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self retreat

Postby befriend » Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:40 pm

i practice the noting of in and out breathing taught in the mahasi sayadaw method. if i were to meditate for a day or 2 as a self retreat, how would i set up my time schedule, meaning how much walking to sitting would i do, this question is for people that practice this method. thanks, metta befriend i also would practice some brahma vihara bhavana.
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Re: self retreat

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:39 pm

Hi Befriend,

The usual approach would be to alternate walking and sitting.
I start by alternating 30 minutes walking 30 minutes sitting, and build up to 1 hour walking, 1 hour sitting after a day or two.

In a communal situation you need to work this around meals and so on. If I'm at my local Wat we have morning Chanting 6:30-7:00, then 30 minutes group meditation, then breakfast.
Lunch at about 11:00.
Evening Chanting at 6.
Discuss what I've been experiencing with one of the monks at about 7:00.
To fit in with that, I usually get up at either 4 or 5 and go to bed at about 9:30 or 10:00.

If I were doing it completely solo, I would probably make use of something like Patrick Kearney's retreat recording: http://www.dharmasalon.net/Audio/audio.html which generally have a morning instruction/discussion and an evening talk.

On the first day I sometimes use metta for the sitting meditation to build concentration and settle down. After that I would do it at the end of the day.

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Re: self retreat

Postby befriend » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:58 pm

thanks mike, do you practice the mahasi method?
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Re: self retreat

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:16 pm


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Re: self retreat

Postby befriend » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:31 pm

cool, thanks.
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Re: self retreat

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Re: self retreat

Postby befriend » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:25 pm

is it ok to alternate between vipassana and brahma viharas? like 30 minutes vipassana, 30 minutes metta etc....
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Re: self retreat

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:37 pm

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: self retreat

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:26 pm


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Re: self retreat

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:42 pm

Also, don't be too hard on yourself if you have some problems. Practising alone for an extended period is extremely difficult, particularly if you have not had some personal instruction, or done a retreat before. You might consider working up your time. E.g. do an afternoon, then a day, then two days. That way you'd be able to consider what happened and be better prepared for longer periods.

Metta...
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