Dan74 wrote:For a working person even $800 is possible to save over the coming months, I would've thought. But if not, generally the organisers are flexible in special circumstances, I found.
I realize that private institutions or setups where a venue has to be rented have costs to cover and there's food and accomodation costs, power etc, but I don't know, $850 just sounds like a lot for a 10 day retreat. $400 for the Aussie retreat would be doable, with the right airfares it might work out cheaper for kiwis to fly over to that one.
Personally, for my money (which is scarce) It'd be hard to beat a free month long stay at Bodhinyanarama or a free 10 day Goenka course at Kaukapakapa. (dana and airfares being the only expense) Simple economics unfortunately.
"And so, because this Teaching is so different from what Westerners are accustomed to, they will try to adapt the Teaching to their own framework. What they need to learn to do is not to adapt the Teaching to their own point of view but to adapt their own point of view to the Teaching. This is called saddhá, or faith, and it means giving oneself to the Teaching even if the Teaching is contrary to one’s own preconceived notions of the way things are."- Ven BodhesakoNanavira Thera's teachings - An existential approach to the Dhamma
| Ven. Bodhesako's essay on anicca