On-Land Retreat

The Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination: Are They Still Applicable?

The Buddha's teachings of the Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination were formulated more than 2600 years ago, in a social environment radically different from that of today’s “Information Age.” Can it be the case that such ancient tools, which were effective and cherished in their own time, are still fully functional and useful in the hyper-connected, fast-paced society of the West in the 21st Century? This retreat will be an opportunity to explore these classical teachings and their related practices, and to discover whether they are indeed effective in illuminating our hearts and minds and in leading us to liberation. During our time together, we will create a monastery environment, offering an opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat. We will all live the monastery life—following the Eight Precepts, taking only what is offered, and reflecting on our every activity as part of our practice. This will include noble silence, morning and evening chanting, stillness and moving meditation, mindful movement sessions, and daily Dhamma talks and teachings. Retreatants are expected to stay for the entire retreat and to participate fully in the retreat schedule, including the daily work period. Please try to avoid booking flights or making other arrangements that will cause you to arrive late or to leave early. If you have any questions or concerns during the retreat, the retreat coordinators and other staff are available to assist you. We look forward to spending this time together. The Eight Precepts Not intentionally taking the life of living creatures. Not taking the possessions of others. Refraining from all sexual activity. Refraining from lying, abusive or malicious speech.* Not taking intoxicating drink or drugs. Not eating after mid-day. Not seeking entertainment, playing radios or musical instruments. And dressing in a modest, unadorned way that does not attract attention. Avoiding over-indulgence in sleep. *On retreat the 4th precept is usually observed as Noble Silence–keeping the silence unless there is a practical necessity to speak. Registration Fee and Cancellation Policy: A minimum $250 registration fee is required to reserve a space in this retreat. This fee will be fully refunded following your attendance at the retreat. A retreat of this length would normally cost $3240. On the last day of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer dana or make offerings in two categories: support for the retreat teachers and support for Spirit Rock. The word "dana" means generosity and simply translates into a heartfelt donation. Your support offered to the teachers and to Spirit Rock will help us continue to offer these types of unique monastic retreats and everything we do here. To read more about the practice of dāna, go to Dāna: The Practice of Generosity.

Teaching Team

Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Nyaniko
Jill Satterfield

Jill Satterfield

Teacher

Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher. She integrates somatic and contemplative psychology with 35 years of Buddhist practice.

With her primary teacher, Ajahn Amaro, Jill was the first to offer mindful movement in silent retreats at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Center over 25 years ago.

Ralph Steele, LMFT

Ralph Steele, LMFT

Teacher

Ralph Steele is a Vietnam combat veteran who ordained in Myanmar and in the Ven. Ajahn Chah Thai-Forest tradition; spearheaded retreats for People of Color at SRMC and IMS. He founded the first "Elizabeth Kubler-Ross" Associate Degree; and the Veteran Meditation Retreat Project. Author: “Tending The Fire”

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