Weekend Retreat

Goal

LEARNING
Through studying the truth you will know what to practice and what to avoid.
REFLECTING
Logic thinking repeatedly to verify and strengthen awareness of truth,
then you deepen and integrate the method into your daily life.
PRACTICING
Make progress step-by-step. Such as Giving, being a volunteer, share and meditation etc. Diligently practice moral conduct, mental discipline, and wisdom through learning, reflecting and practicing.

Content

  • Prayers
  • Breathing Exercise
  • Dharma Study
  • Meditation Guidance
  • Taichi Practice
  • Lotus Movements
Content
  • Prayers
  • Breathing Exercise
  • Dharma Study
  • Meditation Guidance
  • Taichi Practice
  • Lotus Movements
Harmony Agreement
All who attend retreats should follow the five harmony agreement duration the retreats:

  • to abstain from killing any being;
  • to abstain from stealing;
  • to abstain from all sexual activity;
  • to abstain from telling lies;
  • to abstain from all intoxicants.
    There are three additional precepts which experienced students (who have completed a retreat with Bodhisattva Nature Foundation) are expected to follow during the retreat:
  • to abstain from eating after midday;
  • to abstain from sensual entertainment and bodily decorations;
  • to abstain from using high or luxurious beds.

The teacher may excuse an experienced student from observing sixth precept for health reasons.

Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique
Willing to comply fully and for the duration of the course with the teacher’s guidance and instructions; that is, to observe the discipline and to learn as the teacher asks, without ignoring any part of the instructions, nor adding anything to them.
This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission.
Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly.
Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation and retreat.

Acceptance of the Teacher and the Technique
Willing to comply fully and for the duration of the course with the teacher’s guidance and instructions; that is, to observe the discipline and to learn as the teacher asks, without ignoring any part of the instructions, nor adding anything to them.
This acceptance should be one of discrimination and understanding, not blind submission.
Only with an attitude of trust can a student work diligently and thoroughly.
Such confidence in the teacher and the technique is essential for success in meditation and retreat.
Separation of Men and Women
Complete segregation of men and women is to be maintained. Couples, married or otherwise, should not contact each other in any way during the course. The same applies to friends, members of the same family, etc.
Those with heart disease or other diseases, please follow your doctor’s suggestions; People with infectious diseases are not allowed to participate.
Intoxicants and Drugs
No drugs, alcohol, or other intoxicants should be brought to the site; this also applies to tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and all other sedatives. Those taking medicines or drugs on a doctor’s prescription should notify the teacher.
Tobacco
For the health and comfort of all students, smoking, chewing tobacco, and taking snuff are not permitted at the course.
Food
It is not possible to satisfy the special food preferences and requirements of all the people. Students are therefore kindly requested to make do with the simple vegetarian meals provided. The course management endeavors to prepare a balanced, wholesome menu suitable for retreat. If any students have been prescribed a special diet because of ill-health, they should inform the management at the time of application.
Tobacco
For the health and comfort of all students, smoking, chewing tobacco, and taking snuff are not permitted at the course.
Food
It is not possible to satisfy the special food preferences and requirements of all the people. Students are therefore kindly requested to make do with the simple vegetarian meals provided. The course management endeavors to prepare a balanced, wholesome menu suitable for retreat. If any students have been prescribed a special diet because of ill-health, they should inform the management at the time of application.
Clothing
Dress should be simple, modest, and comfortable.
Laundry and Bathing
Bathing and laundry may be done only in the break periods and not during class hours.
Cellphone
In order to pay more attention to our minds, no cellphones during class hours.
No talking and keep silent during
retreat.
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