The Minnesota Buddhist Vihara cordially invites you, your family and friends to come and participate in this Uposatha Meditation Retreat. On Full moon day, lay practitioners have the opportunity to observe the special eight precepts and to acquire merits by performing Dana (Generosity), Sila (Morality) and Bhavana (Meditation). To learn more about the significance of Uposatha Retreat, please click here to read a discourse from the Buddha.
It is said that if we create auspicious conditions in our body and environment, meditation and realization will automatically arise. Open to those with experience with the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations. I will be leading the movement section of this retreat with Sunada on Saturday and wondered if you would mind if I created a FB event invite page for it to get some of my students interested? Sign up for our Mailing List!SUBSCRIBE HERE to receive updates on retreats, classes and special events at Aryaloka Buddhist Center!
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To achieve these transformations, the complete Buddhist path is further broken down into 21 meditations that have the unique power to quickly and easily develop our mental qualities. No matter where one stands on the path, this retreat offers invaluable insights and experience.
Note: On Saturday, August 29 we will have a half-day workshop that will help us have a deeper understanding of the Buddhist philosophy behind these meditations. We put so much energy into having a happy life, but often we feel we are not getting any closer to our goal. A $35 membership covers admission to all drop-in classes & 50% of daycourses & special events. When Max and I began our backpacking adventure in September, we discussed a few goals that we wanted to achieve while during our travels.
We started our journey determined to become creative geniuses through the art of meditation. During one of our diligent meditative periods, Max suggested we do a 24-hour Buddhist meditation retreat in Chiang Mai. I didn't know too much about Buddhism when I signed up for the retreat, but after 24 hours, I am an expert, so here is Nisha's Buddhism 101.
The two monks who guided us through meditation were the happiest little bunnies I've ever met (aside from the elephants I just posted about here). Upon arriving at the meeting point for the retreat, we were given our clothes for the next 24 hours: a white t-shirt that said "mindfulness" in case we forgot the goal of the retreat and a pair of XXXXL linen white pants that the monks marketed as "one size fits all." All ready to attend Diddy's White Party!
After receiving my form-fitting outfit, I walked into a room full of 35 white people intently watching a documentary series featuring an American female monk rambling about the death penalty and the American justice system (mindfulness is the new yoga for white people). After being forced to listen to this nonsense, we had a lovely and friendly young monk give us a two-hour introductory lecture to Buddhism and meditation. After learning some of the core principles and teachings of Buddhism and chanting in the Pali language (a dead language that is the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism), we began our guided meditation. For sitting, the classic pose is crossed-legged sitting Indian style, though many of the monks prefer lotus position or even full lotus position. I obviously did not take these photos because I'm one of the poor fools sitting in this photo, silently suffering.
Walking mediation involves walking extremely slowly, one foot at a time, while verbalizing the steps you take. Finally, lying down was my favorite form of meditating because it is equivalent to sleeping.
In addition to the pain of sitting, one of the difficult aspects of the retreat, at least for me, was not being able to wear shoes indoors. I certainly wasn't the best meditator at the retreat or the practitioner who got the most out of the experience, but I most definitely had the cleanest feet of anyone there.
I'm the one brown person in this photo and the person with the cleanest feet (not pictured). Frenchie clearly did not speak English because he proceeded to lead us in the exact same meditative exercises we had just learned. In all seriousness, if you're someone who holds a lot of stress, you should really consider taking up meditation. It doesn't advertise to go there for Yoga, meditations or Asian treatments, as is the case at other Tenerife centers which have sprung up. Its stage for the most understated Buddhist temple or shrine is in Tenerife North in absolute breath taking country.
This simulation of a 'Buddhist retreat' is a dream sanctuary come true of a magic composition which would look great in a movie or in theater. Notice the divine light where the afternoon sun found a spot to reflect itself within volcanic rocks! Certainly, it seems to be a location which is dedicated to the philosophy and teachings of Buddha despite its nearby bar and restaurant services. Also, contrary to many an Asian Buddhist temple, no luxury, glitter, gold and glamor form part of it.
The Buddhist retreat is very close to the Tenerife beaches Orotava called Playa Bollullo, Patos and ArcA?n which are the most treacherous seashores to swimmers on the island's North coast.
