I would like to focus on Jhana practice. However, if you feel that is unwise, and you think you know a place where the focus is different, please don't hesitate to mention it as I am fully open to any suggestions. I have been wanting to do this for a while so getting the go ahead :tongue: of the misses is exciting and I am looking forward to your answers.

Many thanks,

Clarence

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Goofaholix
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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:59 pm

It doesn't matter where it is? and you'd like to do jhana but that doesn't matter either?

If you aim at nothing you are bound to hit it, it would pay to be more specific.

The only place I know of where you can do a 20 day jhana retreat anytime and expect regular instruction is Pa Auk. However if you want to do vipassana there are lots of places in asia, in the west there are lots too but retreats run on a schedule so you usuually can't start and stop when you want.

It doesn't sound like you'll want to stay in a monastery as a guest rather than on retreat as community activities may cut into your meditation time too much.

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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

Postby JustThis » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:46 am

This is the only place where I have done a self retreat (vs group) so I have nothing to compare it to. Extremely quiet when I go in the winter, maybe 10-12 people. Very comfortably, you set your own schedule, probably expensive, the teachers are listed, you interview 2X a week but can always ask for an appointment or leave a note if you have a question. Their retreat facility has a 3 month group retreat which can be broken into smaller time spots if spaces are available.


http://www.dharma.org/ims/fr_general_i.html

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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

Postby befriend » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:27 am

if you want to do samatha vipassana together which will lead to jhana go to MIssouri. ive never been but apparently its rare NOT to enter jhana during a short retreat. its a monastery with a maha thera monastic and a nun. he specializes in metta which leads to jhana. i practice this myself. and find it very powerful. i practice metta yet still have vipassana insights. because its vipassana and samatha simultaneously. the website is dhammasukha.org.
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Clarence
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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

Postby mirco » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:00 pm

You can do a retreat at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center
http://www.dhammasukha.org/About/retreatinfo.htm

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Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

Postby Clarence » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:19 pm

Thanks Mirco. Looks like a happy bunch. Befriend mentioned the same place.


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