By using the timeless teachings of the Buddha on emptiness and the Four Noble Truths, we move beyond our sorrows and grievances, cultivating virtue, joy, wisdom, and fearlessness. And as we realize the heart’s true peace, we create immeasurable blessings both for ourselves and all beings.
A familiar meditation practice is to hone our skills in mindfulness and present moment awareness by directly knowing and exploring what takes place in the mind. In this retreat, we will develop those skills by also turning our attention to what is absent, what is not present in consciousness, so as to expand our awareness and deepen our understanding of what we are not experiencing – the fear we cannot touch, the sorrow we try to forget. When we truly see and experience these as empty, the truth of suffering, its origin and its cessation take root. Just so, emptiness hastens us on the way out of suffering towards the threshold of freedom.
The retreat will take place in Noble Silence. The daily schedule will include morning and evening chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and daily Dhamma talks as well as guided meditations. There also will be opportunities for group practice discussions along with Q&A during the retreat. Dinner will be provided for those who wish but participants will be very welcome to follow the Eight Precepts.
2021 CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
A vaccination requirement is in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.
All participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.
We will continue to require all retreatants, staff and teachers to remain masked throughout the retreat.
All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. Follow this link for comprehensive information about the specific guidelines in place at this time.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. 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.
This retreat is offered as an all-dana retreat. Other than the $100 we request as a non-refundable commitment fee, each participant will be encouraged to practice generosity out of gratitude for this retreat experience. At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to offer donations to the teacher and to the retreat center.
There is no set fee to attend, but we ask each retreatant for a non-refundable $100 commitment fee.