A CTBC Event

18 June 2021

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Meditation Retreat with Ayya Santacitta

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ABOUT THE EVENT

Registration is now open for this Zoom Retreat on The Four Protective Meditations, June 18 - 20, 2021 on the .  Please read the following Retreat Information.  The link to the Registration Form is at the end of the Retreat Information. 

There is no charge for the retreat.  If you are able to offer a donation to Ayya's Monastery, please follow this link.  If you would also like to make a donation to our future monastery in Canmore (Ajahn Brahmavara will visit in April 2022 for two months to decide if she would like to relocate here) please follow this link.

 

Retreat Information

~ The Four Protective Meditations ~

Developing Courage to Meet the Way Things Truly Are 

This retreat brings together practices that brighten the mind and open it to our highest aspiration, while grounding us in our immediate experience of change. 

The four meditations are: 

● contemplation of the body 

● reflection on death 

● metta meditation 

● recollection of the Buddha 

 

By nourishing and strengthening the heart and mind, and giving us courage to explore the true nature of embodied life, these meditations protect us from getting lost in hopes and fears, guiding us toward awakening. 

During this weekend online retreat, Ayya Santacitta will offer guided meditations, Dhamma reflections, chanting and Q&A. Sanghamitta, who is hosting this retreat, will offer an optional Qi Gong session on Saturday & Sunday morning. 

Texts: 

Refuges & Five Precepts in Pali & English Reflections on Universal Well-Being in Pali & English Five Recollections chant in Pali & English 

This is a powerful time to create a home retreat for yourself. It will take some dedication to do this, and we will show you how you can set it up. By choosing to let go of the usual habits of distraction, unnecessary busyness, and taking on tasks that can wait, you can make this a beneficial and healing time.  

 

Our homes tend to be places where our habits are strongest; the momentum of unconsciousness can be strongest in the home environment. The possibility of bringing awareness to this aspect of our lives is very powerful, and allows us to deeply integrate our spiritual path into our living space. 

We look forward to supporting you on this retreat. If you choose to attend, we are asking that you commit to the retreat with the same integrity you would bring to a retreat in a residential setting. 

PREPARING FOR THE RETREAT 

1. Setting up your Retreat Space 

● If possible, set up a dedicated space for the whole duration of the retreat, where you have internet access and a monitor that you can see easily from your meditation chair and/or cushion. Your computer/device will need speakers/microphone or you can use a headset. Ideally you also have a video camera. 

● Find a place for walking meditation. It should allow for walking in a level, straight line about 20 to 25 steps. This might include walking outdoors, or in a hallway or larger room. It is preferable not to have to navigate street crossings or traffic. 

● Print this document and the retreat schedule prior to the retreat. 

● Set up your meditation chair or cushion in a way that will support your body. It can help to have more than one option for sitting or listening. 

 

2. Electronic Media 

● We will be using Zoom video-conferencing for our retreat. Details about how to use Zoom will be covered before the retreat begins. To support yourself and the group we ask that you close all programs except Zoom and turn off all of notifications on your devices

● Set up auto-reply for email and phone, as if you were out of town. 

 

3. Meals 

● If possible, do all of your food shopping before the retreat begins. 

● Keep the meals simple, perhaps pre-preparing some food that can be eaten throughout the weekend. Example: a large pot of soup for dinners. 

 4. Relating to housemates, spouses, partners, and children in the home who are not on retreat 

● Have a conversation about your retreat time beforehand. Here are some things you might want to cover: ○ Acknowledge that it will most likely feel awkward and strange at first, but a rhythm can develop that can work for everyone. 

○ Talk about noble silence and see if you can get support for being in noble silence for the duration of the retreat. 

○ If possible, ask for support in having a quieter overall living space. Post your retreat schedule and a thank you note for everyone’s supportive awareness of your retreat. 

○ Suggestions for those with children - If they are old enough, talk with your kids about what you are doing and ask their input for how to create a supportive environment. 

○ Coordinating with those you live with will be part of the retreat. We will learn together how to turn toward such challenges with our practice. 

 

 5. Set Your Intention When you begin the retreat, take a few minutes to consider what is calling you to this time of deepening practice. If you wish, you can light a candle or place a flower or inspiring image near you. Quiet yourself and inwardly create a strong and clear intention. Once you set your intention, you can recite it in your mind, or write it down on a notecard and place it by the candle or image. Regularly during the days of your retreat, remember and reaffirm this intention. 

DURING THE RETREAT

1. Online Format and Etiquette 

● We will be gathering for group sits, guided meditations, Dhamma reflections, and Q&A using Zoom video- conferencing. Links to Zoom will be sent to you once you have submitted your registration form. If you have friends who would like to join, please ask them to register. 

● If you do have any questions about Zoom, you can meet with Sanghamitta on Friday at 3:30 pm. 

● It is helpful for creating community to allow your video to be on during all scheduled times. It can also help to bridge some of the disconnection that can come with using an online format. 

● Please don’t multitask while online with our community. Engage as fully as you would if we were in person. 

● Everyone will be muted when entering or exiting the rooms to cut down on microphone feedback and extraneous sounds. Instructions for unmuting during Q&A and practice discussions will be provided. 

● Please refrain from moving your laptop / tablet / phone around with the video camera on. This helps bring a quality of settledness to our online community. 

 

2. Retreat Schedule 

Friday 

3:30 - 400 pm: Optional Zoom-instructions with Sanghamitta 

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Optional ‘meet & greet’ with Ayya Santacitta (bring a cup of tea) 

6:00 - 8:00 pm: Beginning of the retreat: welcome, introduction, orientation, Refuges & 

Five Precepts, meditation, talk, Q&A, chanting 

Saturday 

8:00 - 9:00 am: Optional Qi Gong with Sanghamitta

9:00 - 10:00 am: Dhamma reflection & guided meditation

10:00 - 10:30 am: Walking, standing, lying down or sitting meditation

10:30 - 11:15 am: Sitting meditation

11:15 - 11:45 am: Walking, standing, lying down or sitting meditation

11:45: Meal reflection 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Meal break 

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Dhamma reflection & guided meditation

3:00 - 3:30 pm: Walking, standing, lying down or sitting meditation

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Sitting meditation

4:30 - 5:00 pm: Walking, standing, lying down or sitting meditation 

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Evening break 

7:00 - 8:30 pm: Sitting meditation, Q&A, chanting Continue practice on your own 5 

 

Sunday 

8:00 - 9:00 am: Optional Qi Gong with Sanghamitta

9:00 - 10:00 am: Dhamma reflection & guided meditation

10:00 - 10:30 am: Walking, standing, lying down or sitting meditation

10:30 - 11:15 am: Sitting meditation

11:15 - 11:45 am: Walking, standing, lying down or sitting meditation

11:45: Meal reflection

12:00 - 2:00 pm: Meal break 

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Q&A

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Dhamma reflection & guided meditation

3:30 - 3:45pm: Dana talk & short stretch

3:45 - 4:30 pm: Sitting meditation

4:30 - 5:00 pm: Closing & chanting 

~ Welcome Whatever Arises ~ 

Gently engaging what arises offers some of the very best opportunities for your meditation to deepen, and your wisdom and compassion to grow. Remember, we will be doing this together. We hope you will be supported by the shared intention among the participants. The teachers will dedicate their efforts to supporting you and your practice. We’re delighted you’re here. 

 

 Registration Form Link

 

 

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