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“There is, monks, an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned. If, monks, there were no unborn… no escape would be discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned. But because there is an unborn…, therefore an escape is discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned.”
~ The Buddha
Ud 8:3



Seven Factors of Enlightenment Retreat

Sunday, September 18 to Saturday, September 24, 2016
(6 nights)


Level: Intermediate
What does Intermediate mean?

Teacher: Bhante Gunaratana

“Bhikkhus, just as this body, sustained by nutriment, subsists in dependence on nutriment and does not subsist without nutriment, so too the seven factors of enlightenment, sustained by nutriment, subsist in dependence on nutriment and do not subsist without nutriment.”, said the Buddha.
As gradual development of the seven factors leads to the attainment final goal of mindfulness mediation, this set of seven is the crown of Buddhist meditation. Development of them is based and established upon virtue. Understanding how to develop them is an essential part of Mindful meditation.  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.
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.