The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Theravāda in the 21st century - modern applications of ancient wisdom
User avatar
retrofuturist
Posts: 15729
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact:

The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:46 am

Greetings,

Something interesting I just received from the FWBO-oriented Melbourne Buddhist Centre via e-mail.

You are invited to come and attend the International Urban Retreat

that will be held at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre from 20 to 27 June.
The Urban retreat is open to anyone who knows the Metta Bhavana and Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practices. It will provide an encouraging environment for everyone at all levels of experience, who has a desire to deepen their practice in their everyday lives. Over 30 other FWBO centres spanning 14 countries around the world will be participating. Worldwide we are expecting over 1000 people to be involved. This will create a greater sense of being part of a wider community of FWBO practitioners.

The theme of the retreat is “life with full attention”.

For those who haven’t done an urban retreat before, it typically starts with a day at your local centre, during which participants are encouraged to think about how they would like to practise in the next week, and to become aware of what may help or hinder that. Suggestions will be given on various ways to support you in this. Collectively we will commit ourselves to this week of practice through an aspirational puja.

The urban retreat enables people to gain confidence that they can really practise amidst their daily lives, along with getting to know people at their local centre.

If you don’t live near the centre or are unable to attend both Saturdays, then it is possible to participate through the online version: www.theurbanretreat.org


What do you think about the concept of an Urban Retreat?

Is there an application for such a thing within Theravadin circles?

Metta,
Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

Never again...

Individual
Posts: 1970
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:19 am

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby Individual » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:47 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Something interesting I just received from the FWBO-oriented Melbourne Buddhist Centre via e-mail.

You are invited to come and attend the International Urban Retreat

that will be held at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre from 20 to 27 June.
The Urban retreat is open to anyone who knows the Metta Bhavana and Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practices. It will provide an encouraging environment for everyone at all levels of experience, who has a desire to deepen their practice in their everyday lives. Over 30 other FWBO centres spanning 14 countries around the world will be participating. Worldwide we are expecting over 1000 people to be involved. This will create a greater sense of being part of a wider community of FWBO practitioners.

The theme of the retreat is “life with full attention”.

For those who haven’t done an urban retreat before, it typically starts with a day at your local centre, during which participants are encouraged to think about how they would like to practise in the next week, and to become aware of what may help or hinder that. Suggestions will be given on various ways to support you in this. Collectively we will commit ourselves to this week of practice through an aspirational puja.

The urban retreat enables people to gain confidence that they can really practise amidst their daily lives, along with getting to know people at their local centre.

If you don’t live near the centre or are unable to attend both Saturdays, then it is possible to participate through the online version: http://www.theurbanretreat.org


What do you think about the concept of an Urban Retreat?

Is there an application for such a thing within Theravadin circles?

Metta,
Retro. :)

I think it would need to be an environment that is shielded from the noise of the city, has enough plants and flowers, and has rooms that are large and high enough so as to avoid the feeling of being cramped. A small, undecorated apartment next to a highway wouldn't work, but it seems like a penthouse with thick windows could be just as serene as a forest hut.
The best things in life aren't things.

The Diamond Sutra

User avatar
pink_trike
Posts: 1038
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:29 am
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby pink_trike » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:07 am

Individual wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,
Something interesting I just received from the FWBO-oriented Melbourne Buddhist Centre via e-mail.
The theme of the retreat is “life with full attention”.


What do you think about the concept of an Urban Retreat?

Is there an application for such a thing within Theravadin circles?

Metta,
Retro. :)

I think it would need to be an environment that is shielded from the noise of the city, has enough plants and flowers, and has rooms that are large and high enough so as to avoid the feeling of being cramped. A small, undecorated apartment next to a highway wouldn't work, but it seems like a penthouse with thick windows could be just as serene as a forest hut.

Hi Individual,

Practice is far more than just meditating - and meditation can be beneficial and effective in any environment, even noisy urban areas. The idea behind urban retreating is that we practice with whatever is on our plate right in front of us in any given moment no matter where we find ourselves appearing. Extending our practice into all of life, moment by moment. Very few people in urban environments have the luxury of retreating to pretty rural environments with plants and flowers and quiet. There isn't any escape from the world during our life, no matter where we run off to hide - but we can train ourselves to reintegrate into the messiness of the world with clarity and compassion.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

---

Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

User avatar
jcsuperstar
Posts: 1915
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:15 am
Location: alaska
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:38 am

i remember haikuin (i know he's zen not theravada but anyways) saying something about anyone can go off an meditate alone in a nice place, the real work is maintaining that in the city/crowds
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

User avatar
appicchato
Posts: 1603
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:47 am
Location: Bridge on the River Kwae

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby appicchato » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:47 am

retrofuturist wrote:Collectively we will commit ourselves to this week of practice through an aspirational puja.

Inspiring will get them a lot further than aspirating...if I were asked that is... :quote:

User avatar
Prasadachitta
Posts: 974
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:52 am
Location: San Francisco (The Mission) Ca USA
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:43 pm

appicchato wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:Collectively we will commit ourselves to this week of practice through an aspirational puja.

Inspiring will get them a lot further than aspirating...if I were asked that is... :quote:


Hello appicchato,

I find aspiring very inspiring. Therefore those who aspire also inspire.

