The Buddha taught that continuity of mindful awareness, when accompanied by right view, can liberate the heart from afflictive emotions. The process gives rise to wholesome states of mind such as kindness, compassion, joy, and peace. This retreat will be structured in such a way as to support the practice of insight meditation, also known as vipassana in the Buddhist lineage. The days will be simple, which is conducive to settling the mind; there will be guided meditations, periods of seated and walking meditation, Dharma talks, group practice discussions, and question & answer periods.
To support continuity of mindful awareness, the retreat will be held in silence with the exceptions of group interviews, and question and answer periods. This retreat is appropriate both for new practitioners, and those who have been practicing insight meditation for some time.
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.
Generosity Tier : $500 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Base Tier : $425 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Subsidized Tier : $350 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.)