The Buddha taught that we are all spinning due to our habits of greed, anger and delusion, long enough to have become wise and dispassionate about how we keep getting hooked into these cycles of suffering. What is it that we are not seeing clearly enough that keeps this spin spinning? The Buddha’s teachings encourage us to stabilize present moment awareness so that we can begin to see how natural and impersonal all this inner and outer activity actually is. Understanding the river of experience in this way leads to a natural letting go and the releasing of the burden of attachment. This retreat will provide the supporting conditions for us to do this inner work together and to learn from the Buddha’s instructions.
The retreat will take place in Noble Silence and include talks, discussions, guided meditations, and guided mindful movement practice. The retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators.
“The inner tangle and the outer tangle, these people are entangled in a tangle.
So I ask of you Gotama,
Who can disentangle this tangle?
One established in virtue, deeply knowing, developing mind and wisdom,
a cultivator ardent and discerning:
she can disentangle this tangle.
Those for whom lust and hatred,
along with ignorance have been dispelled, the arahants with impulses ended:
for them the tangle is disentangled.
Where both name and form
stop without the least remainder,
also impingement and recognition of form: it is here this tangle is cut.”
The Buddha, SN 1:23
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 funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
Subsidized fee : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $400 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $450 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.)