The Buddhist scene forms the background of Sunset beach 290 and is only topped by Mount Teide on the horizon behind it.
Vista Paraiso is a new coastal settlement where some lavish villas of extravagant Hollywood style nest in hills above the sea.
There is a large board by the bridge by the TF5 which reads Vista Paraiso and points to the direction to take. Don't turn right on the bottom but drive along a very high natural stone wall and get to a wooden signpost in front of a Canary palm. In fact, the incredible Buddhist retreat setting forms the back stage of relaxed night life at Sunset Beach 290.
Sunset beach 290 is a bar restaurant for fancy drinks which serves food for going out in style like in 1000 and one nights of the Aladdin fairy tale.
Reserve one of several Oriental Bali Beds, each of which has a canvas roof on wooden poles. The natural stage of Tenerife Mount Teide and its CaA±adas are said to be a virtual Buddhist temple for many members of Tenerife Buddhism. Usually, there are Buddhist seminars in winter at the convention Center of Puerto del Cruz at the former Casino Taoro. The European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies (whose existence proves that Buddhism is not a religion) announced the next conference of 2015 to be in St.Ottilien more of which find here.
Meditation is something that can help you to become more aware of your habitual tendencies. Buddhist meditation started by encouraging people who practiced it to pursue, ‘smrti,’ or mindfulness; something that involves developing a full consciousness of everything about you and within you. In Buddhist meditation, the most basic form involves paying attention to the way you breath.


Another traditional pose with Buddhist meditation is to place your hands loosely with your palms up, one on top of the other, with your thumbs touching lightly. People who are just starting to meditate should count their breaths as they exhale up to ten. After a few weeks of practicing meditation, you might choose to discontinue counting and just follow your breathing.
At some point you will find yourself getting distracted by your own thoughts, or sounds around you. Train yourself to breathe in being sensitive to your mind; breathe out being sensitive to your mind. Breath in long, aware that you are breathing in long, breath out long, aware that you are breathing out long. People are very used to our hyperactive minds; many of us have a difficult time with our thoughts and we hardly notice that our mind are usually filled with activity.
Meditate for around fifteen minutes each day; maybe in the mornings or evening when things are quieter. Meditation is the conscious cultivation of mindfulness, positive emotion, and clear perception of the ways things are. As students of this particular strain of Tibetan Buddhism, we are here to share meditation as learned from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder of Ligmincha Institute, the Bon center of the west, and our beloved teacher of the ancient Bon lineage of indigenous Tibetan teachings. Founded in 1986, Ekoji Buddhist Sangha supports the teaching, practice, and study of Buddhism in the Greater Richmond area.
Kagyu Shenpen Tharchen will host a Shinay Meditation retreat Saturday April 12th,  9 am to 4 pm, at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, in Richmond, Virginia. Whether you’ve never meditated before, or have been practicing for years, please join us for this occasion where people from all different sects of Buddhism come together for practice.
COST: This event is a fundraiser for the Ekoji Buddhist Sangha building improvement project.
SCHEDULE: 9am- Lama Chonam will give a series of meditation instructions combined with formal meditation practice. In addition, they also get an opportunity to listen a dhamma talk and to participate in the Discussion which provides an opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the Buddhist teachings. So on this retreat we will practice embodied awareness as a doorway to deepening our practice. The sequence of meditations used by Kadampa Buddhists includes three great transformations of mind. In this retreat, we will utilize the power of these meditations to further our progress on the spiritual path.
Through meditation we learn to reduce stress and improve our mindfulness and concentration. It's been shown to lower stress levels, decrease high blood pressure, reduce joint and tension-related pain, boost serotonin production, and improve creativity and happiness, among many other things. Buddhists do not worship the Buddha ("the awakened one") but rather pay respect to Buddha, as well as the Dharma (the path of practice the Buddha taught his followers) and Sangha (the spiritual community).
I assumed she was against it because Buddhism preaches peace, but she kept talking about karma and how small bad actions can create bad karma for you in the long run, so like if you steal a slice of pizza, you may get executed later because of karma. As much as I used to sit at my previous job, it did nothing to prepare me for sitting cross-legged with an upright back. Essentially, you spend ten minutes walking 100 feet, sing-songing "right goes thus" as you move your right foot and "left goes thus" as you move your left foot.
