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Four Noble Truths Retreat

5 Nights

The Four Noble Truths (suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the way leading to the cessation of suffering) will be the in depth focus of this retreat.

For further information, please read Bhante Gunaratana's article on The Four Noble Truths.


For those who would like to take them, the Lifetime Precepts are offered at this retreat.

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.

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.

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.

Registered users who have signed in will see a "Supporting Document" field below with a PDF document link to download "Lifetime Precepts Chants" that includes a Pali pronunciation guide and the "Request for the Three Refuges and the Eight Lifetime Precepts" in both Pali and English. (It is an excerpt from the Bhavana Vandana.)

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