One of the central concepts to the Buddha’s teaching was that of the five khandhas, usually translated into English as “five aggregates” of form, feeling-tone, conceptualization, impulse and consciousness. With correct practice, the five aggregates can form a simple and potent set of tools for examining ourselves and the world, and for bridging over into the direct realization of emptiness and suchness.
Over the course of this retreat we will learn how to work skillfully with the five aggregates in relation to the Buddhist paths of liberation.
This 6-day retreat will be held in noble silence and is open to dedicated practitioners of all levels.
The retreat content will include:
• Learning to cultivate and balance samatha (tranquility) and vipassanā (clear seeing)
• Information about each of the five aggregates and how to practice with them
• Exploring some of the Buddhists paths to realization
• Developing paññā (liberating wisdom)
• Question and answer sessions
• Guidance on various meditation postures and self-massage
• Instruction for practicing throughout daily life
• Optional daily qi gong
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.)
CURRENT COVID-19/PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS:
Cloud Mountain continues to take endemic covid-19 seriously as a public health risk in the retreat environment. Masking and rapid testing requirements are in place.
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Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
This retreat is intended for experienced students.
Supporting fee : $ plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $ plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Subsidized fee : $ 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.)