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Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat? - Dhamma Wheel

Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

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Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

Postby M.G.A. » Sun May 13, 2012 8:15 pm

Dear everyone,

Is there any reason why one shouldn't bring an iPhone (in airplane mode of course!) to a retreat and use as alarm bell?

My very best regards?
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Re: Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

Postby cooran » Sun May 13, 2012 8:26 pm

I wouldn't advise it. Usually those running the retreat will ensure there are bells to indicate beginning and endings of meditation periods, meals, and wake-up times. Goenka retreats ask you to hand them in until the end of a Retreat.
And the temptation to just check your emails can be too great to resist.

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Re: Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

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Re: Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

Postby Cittasanto » Sun May 13, 2012 9:55 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

Postby Ben » Sun May 13, 2012 10:06 pm

The fewer distractions you have - the better off you'll be.
Either leave the phone at home or hand it in to the management before the course starts.
kind regards,

Ben
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Re: Bringing an iPhone (in airplane-mode) to retreat?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun May 13, 2012 10:30 pm

I would discourage having something potentially distracting.

However whether you need a personal alarm will vary and in some places you will need your own alarm clock (sometimes this is made clear in the instructions). For most of the retreats I have done (at my local Wat) it's up to me to wake myself up, and I set my own walking/sitting time schedule, so I do have an alarm...

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