FIVE SPIRITUAL SENSES
SEE THE WORLD BEYOND YOUR VISION
Dear Dhamma Friends
we are pleased to announce
a Weekend retreat in 2014 at
The Gainesville Retreat Center, 1551 SE 51st street, Gainesville, Florida 32641
January 10th, 2014 to January 12th , 2014
Venerable Bhante Saddhasara Thero will be the teacher during the weekend Retreat. Bhante Saddhasara Thero is a Theravada monk from Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery in Sri Lanka. He studied Dhamma and Meditation under Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, the founder of Mahamevnawa. He is in his second year of bringing Buddha's original Dhamma to the United States.
For more information about the Mahamevnawa, go to our website
http://www.mahamevnawaflorida.org or http://www.floridabuddhism.org
The Gainesville Retreat Center is located 1551 SE 51st St, Gainesville, Florida 32641. It is situated on a 107-acre wildlife refuge with miles of hiking trails. Sleeping rooms accommodate 2 people comfortably. Camping and RV hookups are available. A new 1200 square foot meditation hall will open January 1, 2014
Style of Practice
The weekend retreat will be conducted in the Theravādha tradition with a focus on the Five Spiritual Senses (unshakable confidence, effort, Mindfulness, concentration and wisdom), the original teachings of the Buddha and his meditation practice. This includes sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindfulness in every action.
Instructions and guidance for all meditators will include discourse by Venerable Bhante Saddhasara Thero, as well as individual interviews, during which each meditator will be able to discuss their meditation experiences with the Bhante.
During the retreat, all yogis are expected to practice with a high level of commitment, effort and dedication. The daily practice begins at 5:30 AM and ends at 10:00 PM.
All meditators are requested to attend the Retreat Center by 4:00 PM on January 10th to participate in pre-retreat orientation.
The Eight Precepts
All yogis are expected to observe the traditional eight precepts during the retreat:
1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature
2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given
3. Chastity: refraining from any sexual activity
4. Right Speech: avoiding false, abusive or malicious speech
5. Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs
6. Renunciation: not eating after midday
7. Restraint: not wearing make-up, jewelry or immodest clothing; not playing music or musical instruments; to refrain from dancing; singing and to refrain from the use
of adornments and ornaments
8. Alertness: to refrain from using high and luxurious seats and beds
Meditators are required to strictly adhere to the rules of the Meditation centre and to practice diligently, according to the instructions given by their teacher.
Meditators are asked to maintain strict ‘noble silence’, that is not engaging in any talk with each other, or anyone else, unless it is really necessary during the course of the retreat.
Meditators are expected to dress conservatively and to not wear sleeveless shirts, tank tops, shorts or short skirts. Female yogis are required to wear long skirts /loose trousers or dresses and blouses with sleeves. Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes. Male yogis may wear white shirts and white pants.
Items to bring
Please bring your own toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, razors, mirror, hairbrush and nail clippers.
Meditators may also wish to bring a watch, alarm clock, vitamin supplements as well as any prescribed medicines.
To confirm your expression of interest, please email as soon as possible:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We look forward to your participation at this retreat. Kindly forward this email to your circle of dhamma friends. We will confirm your place at the retreat once your registration is completed.
Cost of two meals & shared room (single rooms might be available) for the entire duration:
$84 (Double occupancy) – To be paid in full upon registration
Please make your checks payable to: Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery Florida, 2714 Doerun Ct, Tampa, FL 33618
Voluntary donations will be accepted. Any funds remaining at the end of the retreat will be donated to Mahamevnawa Monastery and the Gainesville Retreat Center