Upcoming Programs

In-house meditation programs

Next Beginners meditation class on Saturday, July 17th 2-4 pm

Next Day of Mindfulness July 24th 9am-4.30 pm

Next in-house retreat August 6-8th

Labor Day weekend retreat, Sept. 3rd-6th

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: info@lionwisdom.org

 

                                                   

 

 

Online programs

Every Sunday Dhamma talks/guided meditation on Zoom at 2 pm EST

Sutta Study and Meditation every week on Wednesday, 07:00 PM EST

Both sessions have this same meeting code/link: 

https://zoom.us/j/173871996 ;  

Passcode:   metta (lower case letter)

Zoom Dhamma Talks & Sutta Study Sessions

Below are the links to these talks and meditations on YouTube.

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July 14th, Sutta Study, The Cessation of Craving/Suffering with guided meditation: https://youtu.be/YVYlE1WTqJk

July 7th, Sutta Study, The Origins of Craving/Suffering with guided meditation:https://youtu.be/hPLreu_C4sc

July 1st, The Buddha’s first sermon, Dhammacakkappavattana suttahttps://youtu.be/FVfGUr-AcFA

June 30th,  Contemplation of Dhamma, Four Noble Truths with guided meditation: https://youtu.be/zHp-rHAV0lE

June 23rd, Seven Factors of Enlightenment with guided meditation: https://youtu.be/OqIFoZPiHOo

June 20th, Anicca, Dukkha,Anatta with guided meditation: https://youtu.be/m5QV2SlA3PM

June 16th, Consciousness and the six sense bases with guided meditation:https://youtu.be/eDTv1R-0auQ

June 13th, Talk on Poson Poya, Beginning of Buddhism in Sri Lanka:https://youtu.be/-yEa2xAB6Wc

June 9th, Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Contemplation of Dhamma; guided meditation:https://youtu.be/cWEfXAdTg8M

June 5th, Dhp verses on The Path and guided meditation:https://youtu.be/IPoHs10d0r4

June 2nd, Talk on the meaning of Vesak: https://youtu.be/4Xuh9EDH0RI

May 19th, Feelings, birthplace of the world: https://youtu.be/wcfHE_wKQWs

May 12th, Mahasatipatthana, section on Death and Decomposition of the body: https://youtu.be/wvVtXvCoPa8

May 9th, Dhammapada verses and guided meditation: https://youtu.be/kYqB-SatRHI

 

More Zoom Recordings

Meditation programs with Bhante Rahula

 Next Day of Mindfulness will be July 24th, 9am- 5 pm. Lunch will be provided. Please register by e-mail: info@lionwisdom.org
 
Weekend retreat August 6th-8th
This Mindfulness retreat is good for persons looking for a short first time retreat or as a meditation ‘battery recharge’.
Please register for either  DOMs or Retreats to: info@lionwisdom.org
 
Labor Day  long weekend Vipassana retreat September 3rd-6th.
This retreat will begin on Friday evening Sept. 3rd and finish on Monday noon with lunch. Please register.

Description of our Meditation programs

Days of Mindfulness (DOM). 

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. 

 

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.

We will have a Weekend  Mindfulness retreat August 6th-8th.

There will also be a Holiday retreat over Labor Day weekend Friday September3rd-Monday September 6th.

Both of these retreats are suitable for both beginners and anyone needing a ‘Mindfulness battery charge’.

Register by e-mail for these retreats: info@lionwisdom.org

The next Beginner’s In-House Meditation Class will be on Saturday, July 17th 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 info@lionwisdom.org 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. 

 

 

 

Self Retreats

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. 

Amanda Huron

A Self Retreat at the Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center

A self-meditation retreat here can be from two days to a week or more depending on variable factors.  This is a mindfulness meditation center and one’s practice should center around the practice of Mindfulness meditation. A prospective self-retreatants should describe their personal practice and what they expect from their retreat. A person should inform us of any medical conditions/medications that may affect their stay here.

A bed in a single room or a dorm room in our house or a single room in our separate retreat building could be available. Though a few of the retreat building rooms are still under construction until mid-late summer.

The resident monk/teacher, Bhante Rahula has an hour long group meditation in the meditation hall at 6 am and 7 pm each day that guests are expected to join. He would also be available for personal interview or guidance on their meditation practice. They can also participate in our other regular meditation/Dhamma teaching sessions in house or over Zoom.

Breakfast and lunch are provided;  no meal is served in the evening. A person can bring some nutritional drink or the equivalent for the late afternoon evening if needed.

Self-retreatants would be expected to help for an hour or so with  house cleaning chores or outdoor work.

The rest of one’s time should be spent in more individual practice.

To maintain a supportive and harmonious atmosphere here at the center

the following guidelines should be followed while here on self- retreat.

 

Refrain from killing any living creature

Refrain from taking what is not given

Refrain from any sexual activity

Refrain from false speech or loud boisterous talking

Refrain from consuming any intoxicating drinks or drugs

Refrain from wearing skimpy revealing clothing or perfumed cosmetics

 

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: info@lionwisdom.org

 

 

The recordings from the Thanksgiving retreat are available at these links:

Individual video link ~
Day 1 Morning Instruction https://youtu.be/IKZ4BJn36Ao
Day 1 Dhamma Talk, QnA & Meditation  https://youtu.be/-awno_DoBB4
Day 2 Dhamma Talk & Meditation https://youtu.be/iHyBcdeZV9Y
Day 2 QnA Session on 4 Jhanas https://youtu.be/YwaIVn2SkYE
Day 3 ClosingTalk on Eightfold Path & Guided Meditation https://youtu.be/xMHAHyc0ez4

 

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by  Bhante Yogavacara Rahula