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Noble 8 Fold Path Retreat 2024

May 24 - May 29


The noble eightfold path was included in the very first teaching of the Buddha; the four noble truths. Of the four noble truths, the eightfold path is the fourth: “the path leading to the end of suffering”. The path can be broken down into Sila, Samadhi, and Panna : Conduct, Concentration, and Wisdom.

Conduct(Sila) is right action and also refers to the precepts.

Concentration(Samadhi) can also be translated as serenity or calm and is the fruit of various samatha practices.

Wisdom(Panna) refers to insight, a fruit of mindfulness practice and includes right view.

All are part of right action and require right effort/energy. This 5 night retreat will include in depth exploration into the noble eightfold path and experiential inquiry into the conduct, concentration, and wisdom of this path and integrates it into our daily life and sitting practice. This includes the importance of precepts/right action and right meditation.

Retreat Leaders


Bhante Henepola Gunaratana(Bhante G) is one of the most senior monks on the planet and is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968. “Bhante G” (as he is fondly called by his students) has written a number of books, including the now-classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English and its companion Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. Bhante G regularly leads retreats on vipassana, mindfulness, metta (loving-friendliness), concentration, and other topics at Bhavana Society.

Bhante Ethkandawaka Saddhajeewa Thero serves as Vice Abbot of Bhavana Society and received his higher ordination in Sri Lanka. He is a meditation and Dhamma teacher with many years of experience working with youth and young adults as an educator, administrator, psychotherapist and  social worker. He holds master’s degrees in psychology, sociology and education from universities in the United States and Sri Lanka. In addition, he holds a doctorate from the University of the West in Rosemead, CAk,  with research focus on Mindfulness for substance abuse recovery. He has published eleven books.


Retreat registration will open approximately one month prior to the retreat start date. You can get a reminder by adding this retreat to your calendar by using the calendar links directly above.


May 24
May 29
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Bhavana Society
97 Meditation Trail, Back Creek Rd, High View, WV 26808, WV United States + Google Map

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