In this retreat, we’ll explore the essential teachings offered by the Buddha that lead to the sure heart’s release: the purification of speech and behavior, the purification of mind through concentration and insight, and the purification of view through the experiential understanding of the three universal characteristics. The teachings will draw from the path to liberation as described in the late Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw’s “Manual of Insight,” and the practical yet profound awareness teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. These inseparable and mutually reinforcing Dhamma understandings cultivate unshakable faith in the efficacy of the Buddha’s teachings to experience liberating love and wisdom.
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will include complete instructions for sitting and walking meditations, Dharma talks, guided loving kindness meditations, Q&A, group and individual practice discussions, mindful work periods, eating and resting as opportunities to maintain continuous awareness. The daily schedule will be alternate periods of sitting and walking, with opportunities for more open periods of practicing depending on individual needs.
A guided mindful movement session will be offered most days as an option during one walking period. These sessions are based on very simple qigong movements that integrate easy breathing, awareness and movement, and can be easily done by most people regardless of age or flexibility. Besides supporting the continuity of mindfulness, this qigong practice will also help support relaxation, concentration, and vitality.
The retreat is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. Participants from all diversities of life are welcome.
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 funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
For this retreat, special financial assistance is available for young adults, ages 18 - 35.
More information is posted on our Scholarship information page.
Subsidized fee : $630 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $685 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $745 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff