Residential Meditation Retreat

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This is the Triple Gem Residential Meditation Retreat. Bhante Sathi will lead this meditation retreat 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.
Meditation is mind culture. We use Buddhas teachings bring more depth in to our self.

We want you to commit for the entire retreat.

Date: Thursday, 2017 October 12th at 5:00 pm till Sunday, October15th at 5pm

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

Registration: The Meditation Center hold up to 25 people.

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: Triple Gem has to pay for the facility for each person in attendance.  The suggested donations are:

Single room *$250 /**$260
Sharing room with someone *$180/**$185
(sharing room with same gender or own family member)

Booking a Hermitage $320 ( Only three hermitages are available)

* This donation covers the accommodations and other monetary expenses incurred by Triple Gem for this retreat.  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 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, October 12th
4:30 pm Registration
5:15 pm Tea
6:00 pm Instruction/Teaching for Retreat
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/Instruction
10:00 am Group Meditation (Walking/Sitting)
11:15 am Lunch
12:00 pm Personal Time
2:00 pm Teaching (Q&A)
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 (Q&A)*
7:45pm Sitting meditation
8:30 pm Guided discussion
9:30 pm End of the day

October 15th  After Lunch
1:00pm Teaching (Q&A)
2:00 pm Walking/sitting Meditation
3:00pm Cleanup
4:00 pm Teachings
5:00 pm End