Meditation programs with Bhante Rahula
The next Beginner’s In-House Meditation Class will be on Saturday, May 22nd from 2-4.30 pm. This class is intended for those fairly new to meditation or those who do not meditate regularly. It will include a short talk, a short session of yoga stretches, a 30 minute guided sitting meditation followed by standing and walking awareness, and ending with a short Q&A session.
The days and times of this class may change, so be sure to check the website for an updated schedule. Because of the ongoing Pandemic we will limit participation to 8 persons to maintain safe distancing, and wearing masks. Please let us know by e-mail at email@example.com if you wish to join this class.
Afternoon Intensives will be held for more experienced meditators every other Saturday from 2-4.30 pm (except during weekend retreats). The A.I.’s are geared for experienced meditators who do not need any instructions or guidance. People can sit or walk as long as they like with no bells. Tea is available and interviews with Bhante Rahula may be available.
The next A.I. will be on May 15th 2-4.30 pm
Vesak and Memorial Day Retreat
There will be an in-house 5 day meditation retreat here at LOW starting Wednesday evening May 26th to Monday noon May 31st.
Wednesday, May 26th is the Vesak Full moon so is an appropriate way to start a long holiday weekend retreat.
Camping on our grounds is encouraged for those wanting more seclusion.
Participation will be limited to12 persons with prior retreat experience.
Participants should have the Covid-19 vaccination(s) or a negative covid test to have a safer environment.
We now offer a space for doing a Self retreat for experienced meditators, to come for between two-seven days outside of organized retreats, here at our center. A meditator recently did so and offers her experience here for those who might be needing some time for oneself in a conducive environment.
“This summer I spent a few days on a “self-retreat” at Lion of Wisdom. The mechanics of it went like this. I slept out in a tent under the trees and stars. Every day I got up at 5:00, drank a cup of tea, and did morning yoga with Bhante Rahula. Then we sat for an hour, then ate breakfast, and then I spent the rest of the day meditating on my own time and in my own way. I would sit in the meditation hall, or do walking meditation inside or out, or sit outside in a little mosquito netting meditation tent. I’d drink more tea here and there. We ate lunch in the middle of the day. Then in the evening Bhante would lead me in another yoga session, followed by another hour of sitting together, and then it was time for bed.
On a formal retreat, your days tend to be pretty structured, and you’re given instructions in what to do. Formal retreats are invaluable. But it’s a really cool and interesting practice to try to structure your own day of meditation, which is what you have to do on a self-retreat. You realize you need to pay close attention to your instincts, so you know what feels like the right thing to do in each moment, and then commit to doing that thing. This can require a more subtle awareness of what’s going on in your mind than when you are simply following someone else’s instructions. It’s a really cool thing to watch and act on, and I think it probably helps your awareness develop beyond the days you are on retreat.
I am really grateful for these days of self-retreat at Lion of Wisdom. Especially now, when so many meditation centers are closed down because of coronavirus, it was so great to be able to go sit somewhere that was not my apartment, and to be in a space dedicated to meditation, designed to helping me fully dedicate myself to meditation. If you have a couple days to spare, I highly recommend it.
If you would like to come for a self-retreat of between 2-7 days (perhaps longer) send an e-mail request to Bhante Rahula at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The DOMs, Days of Mindfulness will begin again when the Pandemic social distancing guidelines are relaxed further.
Three types of meditation sessions/retreats normally offered here at the Pannasiha/ Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center.
Days of Mindfulness (DOM). Note; The DOM’s are suspended until further notice.
These typically are held on one or two Saturdays per month. They begin at 9 am and finish at 4.30 pm; they are geared towards relative beginners with some light yoga stretches, instruction/guided meditation and a Dhamma talk. More experienced meditators are also welcome. Bring a bag lunch or veg. pot luck dish to share.
Two or three day retreats.
These will usually begin on a Friday night with a DOM on Saturday and continue until 4pm the next day or an additional day. People must register for staying overnight as dorm type sleeping accommodation is limited. People living nearby have option to go home in evening and come back next morning; breakfast and lunch will be provided. People are expected to observe the monastic rule of not eating solid food afternoon; No evening meals will be served. However, persons with medical need can bring there own snack supplement. No cooking is allowed but a microwave may be available to warm up soup etc.
People should inform us of this need.
Things to bring with you: Sleeping bag or bed sheets, pillow case, personal towel, yoga mat if you have one, house slippers and refillable water bottle.
There is no charge for any of these programs but donations are gratefully accepted, as this center exists solely on donations to support this service.
The recordings from the Thanksgiving retreat are available at these links:
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