I admire it, I appreciate it, I cook it, I learn about it, I teach about it, I share it, I obsess about it, I feel it. Before each meal, we would chant as a group a meditative blessing that went something like this: Food is not to be eaten for pleasure.
Meditation is enormously helpful for your mental health and inner peace, and is a habit I would like to practice daily going forward. This resort is about ten minutes by car from Puerto de la Cruz or twenty minutes from Los Realejos. Unfortunately, they are only published online by the names of their Lama teachers or affiliations. By the way, I am in no way affiliated to this organization but the Page I am linking to seems to be.
It can help you to work with them so they become less prominent in your life and you become less anxious, distracted, and become more accepting. Through meditation, you can change from someone who experiences high levels of anxiety, to a confident person.
The practice is pursued whether a person is sitting in a unique posture, or whether they are just going about the activities in their life.
The hand pose is referred to as the, ‘cosmic mudra,’ and is one of a number of symbolic hand positions.
You can close your eyes, look down at your hands, or focus on a spot on the ground a couple of feet in front of you. To deal with this simply acknowledge their presence, but do not attach yourself to them; do not become involved with them. These five hinderances are referred to as, ‘nivarana,’ and are major obstacles to concentration. If you breath in short, be aware that you are breathing in short; if you breath out short, be aware that you are. With emptiness meditation you hold your mind as if you are ready for things to happen, yet do not allow your mind to become attached to anything at all.
When we first sit and meditate we are many times caught off guard by all the activity in our minds.
Meditation is not a form of prayer, in which we call upon an external agency, but a form of inner training, in which we cultivate new ways of being.
We are a fellowship of the Buddhist Churches of America, an association founded over one hundred years ago.
Our instructor Lama Chonam completed the three-year retreat under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche at Kagyu Thubten Choling. If you can’t stay for the entire event don’t let that discourage you from attending, stay for however long your schedule allows. Other lay practitioners who are not taking the eight precepts are also invited to come to the Vihara and participate in the service.
The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie.
Recent studies show that just 11 hours of meditation can improve your overall brain performance). Weeks later when we arrived in Chiang Mai, we had been off our meditation game for almost two weeks. Buddhism is a philosophy and way of life comprised of the various teachings and beliefs of Buddha. Despite not owning any material items except three identical monk robes, not seeing family or friends very often, not being able to marry or even touch a woman, and not having fun in any way except through meditation and education, they experienced such profound levels of happiness and peace. One of the principles of Buddhist mindfulness is to control mental objects, including sensual behavior. Some dirty hippies took this as an opportunity to go barefoot everywhere, including outside. In the morning before our first session, our monk teacher asked if anyone could instruct the class in basic yoga. Monk 1 reminded him that he was to guide us in physical exercise such as yoga, to which Frenchie confidently replied yes, yes I know.


Monk 2 teach us about Buddhism and meditation during the retreat, I thought to myself, I should become a Buddhist. Food is not to be eaten for pleasure, enjoyment, or happiness, and it is certainly not to be overeaten. You're simultaneously trying to eat mindfully and slowly and savor each bite, but the whole time you're eating you feel like a guilty sloth, which only makes you want to eat more and more! You can take a class at your local gym or yoga studio, or even download apps or YouTube videos that provide semi-guided meditation. You do not need to go directly from point A to point B either – meditation involves gradual change. You can become a person who may have always been in a bad mood, to a person is who more relaxed. The practice is the kind of meditation the Buddha did while under the bodhi tree and in Buddhism is referred to in the seventh step of the eightfold path. A person must perfect these forms before they can move on to more advanced kinds of meditation.
More traditional postures include the lotus position, variations of the half lotus such as having one of your feet on your opposite thigh with the other foot in front of the opposite knee; something that is hard for some.
You might simply prefer to place your hands in a way you find comfortable, or with them flat on your thighs. It is best to be as fully aware of your entire process of breathing, although the majority of people focus on one aspect of breathing or another such as the rise and fall of their diaphragm, or the sensation of cool air entering and warm air exiting as they breath. Train yourself to breath in sensitive to your entire body, and breath out being sensitive to your entire body.
