Many of us have heard dharma teachers say “the Buddha said” or otherwise refer to the Pali Canon, but how can we discover and explore for ourselves the vast and rich collection of these discourses? And how can we incorporate this exploration into our Buddhist practice so that it is a support for greater freedom?

In this 5-day retreat we will combine meditation practice with an introduction to sutta study. We will emphasize a few suttas that highlight individuals who are having difficulties with their meditation practice, who are convinced that they already have the truth or who are not convinced that awakening is possible. Through their stories and the teachings the Buddha offers them, we will learn about different paths of practice, different supports for practice and a way to engage with the suttas to continue an exploration on our own after the retreat.

Our time together will include talks and guided meditations and be primarily in silence with the exception of interactive exercises where participants will explore sutta passages together each day.


Partial attendance is not offered on this retreat. Additionally, please consider attending this retreat only if your current life circumstances allow you to engage in an important modern renunciation practice of staying offline and off phone/text during the entire course of the retreat (some exceptions related to pressing family situations may be granted.)

A vaccination requirement is still in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.

Participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.

We require the following schedule of rapid testing with negative results: 1)  on the Tuesday prior to the retreat stat; 2)  on the Friday start-day of the retreat; and 3) on Monday during the retreat for any retreats longer than 3 nights.

We continue to require all retreatants, **teachers and staff to remain masked until all participants conduct the Monday testing with negative results. At that point masking becomes optional. (**With consent of the group, teachers will teach without masks starting the first night but remain masked along with the group at all other times.)

The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health.  All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment to respond most appropriately to covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.


Subsidized fee : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $400 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $450 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)


Diana Clark

Assisting Teacher

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