Goofaholix wrote:It doesn't matter where it is? and you'd like to do jhana but that doesn't matter either?
If you aim at nothing you are bound to hit it, it would pay to be more specific.
Thanks. Good points. I was trying to be open but I guess I went a little overboard. However, no, it doesn't matter where it is since I am willing to travel. Preferably Europe as that would leave more time to practice and less to travel but Thailand, India, Nepal, Myanmar, U.S. are also fine.
Yes, I would like to do Jhana practice; however, I am not the most knowledgeable so I am open to any suggestion and if you think I should pursue Vipassana, please don't hesitate to tell me as that might be exactly what I need. I don't know what I don't know so it is hard to be more specific.
The only place I know of where you can do a 20 day jhana retreat anytime and expect regular instruction is Pa Auk. However if you want to do vipassana there are lots of places in asia, in the west there are lots too but retreats run on a schedule so you usuually can't start and stop when you want.
Yes, I like Pa Auk. I did a 10-day retreat with Sayalay Sushila some time ago. She was very good. I was a bad student though as I daydreamed most of the time.
Would you mind naming some of the Vipassana in Asia? I found through wanderingdhamma.org that Ajahn Tong has a few places which offer 26-day retreats. Also, Wat Pa Ban Tad with Phra Martin is an option. However, that might be too much of a change at first. I like to think that I would practice 24/7 when in retreat but I might just spend most of my time daydreaming if I don't have regular interaction with an instructor.
It doesn't sound like you'll want to stay in a monastery as a guest rather than on retreat as community activities may cut into your meditation time too much.
True. Although I greatly admire the monk life, I think the month I have will be better spend meditating. However, that does not mean I am in any way opposed to offering alms and doing some chanting twice a day. That might turn out very beneficial.
If I need to be more specific. Please let me know as I appreciate the replies and want to keep them coming.
Many thanks to all!