For those interested in a formal introduction to meditation in a retreat setting, the Bhavana Society Therevadan Buddhist Monastery and retreat center in High View, W.Va., is offering an “Introduction to Meditation” retreat for beginners, led by Bhante Seelananda, from Thursday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 21.
Registration for Bhavana retreats opens 30 days before they begin, which should be Monday, July 18. Bhavana retreats fill fast, so if interested consider registering as soon after midnight as July 18 dawns as possible.
Bhavana retreats are offered in the traditional fashion of Buddhist teachings— free. But as the monastery survives entirely on donations (or ‘dana‘ to use the Pali term), donations are welcome to help keep the place going.
The Bhavana Society Theravada Buddhist Monastery near High View, W.Va., in Hampshire County, has announced its retreat schedule for 2016 on the monastery’s website. Retreat sign-ups begin 30 days before a retreat begins and you are encouraged to sign up quickly as Bhavana retreats are attended by people from around the country and world and fill up fast. There is no charge for retreats, in the spirit of Buddhist traditions that sees teachings as given freely because they are considered priceless. But dana — generosity — is always welcome as Bhavana survives entirely upon the generosity of its supporters and visitors.
The Introduction to Meditation retreat, Thursday, March 24 to Sunday, March 27 is open for registrations, but only for women, as all the spots for men have been filled. Here is the schedule for the year:
WHO: Lama Kathy Wesley (Gyurme Chötsö) WHAT: “Guidebook to Compassion: The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva” WHEN: Nov. 3-4, 2012 WHERE: Saranam, a secluded retreat house on a hilltop just north of Elkins, W.Va.
DETAILS: The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is a classic treasury of Mahayana advice by the Tibetan Buddhist master Ngulchu Thogme. In these 37 four-line verses, Thogme describes how a bodhisattva — a being in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition committed to attaining enlightenment for the benefit of suffering beings — would train in the path of sacred selflessness. His text begins with the bodhisattva’s lofty aspiration to benefit others, then works through the Six Perfections (generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom), which are the actions that bring about a bodhisattva’s enlightenment. Along the way, Thogme describes how a bodhisattva would respond to disappointment, loss, theft, personal injury, insult, and other painful problems of the human condition. The advice challenges our deeply-held self-centered beliefs and shows us the new possibilities opened by a life lived in the condition of love. Continue reading Area Retreats: Lama Kathy at Saranam near Elkins, W.Va.→
A meditation group in the Buddhist insight tradition, based in Charleston, W.Va.