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3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ? - Dhamma Wheel

3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

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konchokzopa
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3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

Postby konchokzopa » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:01 pm

Hi, its been two and half weeks since i sent the application letter to Pa Auk Forest Monastery for 3 month meditation retreat.

I know that it takes time but if for some reason i cant go there i wanna look for alternatives where you can do samatha practice in retreat conditions for 3 months. i would like intensive meditation retreat so that the time is used to fullest and nothing goes to waste.

can you list here monasteries or meditation centers all over the world wherever where you can do 3 month long shamatha meditation retreat, as much meditation in a day as possible.

thanks. :anjali:

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Bhikkhu Pesala
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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:15 pm

Samatha centres are rather less common than vipassanā centres.

There are many places to go to practice vipassanā for 3 months or more, but you will still have to wait for a visa to get to Burma — Thailand is easier.

My knowledge is too out of date now to recommend the best centres to apply to.
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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

Postby reflection » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:50 pm

You can probably do it in many monasteries, but a lot like it if they already know you. For them of course it is also a sort of 'risk' to take a person they totally don't know in for three months. But, there will be jobs in most if not all monasteries but I don't think they will be detrimental to the practice - I'd say it's quite the opposite even. For one thing, jobs can also be done in meditation.

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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

Postby bluppy » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:19 am


konchokzopa
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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:17 pm

ive tried to call the monastery many times but nobody never answers the phone there.

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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

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Re: 3 month meditation retreat ( samatha ) where ?

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:58 pm

hmm. ill make a new thread asking for places for vipassana retreat.


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