Take care

Gabriel
"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

User avatar
kc2dpt
Posts: 956
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:48 pm

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby kc2dpt » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:33 pm

aspire - direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something

aspirate - pronounce (a sound) with an exhalation of breath

however...

aspirational - the adjective form of aspiration which is the noun form of aspire, not aspirate

:rofl:
- Peter

Be heedful and you will accomplish your goal.

User avatar
kc2dpt
Posts: 956
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:48 pm

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby kc2dpt » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:36 pm

I think the idea of that retreat sounds productive. It's really not much more than talking to your teacher about how to improve your practice in every day life. Except in this case it's an organized activity with many people participating at once.
- Peter

Be heedful and you will accomplish your goal.

User avatar
Jechbi
Posts: 1268
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:38 am
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby Jechbi » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:34 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Is there an application for such a thing within Theravadin circles?

Try serving in the kitchen at a retreat center. Lots of traffic, lots of noise, lots of commotion. At first you find yourself shoulder-to-shoulder with people who moments ago were strangers. It's a great way to practice mindfulness.
Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.

User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
Posts: 8780
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:59 pm

It's not really that new. Many Dhamma centers in the U.S. have been doing that for some years now. For example, a very popular retreat in many U.S. cities is the day-long retreat. Participants come in the morning, meditate, listen to Dhamma talks, have personal interviews with the teacher if necessary, lunch, more meditation, talks, and then it ends at about 5 to 8 pm in the evening.

Some have stretched that to two to three days, with some participants going back to their homes and others staying at the center. I think it is a great way to adapt to modern life and to include the Dhamma in everyday life.

:thumbsup:

User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
Posts: 8780
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:02 pm

Individual wrote:but it seems like a penthouse with thick windows could be just as serene as a forest hut.

Thanks! That is the format we use at Vipassana Foundation. :tongue:

User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 5998
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:16 pm

Hi
I know (cant remember the name of the centre) a centre in london, which use to be a court house runs retreats and the retreatants, can live onsite in one of the old cells, or go home and come back in the morning.
I did meet someone who done the non-residential side, and will have a look for the centre, all I remember is that it is a Tibetan group don't think it is FPMT but may be affiliated.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

User avatar
appicchato
Posts: 1603
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:47 am
Location: Bridge on the River Kwae

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby appicchato » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:23 pm

Peter wrote:aspirational - the adjective form of aspiration which is the noun form of aspire, not aspirate

:oops:

User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 5998
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:29 pm

Here is the site
http://www.jamyang.co.uk/aboutus.html

stumbled into the london buddhist centre to start with and noticed they do the Urban retreats also
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

User avatar
pink_trike
Posts: 1038
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:29 am
Contact:

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby pink_trike » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:20 am

A bit of word trivia: The words "aspire", "inspire" and "expire" are all expansions of the latin "spirare" which means "to breathe". Quality inspiration and aspiration both tend to naturally arise with conscious breathing which is undefiled by the tension's of mind that get played out in the somatic environment.

And with our final "expire" we no longer "in-spire" or "in-breathe". We are expired.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

---

Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

User avatar
Nibbida
Posts: 466
Joined: Sat May 02, 2009 3:44 am

Re: The concept of an "Urban Retreat"

Postby Nibbida » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:25 am

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, etiam nunc justo urna vehicula, rhoncus nam non facilisis aliquet, mauris nulla nisl convallis per ut. Venenatis per, vitae dapibus nam pellentesque id pellentesque, tortor augue. Wisi neque lacus dolor et, bibendum leo, mattis quam quisque, curabitur aenean mollis semper diam nisl, maecenas neque non velit. Iaculis velit rutrum odio nibh, lectus et pellentesque arcu quam ac, sit velit tellus hendrerit a augue nisl, mollis ipsum, iaculis vestibulum orci dui mauris ante. Purus malesuada, ut sem, potenti wisi sit velit. Mi dignissim felis rhoncus mauris facilisis, urna consectetuer quisque aliquam curabitur. Suspendisse libero amet sed feugiat. Consequat amet elit consectetuer ut et pellentesque, duis imperdiet nostra sed vestibulum, quis adipiscing nulla ante mattis. At ut commodo, nec orci, metus praesent.

Cras id, tellus wisi quisque curabitur, erat augue lacus lectus pretium, lacus quam tellus vitae quam. Nullam lorem nunc, velit maecenas, vestibulum sed suspendisse eget sem, velit sed, sed libero id. Nec a et. Fermentum senectus consectetuer, faucibus est pharetra vel ac rhoncus nec, ultrices sed mauris perspiciatis odio, ut neque neque posuere. Ullamcorper odio nunc wisi posuere. Pede est vestibulum, eu nunc pharetra, id maecenas accumsan quam faucibus luctus, habitasse vel sagittis eu convallis, urna dolor. Ac dolor ac tellus libero quis lacinia, justo elit vel quis, vestibulum viverra pellentesque sit. Quis tortor ullamcorper amet magnis hymenaeos potenti, interdum mollis quam aliquam turpis nihil.


Return to “Theravāda for the modern world”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine