Ben wrote:Hi JKPenumbra
You could do a ten-day course of vipassana meditation in the tradition of sayagi u ba khin as taught by sn goenka. The courses are run solely on a donation basis by grateful "old" students who give according to their means.
Go to the North American page for course centres close to you.
I'm sure some of our other members can provide links to centres of other traditions and monasteries that provide low-cost retreats.
Ben wrote:Did you see the "mid Atlantic" course schedule?
I have been practicing in this tradition since 1985, and every year I travel over 1,500 km to attend a retreat at the main Australian centre. I've also travelled to India and NZ for special long courses. What I'm getting at is that its worth travelling for. And you won't know this for yourself until after you've completed a course. If the mid-atlantic course shedule doesnt offer a 10-day course at a time suitable to you, check out some of the other course centres on east-coast/mid-west.
After completing a course, donate whatever you can afford. No one is turned away because they don't have any money, and no one is ever harrassed to make donations. But if you have $200-$300 to donate, and you could afford that - great.
JKPenumbra wrote:If I weren't over $30,000 in debt with 2 maxed out credit cards (Just to eat while in college) and now no vehicle, that would be a little more simple for me.
I would love to travel.
But I can hardly afford to stay fed
JKPenumbra wrote:I could easily afford a Greyhound anywhere in the country given a little time to save up, but once I'm there I'm not so sure about Taxi's, etc.
appicchato wrote:JKPenumbra wrote:I could easily afford a Greyhound anywhere in the country given a little time to save up, but once I'm there I'm not so sure about Taxi's, etc.
Don't quote me but I've heard tell that some of these individual centers will/can pick you up at the station...try asking them...