What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Discussion of Samatha bhavana and Jhana bhavana.

What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby manas » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:07 pm

If this topic is in the wrong place, I invite the mods to post it elsewhere. I was not sure where I ought to put this question.

I am seriously thinking that I ought to go and spend a month at some stage at Ajahn Thanissaro's monastery and meditate / get some advice personally. If I am going to make such an investment of time and money, I wanted to get some tips maybe, from anyone who has done so previously, so I can get the most benefit. In particular, what is the best time of the year to visit? And what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate? Any advice would be much appreciated. :)

Thank you
manas
:anjali:
______________________*__*__*______________________

I could die today, and I don't want to die without having done
some citta-bhavana, so I will do some citta-bhavana today.
User avatar
manas
 
Posts: 2106
Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:04 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby fivebells » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:40 pm

...what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate?


Watch out, or there'll be an evening talk directed at you about the critical role of patient endurance. :)

(Huge fan, listen to at least two of those talks a day.)
fivebells
 
Posts: 299
Joined: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:52 am

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby cooran » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:48 pm

Hello Manas,

A friend of mine has just returned from a couple of months retreat at Thanissaro's monastery. I'll try to catch up with her on the weekend at meditation and see if it is o.k. To give you her contact details.

With metta,
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
User avatar
cooran
 
Posts: 7510
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
Location: Queensland, Australia

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby manas » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:54 pm

fivebells wrote:
...what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate?


Watch out, or there'll be an evening talk directed at you about the critical role of patient endurance. :)

(Huge fan, listen to at least two of those talks a day.)


That may be the case, but I'm just not that patient and enduring...a beetle could wreak havoc if it started digging into one's eardrum...there is a risk one could lose one's hearing. Not to mention the pain involved...

metta
______________________*__*__*______________________

I could die today, and I don't want to die without having done
some citta-bhavana, so I will do some citta-bhavana today.
User avatar
manas
 
Posts: 2106
Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:04 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby manas » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:56 pm

cooran wrote:Hello Manas,

A friend of mine has just returned from a couple of months retreat at Thanissaro's monastery. I'll try to catch up with her on the weekend at meditation and see if it is o.k. To give you her contact details.

With metta,
Chris


Thanks, Chris, I appreciate that.

:anjali:
______________________*__*__*______________________

I could die today, and I don't want to die without having done
some citta-bhavana, so I will do some citta-bhavana today.
User avatar
manas
 
Posts: 2106
Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:04 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby fivebells » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:05 pm

Hope it was clear I was joking. I am all in favor of repelling eardrum-digging beetles.
fivebells
 
Posts: 299
Joined: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:52 am

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:35 pm

:twothumbsup:
Good on you Manas.
I was thinking the same.
Get some information for us.
:)
SarathW
 
Posts: 2029
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:49 am

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby appicchato » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:52 pm

Having grown up in the area, bugs are a non-issue...gets nippy in the winter, spring beautiful, late summer dyno...
User avatar
appicchato
 
Posts: 1584
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:47 am
Location: Bridge on the River Kwae

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby Samma » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:16 am

Whenever you are available and inspired is the best time!

See: http://www.watmetta.org/visitor.html
Samma
 
Posts: 162
Joined: Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:47 pm

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby PsychedelicSunSet » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:16 am

To my knowledge, if you're a first timer the longest you can stay is 2 weeks. I may be mistaken though. Please keep us all updated, as this is something I'd like to do at some point as well.




Metta
User avatar
PsychedelicSunSet
 
Posts: 113
Joined: Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:04 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Postby Buckwheat » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:37 pm

manas wrote:If this topic is in the wrong place, I invite the mods to post it elsewhere. I was not sure where I ought to put this question.

I am seriously thinking that I ought to go and spend a month at some stage at Ajahn Thanissaro's monastery and meditate / get some advice personally. If I am going to make such an investment of time and money, I wanted to get some tips maybe, from anyone who has done so previously, so I can get the most benefit. In particular, what is the best time of the year to visit? And what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate? Any advice would be much appreciated. :)

Thank you
manas
:anjali:


There is a two-week limit for first time visitors. I stayed there for 10 days between two out of town trips by the abbot. I had a wonderful experience. The whole community is full of amazingly warm-hearted and generous people. They do not allow guests to stay when the abbot is away. I think that is partly just so the residents get some periods of not having any overnight guests to take care of.

The climate in that area is famously temperate, meaning its pretty comfortable year round. You can expect cool rain in the winter, dry heat in the summer, but neither one is extreme. Spring and fall are nice transition periods, but less predictable.

If you plan to visit, you really need to visit this site, which addresses your questions and then some... http://www.watmetta.org/visitor.html
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.
Buckwheat
 
Posts: 927
Joined: Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:39 am
Location: California USA


Return to Samatha Meditation and Jhana

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: SarathW, Yahoo [Bot] and 4 guests