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Holistic Awareness: Monastic Retreat (8 days)
April 13 – 21, 2014 (Sunday to Monday)
This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 40 people. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
Western nuns and monks from the Theravada monastic tradition teach each year at the Retreat Center. The 2014 course, open to all, will focus on holistic awareness – accessing an awareness that supports and balances the body, heart and mind. Retreatants are asked to observe the eight monastic precepts, which include abstaining from eating after noon each day, and to participate fully in the daily routine of silent sitting, standing and walking meditation. There will also be group interviews.
Group practice will begin each morning with an offering to the Triple Gem, such as flowers, light (in the form of candles) and incense or water, as well as chanting. Along with the renunciation, the acts of offering and homage establish the heart-tone of the retreat.
Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to attend. We offer a ‘You Choose’ fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $15 per night. Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue offering financial aid to as many people as possible.
Ajahn Sucitto became a bhikkhu in Thailand in 1976. He has been closely associated with Ajahn Sumedho for over 30 years, and is currently abbot of Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery in Chithurst, England. He has taught at IMS since 1989.
Ajahn Jayanto entered the monastic community in 1989, training under Ajahn Sumedho and others in the Ajahn Chah forest monasteries in the UK and Thailand. Normally at Amaravati in England, he is also involved in exploring the prospects for a branch forest monastery in New England.
Ajahn Metta, born in Germany, received ordination as a siladhara (10-precept nun) in 1996 at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK. She is currently a senior nun at Cittaviveka Monastery , also in the UK.