Prerequisite: Enrollment in the DPP 5 program.
The Dedicated Practitioners' Program (DPP 5) is designed to support serious practitioners of Insight Meditation (Vipassana) in expanding understanding of the dharma and strengthening practice. Structured as an intensive 2-year lay practice period, DPP 5 offers a comprehensive curriculum of the Buddha's teachings.
In addition to 5 training retreats, participants commit to maintaining their own practice, working with the monthly study and practice homework, maintaining contact with their interview teacher and meeting monthly with a study/practice partner. Portions of these retreats, including some meal times, are not in silence.
"Supported by the ongoing generosity of our sangha, we have the good fortune to begin construction in the spring of 2014 on our lower campus for a permanent Community Hall and support buildings. Our upper campus, where your residential retreat occurs, is not part of the construction.
While some ambient machinery noise may travel, it will not be continuous or nearby. Construction will take place during business work hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm) and Spirit Rock will be open throughout construction. Conditions for meditation practice are rarely perfect and environmental sounds are just another subject for our mindful attention. Teachers will give guidance on how to use it as a basis for your practice. Thank you for supporting our efforts and continuing your practicing at Spirit Rock during this time. We look forward to supporting you on retreat."
~ Spirit Rock Teachers Council
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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.