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.
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.
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.
JustThis wrote:This is the only place where I have done a self retreat (vs group) so I have nothing to compare it to. Extremely quiet when I go in the winter, maybe 10-12 people. Very comfortably, you set your own schedule, probably expensive, the teachers are listed, you interview 2X a week but can always ask for an appointment or leave a note if you have a question. Their retreat facility has a 3 month group retreat which can be broken into smaller time spots if spaces are available.
befriend wrote:if you want to do samatha vipassana together which will lead to jhana go to MIssouri. ive never been but apparently its rare NOT to enter jhana during a short retreat. its a monastery with a maha thera monastic and a nun. he specializes in metta which leads to jhana. i practice this myself. and find it very powerful. i practice metta yet still have vipassana insights. because its vipassana and samatha simultaneously. the website is dhammasukha.org.
Clarence wrote: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.
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.
Goofaholix wrote:If you aren't that knowledgable and you aren't sure whether you want to practise jhana and you daydreamed through most of your last retreat then I wouldn't recommend you try to do a jhana retreat, it really doesn't sound like you are ready for that, and 20 days is too short to get results anyway. If you do vipassana now you'll learn much about the mind, learn to start letting go, establish a discipline, then maybe you can give jhana a punt in 5-10 years time.
I wouldn't recommend Wat Pa Ban Tad as it's not a retreat centre, though with Luangta having passed away it's probably much much quieter than it used to be. Ajahn Tong's approach might be good for you as they do push you a bit, or if you really want to be pushed then go to Panditarama. I'd also recommend http://sayadawutejaniya.org/ though it's the other end of the spectrum from jhana.
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