RETREAT DESCRIPTION

The Buddha frequently taught about the practice of the path as “a gradual training” (anupubbasikkhā), which unfolds in stages from the first step to the final goal of enlightenment. He most often talked about this gradual unfolding in terms of monastic life. However, he also made it clear that the path is open and available to lay followers as well and that many, many of his lay disciples were highly accomplished in the Dhamma, having developed the Path and attained the fruits on the way to awakening.

In this retreat, we will rely on the suttas of the Pali Canon to explore this gradual training from beginning to end with an emphasis on applying its practice in lay life. We will use Noble Silence as a support and include daily meditation instructions, Dhamma talks, Q&A and practice meetings with the teachers.

This retreat is appropriate for newer and more experienced meditators. Its format is designed to give those who want more structure the framework and support they need, and to give seasoned practitioners the freedom and flexibility to guide their own schedule.

The retreat will take place in Noble Silence and include daily meditation instructions, Dhamma talks, Q&A and practice meetings with the teachers. This retreat is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators. Its format is designed to give those who want more structure the framework and support they need, and to give seasoned practitioners the freedom and flexibility to guide their own schedule.

 

EXPERIENCE PREQREQUISITE:  Successful completion of at least one residential, 7-day, silent, Buddhist meditation retreat.

 

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.)

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.

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

SPECIAL NOTES

This retreat is intended for experienced students.

This retreat is led by a bhikkhuni or ex‐nun.

RETREAT COST

Subsidized fee : $910 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $1105 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $1300 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.)

TEACHERS

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