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“This is the entire spiritual life, Ananda, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship. When a monk has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path.”
~ The Buddha
SN 45:2



Introduction to Samatha & Vipassana Meditation Retreat

Tuesday, April 19 to Saturday, April 23, 2016
(4 nights)

This retreat is currently full.
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Teacher: Bhante Gunaratana

These are not entirely different two kinds of meditation but two levels of meditation.  What was lacking in the time of the absence of the Buddha was vipassana.  Vipassana could be found only in the teaching of the Buddha.  For the attainment of liberation one has to practice, develop and cultivate both these simultaneously.  This is what is called tandem (yuganaddha).  In this retreat we introduce the technique of practicing both samatha and vipassana (serenity and insight).  All retreats are considered silent retreats with the exception of Dhamma talks, question and answer periods including optional teacher interviews.

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.