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“So too, monks, I saw the ancient path, the ancient road traveled by the Perfectly Enlightened Ones of the past. And what is that ancient path, that ancient road? It is just this Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.”
~ The Buddha
SN 12:65



Metta Retreat

Monday, May 1 to Sunday, May 7, 2017
(6 nights)


Level: Any
What does Any mean?

Teacher: Bhante Gunaratana & the Monastic Community

This retreat is focused on the practice of loving friendliness.  Traditionally, metta is cultivated along with compassion, sympathetic joy (rejoicing in the happiness of others) and equanimity.  Through these practices we develop a loving heart, concentration, self-acceptance, fearlessness and happiness.  These practices also establish our fundamental connectedness to all life.  Bhante Gunaratana will offer the opening and closing talks during this retreat.  Bhante Pannaratana and Bhante Jayasara will share in leading the other Dhamma talks and Q & A’s periods.  Bhante Managala will be the Retreat Coordinator. 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 and also teaching walking meditation.  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.