Chi Gong & Mindfulness Retreat

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Chi Gong Retreat with Bhante Kovida

(August 16-18) Friday 7 pm- Sunday 4 pm

Bhante Kovida grew up on the tropical island of Jamaica, West Indies, of Chinese descent. He immigrated to Canada, did some scientific studies, then traveled overland from Europe to India and Nepal, via Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, where he began the study of Indian history and culture, hatha yoga and meditation, and Buddhism. After doing some social development work in Sri Lanka, Bhante Kovida took ordination with Venerable Balangoda Anandamaitreya, a noted scholar, teacher, and meditation practitioner. Since then he has been traveling and sharing the Dhamma in several countries, including SE Asia, UK and Europe, and across Canada.
What one can learn, gain and become!
One can learn the benefits of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in order to overcome dissatisfaction, discontentment, mental – emotional suffering. Also, the appreciation of what is happening in the present moment and the sacredness of silence and nature. One can gain a deeper understanding of the human condition and one-self, so there is less confusion, frustration, fear and anxiety, and more mental stability, patience and empathy in daily life. One can become more confident in dealing with emotions and moods and compulsive thinking, and in dealing with challenging situations and people. You become more responsible for your speech and actions, more calmness, acceptance, and patience instead of reacting constantly and being a slave to craving, frustration, anxiety, and fear.

Date: Friday, 2019 August 16th at 6:00 pm till Sunday, August 18th at 4 pm Location: Metta Meditation Center 3864 420th Avenue Janesville, MN 56048 Registration: Meditation Center holds up to 40 people. Registration is required by July 31th, 2019. ( Regular TGN retreat attendees will have priority to attend to this retreat) Click here to go to the registration page  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 afternoon 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 suggested a donation for a 2-day retreat, meals, and a private room $220 (Pay before July 31 for the discounted price of $180) Donation for a 3-day retreat, meals will be Vegetarian * 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 Metta Meditation Center. ** 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 the 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 the same gender. If you have any preference for 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 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 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 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.” To register please submit the form by July 31 the, or Call us at (612) 216 4854 or email us at [email protected] (We have limited space)

Friday 6:00 pm Registration, tea, and snack. 7:00 pm Introduction, dynamic meditation, and sitting. 8:00 pm Guided Discussion and mindful chanting 9:30 pm End of the day Friday and Saturday, Each full day of the retreat 6:00 am Chi gong movements 6:30 am Group meditation 7:00 am Breakfast and cleaning 8:30 am Walking and nature meditation 9:00 am Teaching 10:00 am Group meditation (walking and sitting) 11:15 am Lunch 12:00 pm Personal time 2:00 pm Chi Gong movements and sitting meditation 3:00 pm Dharma talk 4:00 pm Chi gong movements and walking 5:00 pm Group meditation and interviews 6:00 pm Q & A, Dharma talk 7:00 pm Tea and snack 8:00 pm Guided discussion and mindful chanting 9:30 pm End of day. Sunday  (After Lunch) 1:00 pm Clean up 2:00 pm Teaching Q&A – Sitting Meditation – Interviews 4:00 pm End

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