Virtual Retreats

After many years of requests, we are making available online, digital versions of our retreats for those of you who aren’t able to attend in person. Each “Retreat in a Box” is a complete retreat, which you can use for your own self-retreat at home, or to listen to at your leisure.

These offerings include talks never before available except to participants who have attended our retreats in person.

The following “Virtual Retreat” offerings are available (more coming soon):

Samatha Meditation — Purification of Mind Retreat

This “Retreat in a Box” includes everything you need for your own 2-week retreat and is available in four different packages.

In concentration (samatha) meditation, we return our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying the mind stream. Samatha practice is often referred to as “purification of mind” and it does that in two ways.

First, the practice reveals with heightened clarity our habitual patterns that cause us to suffer both on and off the cushion. Second, as we build the capacity to turn away from these patterns, a laser-like awareness can develop that can lead to profound stillness and joy, as well as the possibility of the arising of deep meditative absorptions known as the jhanas.

The word “jhana” can be translated as a “burning up”—of our habitual patterns of greed, hatred, and delusion—which purifies our awareness, and can deepen our vipassana practice. This retreat is open to all. This retreat will be held in silence. There will be meditation instruction, several periods of meditation throughout the day, walking meditation, a dharma talk nightly with Q&A, and individual interviews.

Taught by: Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder
Prerequisite: The equivalent of a class or retreat giving basic meditation instructions
Virtual Retreat Materials: Retreat Schedule, Photos, 12 Audio Talks, 4 Video Talks, Chant Sheet, Posture & Meditation Instructions, Practice Charts
Price: from $295 to $645 (4 different packages available: Basic Package, Bookends Package, Intermediate Package, Deluxe Package)

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