Meditation Retreat with Bhikkhu Bodhi and Bhante Sati

This is the Triple Gem Residential Meditation Retreat. Bhante Sati will lead this meditation retreat with guest teacher Bhikkhu Bodhi, by discussing the Buddha’s teachings and practices on purifying the mind. These teachings offer insight and methods on how to purify the mind and support one to live a healthy and peaceful lifestyle.

We want you to commit for the entire retreat.

Bhikkhu Bodhi 

Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972).

Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.

He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000), and In the Buddha’s Words (2005).

In May 2000 he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on its first official celebration of Vesak (the day of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away). He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently resides at Chuang Yen Monastery and teaches there and at Bodhi Monastery. He is currently the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation.

Bhikkhu Bodhi will give two talks each day based on the Buddhist Suttas, and he will lead a Q&A session once each day.

Date: Thursday, 2018 May 17th at 5:00 pm till Sunday, May 20th at 5pm

Location: Metta Meditation Center
3864 420th Avenue
Janesville, MN 56048

Registration: Meditation Center hold up to 40 people. Registration is required by April 1st 2018. ( Regular TGN retreat attendees will have priority to attend to this retreat)

Food: Vegetarian breakfast and lunch will be provided. We are looking for a group of lay followers who would volunteer to offer lunch and breakfast (dana) for all days. There may be days where meals may need to be prepared in the house in which case a fully stocked kitchen is available onsite. You are welcome to participate in such events. Meals will not be provided after noon but you are welcome to bring any snacks to share. However, if for any (medical) reason you need to take meals, you may bring your own food items in a container with your name clearly marked on it. Please beware that we have limited refrigerator space.

Cost: Suggested donation based on the cost of this retreat

Single room *$300 /**$310 (Only four rooms available)
Sharing room with someone *$230/**$240 (some one in same gender or family member)
(sharing room with same gender or own family member)

Booking a Hermitage $400 ( Only three hermitages are available)

Also camping available for $150 ( You have to bring your own camping gear)

* This donation covers all expenses for lodgings, foods, guest teachers traveling and all other expenses.  This does not include any donation for the teachers which can be provided with your initial donation, or on Sunday on at the end of the retreat.  This retreat abides by the spirit of dana; after covering costs, all remaining funds will be added to Triple Gem Retreat Center funds.

** Suggested additional donation if interested in helping to fund an on-going scholarship fund for this retreat.  This fund creates the chance for an individual with financial hardship the opportunity to attend a retreat.  Additional donations are greatly appreciated and needed, if your donation is greater than the suggested amounts, please indicate if the difference is for the general fund or the scholarship fund.

Scholarships for this retreat may be available, please see Retreat Scholarship Fund for more information.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on same gender. If you have any preference of a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

Additional Ways to Support the Retreat: We believe these teachings are extremely valuable, thus assigning a value to these teachings is an impossible task. There are many opportunities open to practice your generosity by making a donation to the Metta Meditation Center at the end of the retreat, a donation to support the teacher, or towards the costs of the retreat for others(such as meals, traveling expenses for the teacher, and basic accommodation needs). Also prior to the retreat, participants and the community members of TGN have the opportunity to make a donation to be used for the cost of the retreat.
It is an ancient Buddhist tradition for the community to joyfully support/nourish/feed people, especially monks and whoever engages in intensive spiritual practice, thereby practicing good effort. Therefore, we present you with the opportunity to practice your good effort, by sponsoring a meal or meals for monks, retreat participants or for all parties during the retreat. Monetary donations can be presented in-person at the Monks Residence, by mail, or via internet. Please send your donations by mail to:212 N Chestnut St, Chaska MN 55318. Please make checks payable to Triple Gem Of The North. You can also leave a donation during our weekly meditation classes, in the envelope/dana basket labeled “for retreat groceries.”
Register Now Call us at (612) 216 4854 or email us at [email protected]

Thursday, May 17th
4:30 pm Registration
5:15 pm Tea
6:00 pm Instruction by a teacher
7:00 pm Sitting Meditation
8:00 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of Day

Sample of typical schedule for each day of retreat
5:00 am Sitting Meditation
5:30 am Mindful stretch (Buddhist Yoga)
6:30 am Group Meditation
7:00 am Breakfast and Cleaning
8:30 am Walking Meditation
9:00 am Teaching
10:00 am Group Meditation (Walking/Sitting)
11:15 am Lunch
12:00 pm Personal Time
2:00 pm Teaching
3:00 pm Group Meditation (Walking /Sitting/ Interviews)
4:00 pm Yoga
5:00 pm Tea and Snack
6:00 pm Group Meditation
7:00 pm Dhamma Talk
8:30 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of the day

May 20th  After Lunch
1:00pm Teaching (Q&A)
2:00 pm Walking/sitting Meditation
3:00pm Cleanup
4:00 pm Teachings
5:00 pm End