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As a bee without harming the flower, its colour or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey, even so should the sage wander in the village.
~The Buddha
Dhammapada 4:6

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Jhana Retreat

Sunday, June 25 to Sunday, July 2, 2017
(7 nights)

This retreat is currently full.
What does full mean?

Level: Intermediate
What does Intermediate mean?

Teacher: Bhante Gunaratana & Bhante Seelananda

The study of the Jhanas will be offered to experienced and advanced level of meditators only.  All retreats are considered silent retreats with the exception of Dhamma talks, question and answer periods including optional teacher interviews.
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.