A Shravasti Retreat is a life changing experience: fully immerse yourself in mindfulness from dawn to dusk and watch peace of mind dawn within.

Sept 15 – Sept 24, 2024 Pilgrim Lodge West Gardiner, Maine

“Meditation is not easy. You should start with calm-abiding to stabilize your mind and, if possible, attend a Shravasti Meditation retreat, not only to receive teachings, but to whole-heartedly engage in meditation practice and increase your ability to stabilize your mind. The Shravasti Meditation is an integrated meditation approach that relies directly on the Buddha’s words as the source of instruction. It is based on the Anapanasati Sutta (Discourse on Mindfulness of Breathing).”   — HHDKCR    

 

“Through extensive meditation training and holding silent contemplation throughout the day, our undistracted minds reveal their natural warmth and wisdom. We move gradually from states of confusion to inherent wisdom. You may not fully understand all of the subtle levels of meditation instructions at first, but if you commit to fully engaging with your heart and mind, you will set into motion a life-long path of practice that has the potential to expand as you grow in understanding.”   — Khenmo Drolma

The Shravasti curriculum is a nondenominational, nonsectarian Buddhist meditation system suitable for non-Buddhists as well. Ideally, it is a 10-day residential immersion into progressive stages of meditation. In such a setting, students immerse themselves in a strict schedule, experiencing the meditation from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM. This is a traditional retreat schedule such as you would find in 3-year retreats. Students keep the monastic practice of not taking an evening meal, as it leads to better concentration. Each morning begins with reading the Sutra on Awareness of Breathing, yogic exercises, and meditation. There are five meditation sessions each day structured around the Sutra’s 16 contemplations on breath practice, along with 45 minutes of walking meditation in the early afternoon. One or more Dharma talks per day provide insight into the subtlety of Buddha’s instructions. The focus on the meditation practice for 10 days provides a thorough foundation for continued practice. The Shravasti system is intended to be a complete practice path.

 

The Shravasti curriculum integrates the traditional Buddhist fundamentals of Calm Abiding and Insight Meditation, commentary from both ancient scriptures and Kagyu Masters, ancient yogic practices of somatic learning and walking meditation. It is for new and continuing students, with key instructions for all practitioners to clarify and deepen their practice. The curriculum is designed to offer each student the rare opportunity to deepen familiar practices of concentration and compassion and develop new levels of understanding through Khenmo’s instruction and concentrated times for sitting, walking, eating, and resting meditation.

Daily Schedule

4:30

Wake up

5:00 – 6:00

Shravasti Yogas

6:00 – 7:00

Breakfast

7:00 – 8:00

Meditation

15 min

Bathroom / Tea

8:15 – 9:15

Dharma Talk

15 min

Bathroom / Tea

9:30 – 10:30

Meditation

15

Bathroom / Tea

10:45 – 11:45

Meditation

12:00 – 3:00

Lunch & Rest

3:00 – 4:15

Meditation

15 min

Bathroom / Tea

4:30 – 5:30

Walking Meditation

15 min

Bathroom / Tea

5:45 – 7:00

Meditation

7:00 – 8:00

Light Medicine Meal or Drinks

8:00 – 9:00

Meditation

9:30

Lights out

Registration for 10-Day Retreat

We are thrilled that you are interested in joining us in this beautiful setting in Maine to deeply settle your mind and learn about how meditation contributes to understanding, befriending, and stabilizing peace.

We are requiring a deposit of $500 by May 1st. The non-refundable balance of $508 is due on September 1st.

By registering, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood the What to Expect section about the retreat.

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