A three-month retreat?
I'm currently trying to negotiate a 30-day retreat without trashing my marriage!
I'm aware that during meditation, one can bring ones attention to any phenomena that arises. My own experience is that cittanupassana and dhammanupassana is nigh-on-impossible for me outside of the retreat setting. In day-to-day lay life, there's just so much going on and if one's samadhi is not good, one may conflate subtle relishing and aversion with wise attention.
As for the pretty girl sitting on the cushion....
I tend to spend the vast majority of my time in a dark tiny little broom-closet like cell and the times i emerge from the cell, I keep my eyes firmly fixed on the ground a metre or two in front of me!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •
e: [email protected]