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Allow yourself to have a mindful and stressless weekend by joining us in this retreat!
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Metta Meditation Center, Meditation Room

July 22nd to 25th, 2021 (Thursday 6:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)
Registration Due Date: Thursday, July 1st, 2021
Teacher: Bhante Sathi
Retreat Format: Hybrid (online and in-person)
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We all encounter stress in our lives. At times, these stresses can prove to be beneficial for us while other times can be unbearable. While we cannot completely control the stresses in our lives, we certainly can control how we respond to them. This retreat will focus on mindful exercises that we can use to respond to stresses in a healthy manner. We will also learn to understand stress so we can act appropriately when such stresses come into our lives. Allow yourself to have a mindful and stressless weekend by joining us in this retreat!

Teacher: Sathi been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Erope to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at Metta meditation center.

This Retreat is limited to 20 guests please. Click here to register so you can reserve your spot!

Fee: For Online $200
For room and retreat $350
*fee only for the retreat expenses. most participants make additional donations for food and teacher.

Food: Vegetarian breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find the accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on same gender. If you have any preference of a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body (for example long pants are preferred over shorts). Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

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Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night

  • 05:00 PM Ariving and Cheking in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening Night Welcome & Introduction (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Discussion (group in-person & zoom)

Friday & Saturday

  • 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM: Sitting meditation led by a volunteer practice leader (group in-person & zoom)
  • 07:15 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM: Morning Teachings (group in-person & zoom)
  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Group Practice (group in-person & zoom)
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Walking/Movement Practice (individual)
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A (group in-person & zoom)
  • 03:15 PM – 04:00 PM: Group Sitting (group in-person & zoom)
  • 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Mindful Motion with Yoga/Qigong (group in-person & zoom)
  • 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Walking/Movement Practice/Meal/Independent Practice (individual)
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teachings /Talk (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Walking/Movement Practice (individual)
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Chanting and Sitting (group in-person & zoom)

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM: Sitting meditation led by a volunteer practice leader (group in-person & zoom)
  • 07:15 AM – 08:30 AM: Meal and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Teaching and Meditation (group in-person & zoom)
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Closing practice (group in-person & zoom)

Kamala (Kamal)

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Bhikkhu Mihintala [Missaka] Kamalasiri is a guided meditation teacher, primarily focusing on Vipassana techniques sourced from the Buddhist Sutras. He believes this path will arm every sentient being against life’s different challenges.

In 1970, Bhikkhu Missaka Kamalasiri was born in Mihintale, Sri Lanka, near the site where the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa inaugurated the presence of Buddhism on this small island nation.
He has held a special interest in meditation since childhood. He started his practice under the guidance of Venerable Ananda Maitriya Maha Nayaka Thero. While there, he also received guidance from the renowned Dhamma teacher, Godwin Samararathne.

When he was only 14-years-old, Bhante received his novice ordination from his teacher, Balangoda Anandamaitrie, a well-known Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, who many considered a Bodhisattva. From there, he continued his training and education at the Vegirikanda Meditation Center and Gnanalankara Bhikkhu training center in Peradeniya. He earned his higher education at the Sangaraja Monks Training School in Kandy and Vidyodaya, Colombo.
For three years,Bhikkhu Kamalasiri lived in the Himalayan Mountains, researching Vajrayana and Hindu meditation techniques. He visited the Shivananda Ashram numerous times. Accounts of those visits were documented in a Sinhala language book titled, Mihidugiren Himagirata.

For a while, he practiced meditation in the caves of the Yelmo Mountains, where the Tibetan saint, Yogi Milarepa, once practiced. Bhante also spent some time at the Tusita Meditation Center.

Positions: From 1986 until 2008 he was the teacher of the Dhamma School in Peradeniya, and taught for a couple of years at the Bhikkhu Training College in Peradeniya. He was the coordination secretary in the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the wise secretary of the Kandy District Committee of Buddhist Authority, adviser for The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, and the adviser for the documentary “2550 Years of Buddhism in Sri Lanka”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oorjkuY1e2c

He was also a part of the Apprenticeship Program organized by the State of Department of the United States, a member of the Board of Trustee for the National Environmental Forum and the adviser for the same committee that issued the Bank of Ceylon coin.

Publishings:
He has written 7 books in Sinhala:
1. Minissu -“Humans”
2. Aprakata Bauddha Lokaya- “Unknown Buddhist World“
3. Heladiwata Wasiyathiwarayano, Sikim Mahinda The Sikkim Mahinda – “Monk who from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka”
4. Mihindu Giren Hima Girata – “From Minithale to Himalaya” National Literature Award Winner
5. Baudda Ahillaha Dakma – “The Buddhist World and Vision”
6. Asa Taru Saha Mama – “The Sky, The Stars and Me”
7. “Messiah”

He has had many published articles in newspapers and magazines in Sri Lanka and Australia, and also has spoken for radio and television.

Meditation Teachings out of Sri Lanka:
He has taught in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, India, Nepal, China, England and Italy and the United States.

Instructor Sathi

Emerging spiritual interests in his early teens led Sathi to be ordained at age 19 in the Theravada tradition in his native country of Sri Lanka.  He also became Bhikku and practiced many years and counseled people from many walks of life using Buddhist teachings.

As a meditation teacher, In 1999 he became a resident at the Great Lakes Vihara in Michigan and traveled around the US and Canada teaching meditation and mindfulness practices, the teachings and philosophy of Buddha (Dhamma), and leading retreats.

In 2003 he made Minnesota his home where, with the support of friends, As A Teacher, he founded Triple Gem of the North in Mankato, which he made his home. He has traveled the state sharing meditation and mindful living. He has shared his wisdom, led retreats and given talks at various Minnesota locations including.

  • Visiting teacher at The Marsh, Minnetonka MN
  • Meditation Teacher at Carlton College, Northfield, MN
  • Meditation Teacher at Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter MN
  • Guiding teacher at Triple Gem of the North, Mankato, MN
  • Guiding teacher at Chaska Mindfulness Center
  • Guiding teacher at Metta Meditation Center
  • Teacher and speaker at several other Twin Cities Area locations
  • Sathi has presented meditation techniques to local high schools and colleges.

Responding to invitations, Sathi has planted many seeds of Buddha’s teachings across the United States from which several have blossomed into centers started by Sathi:

  • Founder and Guiding Teacher Of Triple Gem Of the North, Mankato, MN
  • Founder of Oklahoma Buddhist Vihara, OK
  • Founder and Guiding Teacher of Mindfulness Center, Chaska, MN
  • Founder and Guiding Teacher of Metta Meditation Center, MN (Click here for the website)

Sathi has a particular interest in what is common to all traditions and all schools of Buddhism, particularly regarding the practice of meditation since establishing himself in Minnesota.