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Prerequisite: Participants must have attended at least one 5-day residential retreat in Vipassana prior to this retreat.
PLEASE NOTE: Retreatants are required to keep 8 Precepts, or 7 Precepts if not taking the 6th Precept for the entire length of this retreat. The 8 Precepts are listed at the bottom of this description. For those who choose not to keep the 6th Precept, a light supper will be available.
Come home to the natural luminosity of the mind, to true peace and equanimity, not to be found in the mid-region between life's extremes. On and off the cushion, our natural resting place is accessed through living the Middle Way, beyond stress, beyond turbulence, beyond boredom. Explore how the Middle Way emerges in real contexts as the path to freedom and contentment with the way things are.
The framework of the Precepts, Noble Silence, chanting and simple ceremonies will provide a monastic container to hold and inspire us during this retreat.
Spirit Rock offers this retreat on a dana basis. The word "dana" means generosity and simply translates into a heartfelt donation. At the end of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer dana donations in three categories: to support the retreat teachers, to support the retreat cooks and retreat managers, and to the Fund for Spirit Rock so that we can continue to offer a yearly monastic retreat on a dana basis. (A retreat of this length would normally have a minimum price of $550.) We invite you to give what is appropriate for you.
Although there is no retreat fee, a $150 deposit is required to register for the retreat. Registrants who cancel within four weeks of the retreat start date will not receive a refund of their deposit. Registrants who attend the retreat may request a refund of the deposit after the retreat is over.
We hope that a dana approach will make our monastic retreats accessible to more people, and that a cycle of generosity and gratitude will contribute to the sustainability of this offering.
The Eight Precepts:
1. Not intentionally killing or harming any living creatures.
2. Not stealing, or concerning oneself with the possessions of others.
3. Not engaging in sexual activity of any kind.
4. Not lying or using speech harmfully. (On retreat this precept is usually observed as Noble Silence--keeping the silence unless there is a practical necessity to speak.)
5. Not taking intoxicating drink or drugs.
6. Not eating after mid-day. (Optional)*
7. Not seeking amusements or wearing special bodily adornment. (On retreat one dresses and acts in a modest and restrained manner.)
8. Not using sleep indulgently.
*For those who choose not to keep the 6th Precept, a light supper will be available.
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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.