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“I do not perceive even one other thing, O monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind. The mind when developed and cultivated entails great happiness.”
~ The Buddha
AN 1:9

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Four Noble Truths Retreat

Tuesday, March 14 to Sunday, March 19, 2017
(5)

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This retreat is currently full for men.
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Level: Any
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Teacher: Bhante Gunaratana & the Monastic Community

The Four Noble Truths express the basic orientation of Buddhism: we crave and cling to impermanent states and things, which is dukkha, incapable of satisfying and painful.  This keeps us caught in samsara, the endless cycle of repeated rebirth, dukkha and dying again.  But there is a way to reach real happiness and to end this cycle, namely following the eightfold path.  Bhante Gunaratana and the monastic community, Bhante Mangala, Bhante Pannaratana and Bhante Jayasara will share in leading the Dhamma talks and Q & A’s periods.
Bhante Dhammaratana will be instructing those who will be taking the Lifetime Precepts.  When you arrive at Bhavana to complete your registration, please let the Retreat Coordinator know you will be participating in the Lifetime Precepts Ceremony.  If you are undecided, during interview sessions, you may speak with a senior monastic about any questions you may have about the process.


Registration opens at 3:00pm in the Dining Hall. Please arrive to allow enough time to complete registration here and settle in before the retreat begins. All retreats end after lunch on the last day.
Although every retreat is slightly different here is a typical retreat daily schedule.
For those who would like to take them, the Lifetime Precepts are offered at this retreat.

Specifc infromation can be found here.

If you would like to take the Lifetime Precepts (not to be confused with the regular monastery precepts), be sure to bring a set of white clothes.

For an explaination of the meaning of the precepts and their practice, read Bhante G's article Taking the Eight Lifetime Precepts. To read about the history of the precepts at Bhavana and what the ceremony is like, read The Seeds of Dhamma Take Root.