We’ve had a lot of new faces recently at The Meditation Circle, including many folks new to Buddhist meditation practice. If you’re a newcomer with a strong interest in deepening your practice, we highly recommend you check out the Introduction to Meditation retreat at the Bhavana Society Buddhist monastery and retreat center in Hampshire County, W.Va., near Wardensville. This 5-night retreat takes place Friday, June 24 to Wednesday, June 29, 2011, and will be led by the Buddhist monk Ven. Olande Ananda. IMPORTANT NOTE: Alas, after checking this out, I note that the retreat is currently full for men, but it is possible to get on a waiting list. There is still space for women. If interested, sign up soon as may be. Bhavana retreats fill up quickly as you can see here at their full 2011 retreat schedule. The Bhavana website describes the Introduction to Meditation retreat this way:
These retreats are for those new to meditation or who want to learn about meditation. There will be instruction and assistance with sitting and walking meditation and a brief introduction to Buddhism. The schedule is less rigorous, and guided meditations will be given. People of all faiths are welcome to come to any of our retreats. You should be aware, though, that the Bhavana Society is a Buddhist Monastery and you may see customs and traditions you are not familiar with. Feel free to ask questions. We want you to feel comfortable here. We only ask that you behave in a respectful manner.
This was an excellent retreat. All of the talks by Bhante Olande Ananda were recorded and will be posted on his website (http://www.olandeananda.org/) and on http://www.dharmaseed.org/. The retreat code should be posted on the Bhavana Society website once they have it. The talks mostly covered various meditation techniques including walking, standing, anapanasadhi, metta, and choiceless awareness.
As a side note, I just now discovered this meditation group. I will put it on my calendar to attend when I can, but my Tuesday evenings are tied up for the next couple of months.
— With metta
Would love to have you when your schedule frees up! With metta, Douglas
The evening talks focused on the Four Noble Truths, Paramis, and some differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddism.