Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Registration opens on Monday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m.The Four Foundations Retreat will focus on “mindfulness in reflection of the Dhamma.” This retreat is listed at an intermediate level which means meditators who have attended two or more short retreats at Bhavana Society or two retreats each lasting three full days at other centers can register. These are the activities that the Buddha considered the absolute foundations of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of feelings, mindfulness for the mind, mindfulness of mental objects. The Mahasatipatana Sutta will be used as the basis for the retreat. 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.
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 explanation 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.
Please note, if a Retreat Registration becomes active during holidays or weekends, we may not be able to ‘get back to you’ about your retreat registration request until the next business day. Thank you for your understanding.
On-site registration/check-in opens at 3:00 p.m. 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.
The link to download the PDF below includes a Pali pronunciation guide and the "Request for the Three Refuges and the Eight Lifetime Precepts" in both English and Pali.