Nurturing Relationship Skills – Feb 20-23

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A Residential Retreat

When: February 20-23 (Thursday 5 pm- Sunday 3pm)

We have many kinds of relationships like, our family relationships, friendships, acquaintanceships and romantic relationships. They have the power to impact the quality of our lives; some relationships are emotionally and physically abusive, makes us feel emotionally drained and some relationships gives us energy and makes us feel incandescently happy.

Bhante Sathi will lead this retreat discussing Buddha’s teachings and many Eastern practices about developing and preserving relational health. Also, Buddhist teaching on using different techniques on healing relational wounds will be shared. These skills will assist us in reshaping our ways and attitudes and will allow us to live a blissful and joyous life.  (Registration will end on January 25, 2020)

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

Registration: Register Here

(Regular TGN retreat attendees will have priority to attend to this retreat).

About the Teacher

Sathi was ordained at age 19 in the Theravada tradition in his native country of Sri Lanka. He became Bhikku (an ordained monk) and practiced as a monk for several years, and counseled many people from many walks of life using Buddhist teachings.

In 2003 he made Minnesota his home where, with the support of friends, as a meditation teacher, he founded Triple Gem of the North in Minnesota.

He shares Mindfulness and meditation techniques, Metta practices, and Buddha’s teachings across the USA as well as being invited as a guest teacher for retreats around the world including Singapore, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Food: Vegan 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 retreat center in which case a full kitchen is available onsite for use. You are welcome to participate in such events. Meals will not be provided afternoon but you are welcome to bring 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 donations covers only the cost of this retreat (Logging/ food)

Single room *$280 (Only four rooms available)
Sharing a room with someone *$240 (someone of the same gender or a family member)

* This fee covers all expenses for lodgings, foods, guest teachers traveling and all other expenses.  This does not include any donations from the teachers. If you wish to contribute to the teacher’s donations feel free to add this to your initial donation or provide it separately at the end of the retreat on Sunday.  This retreat abides by the spirit of dana; after covering costs and a donation to the teacher, all remaining donations will be added to the Metta Meditation Center fundraising account.

Consider adding $5 or $10 to your donation to help fund the retreat scholarship fund. 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 funds or for the scholarship fund.

Scholarships for this retreat may be available, please contact Bhante Sati for more information.

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

Attendance: Retreat participants are strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exception to this is granted only with the teacher’s pre-permission.

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 practicing 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, travel 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 during this retreat.

It is an ancient Buddhist tradition for the community to joyfully support/nourish/feed people; especially monks and whoever engages in the 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 the 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.”


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Retreat Agenda

5:00 pm Check in
5:30 pm Snack and Tea
6:30 pm Instruction by a teacher/ Meditation
7:30 pm Commitment (Observing Precepts)
8:00 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of Day

Each full day of the retreat
6:00 am Mindful stretch (Buddhist Yoga)
7:00 am Group Meditation
7:30 am Breakfast and Cleaning
8:30 am Walking Meditation
9:00 am Teaching
10:00 am Group Meditation (Walking/Sitting)
12:00 am Lunch
1:00 pm Personal Time
2:00 pm Teaching Q&A
3:00 pm Group Meditation (Walking /Sitting/ Interviews)
4:00 pm Yoga
5:15 pm self Investigation
6:00 pm Tea and Snack
7:00 pm Group Meditation
7:30 pm Dhamma Talk (Insight into Buddha’s teachings)
8:15 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of the day

Sunday  After Lunch
1:00pm Cleanup
2:00 pm Teachings
3:00 pm End

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