Combining A Vacation And A Retreat?

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Jhana4
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Combining A Vacation And A Retreat?

Postby Jhana4 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:09 am

I've been thinking of going on a retreat in some places that are quite a trip from my home. Given my limited time and resources for traveling I think I should see something else on a trip than the inside of a meditation hall. In the past, coming off of retreats, I felt calm and then overstimulated being out in the regular world, so I am thinking of doing the site seeing part of a trip before a retreat. Has anyone every tried this? What results did you get?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Combining A Vacation And A Retreat?

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:19 am

Jhana4 wrote:I've been thinking of going on a retreat in some places that are quite a trip from my home. Given my limited time and resources for traveling I think I should see something else on a trip than the inside of a meditation hall. In the past, coming off of retreats, I felt calm and then overstimulated being out in the regular world, so I am thinking of doing the site seeing part of a trip before a retreat. Has anyone every tried this? What results did you get?

I would strongly suggest you do the sightseeing before the meditation as well - but in the past I have used the period before a retreat to do some light vacationing, and it didn't derail me. Just plan to have at least a morning set aside between the to, as to transfer from tourist to yogi :)
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Combining A Vacation And A Retreat?

Postby Goofaholix » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:07 am

Travel, sightseeing, retreat, travel, sightseeing, retreat, travel, sightseeing, retreat over periods of up to 6 to 8 months.

It's a good way to get you out of your comfort zone and change your perspective, especially when doing it in a very different environment like SE asia.
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya


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