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bedifferent

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Best Country/Monastery For a Retreat
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:38:08 PM »
Ladies and Gents,

Just to introduce myself, I started practising and reading into the whole aspect of meditation (vipassana) and mindfulness towards the end of 2016.

My formal meditation has been on and off since then, however for the past month I have been meditating formally every single morning, lunch and evening.

I have been mindful and aware of the breath in many activities (walking, working, eating, washing the pots, drinking water, etc...) for around a year and I am always bringing myself back to the present moment.

I'm still relatively young, 20 years old, student, however I would like to go on my first meditation retreat this summer in Asia (I have read a few books on Vipassana, and still am - I make sure I'm careful and understand the concepts etc...). Highly motivated to develop my practise to a very advanced level.

I have no issues etc... I started meditating just to be different and become in total control of my mind, develop my logical rational thinking, and generally live a better life that will help me in all aspects (e.g. work life, business, entrepreneurship, and when things get "tougher" as I get older). I have noticed the benefits and so I'm pretty damn sure I will do this for the rest of my life. People have come up to me and asked "do you ever get stressed?", "you should write a book called how to be relaxed by..[my name]..", someone even came up to me once and said "how do you have such a cool ass devenour about you". I never told them I meditated, and the fact people have said this have made me realise the feelings of equanimity, strong emotional intelligence, compassion/metta for others, level headedness and calm I feel on the inside is showing on the outside. I will never stop as my mind is getting stronger and more aware month by month. btw these complements don't drive me, and I dont meditate for the complements - no ego, the comments just re-affirm that meditation is a good thing to do.

What centres/retreats would you recommend? I don't think I want to go to a Goenka retreat as I've read his books and studied them, and also watched many videos by himself so not sure how much extra I will actually learn.

I want to be put way out of my comfort zone. I'm thinking of a retreat in a monastery for anywhere up to four weeks and I don't care how hard people say it is, it is irrelevant to me - I want something that will stay with me forever (even if I'm not allowed to sleep for a few days, this is fine).

Where would people recommend (cheers!)?  :)  :) :)
« Last Edit: January 25, 2018, 08:37:07 PM by bedifferent »

Dharmic Tui

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Re: Best Country/Monastery For a Retreat
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 10:12:15 AM »
I think don't get too caught up in the location.

But if I had to pick, I'd say Jhana Grove in Western Australia.

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Re: Best Country/Monastery For a Retreat
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 11:41:21 PM »
While I have never been there, Sri Lanka sounds very nice: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/Sri-Lanka-laypeople-monasteries.pdf .  I had friends who stayed at:

* Nilambe (http://nilambe.net/)

* Island Hermitage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Hermitage; http://www.buddhistravel.com/index.php?id=60,636,0,0,1,0).

Or Thailand (where I stayed, at length, but years ago). From former times:

* Wat Pah Nanachat (http://www.watpahnanachat.org/stay.php) if you need structure & if they permit you to say

* Suan Mokkh of you have self-disciple outside of formal retreat, where formal silent retreat is held for 10 days each month (http://www.suanmokkh-idh.org/ ; http://www.suanmokkh-idh.org/idh-wat.html

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Re: Best Country/Monastery For a Retreat
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2018, 05:30:03 PM »
While I have never been there, Sri Lanka sounds very nice: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/Sri-Lanka-laypeople-monasteries.pdf .  I had friends who stayed at:

* Nilambe (http://nilambe.net/)

* Island Hermitage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Hermitage; http://www.buddhistravel.com/index.php?id=60,636,0,0,1,0).

Or Thailand (where I stayed, at length, but years ago). From former times:

* Wat Pah Nanachat (http://www.watpahnanachat.org/stay.php) if you need structure & if they permit you to say

* Suan Mokkh of you have self-disciple outside of formal retreat, where formal silent retreat is held for 10 days each month (http://www.suanmokkh-idh.org/ ; http://www.suanmokkh-idh.org/idh-wat.html)

Thanks Nicky!

You have any thoughts on Wat Rampoeng? (http://www.watrampoeng.net/watrampoeng/?page_id=480)

Highly considering their 26 day retreat.

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Re: Best Country/Monastery For a Retreat
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2018, 11:48:58 PM »
Hi BD

Sorry, I cant't help. However, I think it is good to travel to a Buddhist country.

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Re: Best Country/Monastery For a Retreat
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2018, 07:23:22 PM »
Hi BD

Sorry, I cant't help. However, I think it is good to travel to a Buddhist country.

thanks Nicky, no probs at all :)

Just need to make sure I get the balance between a serious retreat and exploring/having fun in Thailand correct as I'm there for 6/7 weeks only (1st time).

26 day retreat is a lot, but I'm highly tempted to just go for it.