Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)

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Re: Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)

Postby Element » Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:49 pm


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February 27 - March 4, 2009
Teachers: Larry Rosenberg & Michael Liebenson Grady
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Re: Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)

Postby Individual » Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:00 am

The best things in life aren't things.

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Re: Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)

Postby fijiNut » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:42 am

I have to agree with Ben here - ehi passiko; see for yourself if this is right for you, and then decide.
I had the same preconceptions before I went on my first retreat as to whether it was too austere, too much of a cultish elements and too many rules; or whether I would just go plain crazy - but I was wrong on all aspects.

The teacher's advice was appropriate, the accommodation was clean(in NZ), and the food delicious.
I learnt about the importance of aditthana (strong determination) and upekkha (equanimity) in 10 days than what I would have learnt in 2 years of reading Dhamma books.

The technique and quirks of a Goenka retreat is not for everybody, but you should give yourself an opportunity to see if it is suitable for you.

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Re: Theravadin Retreats (especially Goenka)

Postby pink_trike » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:50 am

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen


Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

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