Train yourself to breathe in sensitive to your mental processes, and breath out sensitive to your mental processes. Things such as smells, sounds, images, thoughts, or aches simply drift in and out as if they were clouds in a small breeze. We will explore different approaches to cultivating mindfulness and metta through the gateway of sensory experience. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend.
In these classes we will emphasize creating happiness for ourself by developing a peaceful mind.
To be fair, we did have spurts of diligence during which we meditated every day for ten minutes or so. Curious to know what the retreat entailed, I finally got my lazy ass to read the Buddhist monastery's website. At its core, Buddhism teaches its followers to do good, avoid bad, and spread loving and kindness. Basically, attending the retreat was a long and very difficult way of finding out what I already know: material things do not buy happiness and simplicity is the best way to live. After a few minutes of sitting in this position, you begin to feel like a cobra is lightly strangling your torso while you gasp for air; the sides of your feet, squished underneath your legs and pressed onto the cold hard floor, feel like they're being steam rolled.
Max, on the other hand, was an extremely diligent student and practiced only sitting and walking meditation. Monks are not allowed to perform physical exercise aside from walking and cleaning, so he asked a student to volunteer.
I love everything about it, from the sound of garlic sizzling in a hot oiled pan to the smell of butter and sugar melting into a delightful aroma when I'm baking. And I can never become a Buddhist because I love food too much and I will continue to overeat without feeling guilty.
Meditation is something that can help to relieve stress, anxiety, and help to develop inner peace. Before long, Buddhist monks had expanded and formalized their understanding of this type of meditation. Many people imagine the air entering their bodies through a small hole perhaps an inch or so below their belly button. Train yourself to breath in calming your bodily processes, and breath out calming your bodily processes. Train yourself to breathe in calming mental processes, and to breath out calming mental processes. You might; instead of counting your breaths as you exhale, choose to imagine a quiet and peaceful scene such as a peaceful forest until the noise in your mind becomes quiet.
And there will be plenty of silence to allow each of us to touch a place of stillness within. There will also be some gentle yogic movement practices weaved into the retreat led by experienced yoga teacher Lona Kovacs. Apparently the bodily pain is supposed to be so all-consuming that you can't let your mind wander to think other thoughts. I know this because many of these filthy hippies were seated in front of me during meditation practice, and when I wasn't falling asleep, I was losing my concentration because I felt nauseous looking at their blackened feet. Even if you are very anxious, distracted, or feel irritated by sounds in your environment as you are attempting to meditate – it is simply what you are beginning with, it is what you have at the moment.
Later one, you will discover that the same minimal attention you use for sounds and stray thoughts works with more physical feelings too.
Remember not to look forward to a sudden explosion of enlightenment; if you have wonderful thoughts great!
The meditation and study aspects of the retreat will be led by experienced meditation teacher Dh. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. I was going to volunteer to guide the class in some basic non-yoga exercises but then a French dude said he would do it.
Meditation; however, can also be done as you lie on the floor, walk, or even while sitting on the couch or in a wheelchair. If you become sleepy, focus on the air entering your body at a higher place such as your nose.
I was expecting private lakeside bungalows with fluffy white beds, unlimited tropical smoothies, and a steam room. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.
It's quite a lovely way to live your life without having to subscribe to an organized religion. I wasn't exactly sure what that meant, but I assumed it meant contract my abs or make my body tight. And the reward for your effort is a remarkably well-structured event, filled with classes, meditation, chanting, and talks from a variety of monastics including the talented and brilliant Venerable Shi Huifeng.
Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.
Perhaps the most important part of the program will be the people you meet there – although some people will say it was the food, which was amazing. Not only was this highly uncomfortable to observe, but it was definitely the opposite of contracting. There is nothing else quite like this for drawing together young people from around the world (most will be from the US, but we had participants from Canada, several European countries, Russia, Africa, and Asia) who are willing to spend four weeks learning about Chinese Buddhism and Taiwan’s history and culture. I was about to push him out of the way and yell, "Everyone drop and give me 20" but luckily Mr.



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