Insight through The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
A Retreat with Venerable Dhammajiva Thera
Gainesville Retreat Center
June 21 - June 27 2018
This residential meditation retreat will be conducted in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition with a focus on Satipatthāna, the meditation practice of the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness.” Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required. The link found below will lead you to the registration form. Please do not contact the retreat center to register. If you have any questions regarding registration, please send an e-mail to: InsightRetreatsFL@gmail.com.
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and will take place at the Gainesville Retreat Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Center is located on a 108-acre wildlife refuge. Facilities include a meditation hall with a full vegetarian kitchen and several guest rooms and baths; a new building with several guest rooms and baths; and a few bedrooms in the family home where accommodations are shared with the Smith Family who lovingly manage and care for the Center and wildlife refuge. There are also several cabins, and camping is available on the property. http://www.gainesvilleretreatcenter.com/
Under the guidance of Venerable Dhammajia Thera, the retreat will provide an opportunity to build a continuity of mindfulness through the noting of physical and mental objects as they arise in each moment. The retreat includes sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindfulness throughout one’s daily activities. Instructions and guidance will include a daily discourse by Venerable Dhammajiva Thera as well as a daily group-held Question and Answer session.
Venerable Uda Eriyagama Dhammajīva Thera is a meditation master from Sri Lanka. He has taught mindfulness meditation for over fifteen years and is presently the Chief Preceptor of the Nissarana Vanaya Forest Monastery located about 30 miles from Colombo. On a daily basis, he provides training in both tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassanā) meditation to about twenty monks resident at the monastery. Venerable Dhammajīva spent several years of training under Sayādaw U Panditābhivamsa, a leading Burmese meditation master who follows the lineage of the great Venerable Mahāsi Sayadaw. He is fluent in Sinhalese, English, and Burmese and has authored and translated many meditation guidebooks from Burmese to English and to Sinhalese. He is a rare teacher from the traditional lineages who is able to teach without an interpreter. As such, Venerable Dhammajiva is in great demand as a teacher par excellence and conducts retreats worldwide. http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/dhammajiva/
CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION LINK. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND.
PLEASE NOTE - ALL SINGLE ROOMS HAVE BEEN BOOKED. THERE ARE ONLY SHARED ROOMS AVAILABLE
Space is limited. Please register and select the type of accommodations you wish on the registration form as soon as possible. Single room accommodations usually run out first, so be aware that you may be asked to share a room instead.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Your cost for the retreat includes use of the facilities, six nights lodging, a 5% tourist tax, an evening meal on arrival day, two meals a day on retreat days, breakfast the day of departure, and a share in the cost of expenses incurred.
DEPOSIT: The deposit is $250. We ask that you send in your deposit promptly, within ten (10) days of registering. A mailing address for payment by check or money order will be provided by e-mail once your registration is received. The deposit is refundable in full with notice given prior to May 21, 2018. Full payment is expected by May 21, 2018.
MAIN BUILDINGS ACCOMMODATIONS (meditation hall, new building, family home)
Single Occupancy $575 (shared bath)
Double Occupancy $450 (shared bath)
Cabin Single Occupancy $575 (shared bath)
Cabin Double Occupancy $450 (shared bath)
Rustic Cabin Single Occupancy $405 (no bathroom - facilities available in main buildings)
Rustic Cabin Double Occupancy $365 (no bathroom - facilities available in main buildings)
Per person $365 (bathroom/shower facilities available in main buildings)
DANA: Dana can be translated as cultivating generosity or giving. The tradition of Dana in Buddhism is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and interdependence. This ancient and rich tradition has sustained the Dharma teachings for more than 2,500 years, since the time of the Buddha. It enables teachers to continue teaching without charge and supports the very life and sustainability of the teaching. There is no correct sum to give. The amount depends upon your ability and willingness to give. Your kind gift will help support the teachings and the work of Venerable Dhammajiva and the Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya monastery in Sri Lanka where Venerable Dhammajiva Thero is the present-day Abbott and Chief Preceptor. Dana can be given as cash, check or money order made out to "Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya." Visit the http://www.nissarana.lk/ website for further information about the monastery.
Also, the Gainesville Retreat Center operates at cost as a nonprofit. Your donations make an invaluable contribution to the running of the retreat center, maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Dana allows charges at the Center to be kept at a minimum. So, any additional donations to the GRC are gratefully accepted as well.
DAY OF ARRIVAL: Please arrive at the retreat center on Thursday afternoon, June 21, between 3:00 and 5:00 to register, settle in, and sign up for your yogi job (parking is in the designated areas). YOGI JOBS are considered silent work-as-practice and consist of cleaning the kitchen and baths and other common areas. Available Yogi jobs will be posted on the board outside the kitchen. Please sign up and learn what your job entails and find the location of supplies, etc. on the day you arrive. The next day, retreat day one, June 22, begins in Noble Silence. A light dinner will be provided the day of arrival from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. ORIENTATION and meditation instruction will be given at 7:00 PM in the meditation hall. The retreat will end with breakfast on Wednesday, June 27. There will be time to socialize, take photos, and pack following breakfast.
