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solo retreat

Postby mint » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:22 am

I am looking to do a solo retreat somewhere here in the eastern US. I live in NC, actually.
I don't have a lot of money, so that is a consideration. But I can't do one in my home, unfortunately: no privacy.
I have thought about going to Khandroling, but don't know how I feel about paying for a flight up to MA or driving such a long way to and fro!
Any thoughts where I could or what I could do?
When it comes to solo retreats, how is food preparation handled?
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Re: solo retreat

Postby kirtu » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:56 am

mint wrote:I am looking to do a solo retreat somewhere here in the eastern US. I live in NC, actually.
I don't have a lot of money, so that is a consideration. But I can't do one in my home, unfortunately: no privacy.
I have thought about going to Khandroling, but don't know how I feel about paying for a flight up to MA or driving such a long way to and fro!
Any thoughts where I could or what I could do?
When it comes to solo retreats, how is food preparation handled?


What is to keep you from taking a tent to a camp ground?

How long would you want to do your retreat? What kind of a retreat would it be?

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Re: solo retreat

Postby mint » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:23 am

kirtu wrote:
What is to keep you from taking a tent to a camp ground?

How long would you want to do your retreat? What kind of a retreat would it be?

Kirt


Taking a tent to a campground would be fine, but my girlfriend would say, "Why aren't you taking me?"

I'd like to do at least a 5 day.
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Re: solo retreat

Postby kirtu » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:10 am

mint wrote:
kirtu wrote:
What is to keep you from taking a tent to a camp ground?

How long would you want to do your retreat? What kind of a retreat would it be?

Kirt


Taking a tent to a campground would be fine, but my girlfriend would say, "Why aren't you taking me?"

I'd like to do at least a 5 day.


Why a solo retreat rather than a group retreat? There are group retreats throughout the year.

There used to be a solo retreat place in NY. I don't know much more than that now. The person who mentioned it to me said that the organizers had basically set up a place where Buddhist practitioners could do solo retreat.

There is also the Palyul Retreat place near Green, NY as well as many other places (Tsechen Kunchab Ling, a Sakya center) - numerous places now. Many advertise the possibility of solo retreat but I don't know how accurate that is.

There is a Gelug place near Raleigh I think. You could call them up.

Your girlfriend won't ask about going to a retreat place instead of a camp ground?

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Re: solo retreat

Postby mint » Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:36 pm

kirtu wrote:Your girlfriend won't ask about going to a retreat place instead of a camp ground?



Sure, she'd ask, but then I'd tell her the facts about what you do while you're there, that there's no shopping or much talking, no TV, etc., and she'd say, "Oh, well, you can go."
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Re: solo retreat

Postby Bonsai Doug » Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:06 pm

Here's a Buddhist retreat center in the Finger Lakes area of western NY state. You can do retreats
with others, or alone: http://www.springwatercenter.org/
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Re: solo retreat

Postby Jikan » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:51 pm

I don't know your situation, mint, so this may or may not be relevant to you:

Solo retreats aren't usually advisable until one has significant retreat experience under his or her belt. A situation like this might be of use:

http://www.zenmind.org/menu.html
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