Retreats

Feb 24- 27 Silent Retreat with Khenmo Drolma (online)

Shravasti Retreats explore Calm Abiding Meditation, Insight Meditation and Bodhicitta (Loving Kindness and compassion) practice using the Sutra on Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutra) as taught by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche in a system he designed for 21st century practitioners. With the framework of the Sutra on Mindfulness of Breathing and supported with energy practices from Tibetan Yogas, Tai Chi and Qigong. This system of practice integrates  body mind understandings from all the traditions of Buddhism.

In silent retreat, Dharma becomes a lived experience and insights take root in the confidence of our own direct experience.” —Khenmo Drolma

Registration

Please register using the Registration Form for our Virtual Sangha, found here.

You will receive zoom codes and access to the resource page the week of the retreat.

  • Retreat schedule and Liturgy
  • Additional Shravasti Meditation resources
  • General retreat instructions to help you prepare.

What to Expect on Retreat

During the retreat, Khenmo gives an introduction to each session with an overall focus on a specific Dharma topic or meditation training. each month.  Retreatants work with training videos of HH Drikung Kyabgon teaching the Six Yogas with detailedsubtle instructions. 

Each Shravasti retreat you attend helps to build new practice skills and supports confidence in our direct experiential understanding. 

Daily Schedule

The structure is four, two- hour meditation sessions a day with a generous break for meals and walking practice. We begin with an evening practice Thursday and conclude in the early morning Sunday. There will be an optional discussion Sunday afternoon.

Retreats begin with a Dharma Talk on the evening before the first full day. with and end with an early morning meditation on the final day. An optional question and answer/discussion session follows the retreat.

Ongoing Shravasti Practice with Sangha:

After your first Shravasti Retreat, you are welcome join to a weekly Shravasti practice 6:30- 8:30 am on Friday mornings.

Donations

While the teachings are offered freely, participants are invited to offer “dana,” an ancient Pali word, meaning generosity, giving, or gift. Dana is not at all like paying for a class. Rather, it is understanding that we treasure and benefit from the Dharma, and desire to bring the same benefit to others. Thus, we support monastics who dedicate their lives to teaching the Dharma, and the administration operations creating our practice and study opportunity. Further, when we offer dana to Abbesses, Rinpoches, and other teachers, our donations are not to an individual person. Instead, our donations support nunneries and monasteries, the resident monastics, and all their future programs, activities, and Dharma offerings. This carries immeasurable be blessings as we become a part of offering the healing medicine of the Dharma.

“Giving is good, dear one. Even when one has little, giving is good. An offering given from what little one has is worth a thousand times its value.”
—Buddha

You may to VDN directly donate through PayPal

OR, by mailing a check/money order to:

Vajra Dakini Nunnery

PO Box 6135

Falmouth, ME 04105