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Embracing Aging, Death, and Dying with Insight (May24-27/2024)

May 24th to 27th, 2023 (Friday 5:00 PM to Monday 3:00 PM) Over Memorial Day weekend.

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Join us for a profound insight meditation retreat, "Embracing Aging, Death, and Dying with Insight," Over Memorial Day weekend, from May 24 to 27, 2024. This retreat is a transformative journey where we explore the profound teachings of the Buddha and gain valuable insights into the inevitable aspects of aging, death, and dying.

What to Expect:

This retreat is an opportunity to:

1. Positive Perspective: Learn how to approach the natural processes of aging, death, and dying with a positive attitude. Explore the wisdom that the Buddha's teachings offer for facing these universal realities with grace and acceptance.

2. Supporting Others: Acquire the skills to provide support and compassion to those who may be struggling with these challenging life transitions, becoming a source of comfort and guidance.

3. Insight Through Experience: Understand that these experiences can be powerful sources of insight and transformation. By facing these realities head-on, you can gain profound wisdom and personal growth.

4. Buddhist Meditation Techniques: Explore the techniques introduced by the Buddha for gaining insight into the nature of life and death. Through guided meditation, you will practice these techniques to deepen your understanding.

Join Us:

Embrace this opportunity to delve into the teachings of the Buddha and cultivate the wisdom and insight needed to navigate the realities of aging, death, and dying. The knowledge and practices you acquire during this retreat can transform your perspective and lead to a more mindful and compassionate approach to these universal aspects of life.

Don't miss this chance to embark on a journey of self-discovery, empathy, and enlightenment. Reserve your spot today and unlock the teachings of the Buddha that can help you face these profound realities with grace and understanding.


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

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Food: Vegan 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 the same gender. If you have any preference for 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

Friday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Saturday & Sunday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Monday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice

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Note: deepening ourself with practice while investigation ourself. (Sammaditti Sutta, Bojjanga Sutta).


Logistics

If attending the retreat in person:

  • Location: Google Maps has been known to take our guests to the main house rather than the center. When you arrive, you’ll pull into a gravel road on the highway, simply keep driving until you see a large yellow building on your left-hand side next to a large white cross. That is where the Center is.
  • Accommodations: The registration fee is inclusive of a room and meals. Rooms are dorm-style with shared bathrooms.
  • Clothing: Try to bring comfortable clothing as you will be spending a lot of time conducting various types of meditation and mindfulness practices.
  • Toiletries: Try to avoid bringing heavily scented items and some individuals are sensitive to such products.
  • Food: We provide food for you. If you need to bring your own food for whatever reason, we encourage you to put your name on the food and place it in the fridge located on the main floor. We can show you where that is when you check-in.
  • Towels and sheets: Please keep in mind that we do not provide linens for your stay as we only have a few extra. We recommend bringing a set of twin sheets and some towels. If you forget these items, we can help you out by letting you borrow some of our extras.

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