DAILY SCHEDULE: The daily retreat schedule begins with walking meditation at 4:00 AM and ends at 9:00 PM each evening – please plan your wake-up accordingly. The day is spent in silent practice with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation and maintenance of mindfulness during work, meals, and rest periods. Instructions and guidance for all meditators will include a daily discourse by Venerable Dhammajiva and a group question and answer period.
MEALS: Meals are vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options. A light dinner will be provided from 5:00 PM – 7:00 on arrival day, June 21. Breakfast will be provided on the day of departure, June 27. After being given the Eight Precepts, retreat days will consist of two meals per day -- breakfast and lunch. Tea, fruit juice, and water will be available in the afternoons. No food is allowed in the meditation hall or bedrooms. PLEASE NOTE that the kitchen is not equipped to handle the strict controls necessary to accommodate those with celiac disease or severe allergies, like peanuts., etc. Highly sensitive/allergic individuals should notify the retreat center beforehand and make arrangements to bring your own food.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY: Meditators are expected to dress plainly and conservatively. Refrain from wearing sleeveless shirts, tank tops, shorts or short skirts when resident at the retreat. Female yogis should wear long skirts or loose-fitting pants, or dresses and tops with sleeves. Avoid wearing tight-fitting or revealing clothing.
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your personal toiletries (toothpaste & toothbrush, bath soap, shampoo, sunscreen, insect repellent, tissues, hair brush or comb, hairdryer, etc.). Don't forget your medications. Bring ear plugs if you’re sensitive to others snoring. It'll be dark in the early morning, so bring a flashlight and extra batteries. You may also want to bring an alarm clock and a water bottle to refill as needed. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided by the Center, but please feel free to bring your own bolsters and cushions, and perhaps a light blanket, shawl, or sweater for comfort in the meditation hall. Bed linens, blankets, towels and pillows are provided, but bring your personal items if desired. DO NOT BRING valuables, alcohol, perfumes, strongly scented toiletries, candles, incense, or cigarettes. Reading and writing and using electronic devices during the retreat is discouraged.
CELL PHONES: Cell phones should be turned off and are not allowed in the meditation hall. If you are using your cell phone as an alarm, please set the volume on low or on vibrate and remember to turn it off before you leave your room. You've probably realized that checking your phone for messages and calls on retreat will disturb your peace of mind and will interrupt your continuity of mindfulness and that of others in earshot as well. Let your friends and relatives know you will be on a silent retreat and that you will catch up with them when the retreat is over. For emergencies, GRC will provide us with a phone number to leave with family and friends. Hold dear this rare opportunity and use your time to practice diligently and wholeheartedly!
NOBLE SILENCE: Meditators are expected to maintain Noble Silence throughout the retreat, starting the morning of June 22. Please ask all your questions and get yourself situated the day of arrival, June 21. Noble silence means not talking with other retreatants and limiting speech to only what is necessary, such as reporting a problem to the organizers or retreat staff, or asking a question of the teacher during the Question and Answer sessions. According to teacher Gil Fronsdal, "The primary reason for silence on meditation retreats is to support meditation practice. Silence helps keep our focus on cultivating mindfulness and concentration. Continuity of mindfulness is much easier when we don’t talk. The complex interplay of emotions and attitudes involved in most social interactions tend to keep the mind too active and scattered to allow for deep concentration. And this internal activity often lingers. The mental momentum from a conversation is seldom finished when we stop talking. It can take a while for the thinking mind to quiet down after a conversation ends." Remember too, that your fellow retreatants are counting on you to maintain Noble Silence – please be kind in this way. Make the commitment to maintain noble silence for your benefit and for the benefit of all at the retreat.
Because the Smith Family lives at the Center, you might find it difficult to refrain from speaking and interacting with the children of the family. Please be aware that these children are well aware of our dedication to silence on this retreat :-)
EIGHT PRECEPTS: All meditators are expected to observe the eight precepts during the retreat.
1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given.
3. Chastity: refraining from any sexual activity.
4. Right Speech: avoiding false, abusive or malicious speech.
5. Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs.
6. Renunciation: not eating after midday.
7. Restraint: not wearing make-up, jewelry or immodest clothing; not playing music or musical instruments; to refrain from dancing; singing and to refrain from the use of adornments and ornaments.
8. Alertness: to refrain from using high and luxurious seats and beds.
4.00 am – 5.00 am - Walking Meditation
5.00 am – 6.30 am - Walking/Sitting Meditation
6.30 am – 8.00 am - Breakfast/Yogi Jobs (to allow practitioners undisturbed mealtime, do not begin yogi jobs before 7:15)
8.00 am – 9.00 am - Walking Meditation
9.00 am – 10.00 am - Sitting Meditation
10.00 am – 11.15 am - Dhamma Talk
11.15 am– 12.30 pm - Lunch/Yogi Jobs (to allow practitioners undisturbed mealtime, do not begin yogi jobs before 12:00)
12.30 pm – 1.00 pm - Rest
AFTERNOON - SESSION
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm - Walking Meditation
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm - Q & A /Dhamma Discussion
3.00 pm–4.00 pm - Walking Meditation
4.00 pm–5.00 pm - Sitting Meditation
5.00pm – 5.30 pm - Tea Break
EVENING - SESSION
5.30 pm – 6.00 pm - Walking Meditation
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm - Sitting Meditation
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm - Walking Meditation
8.00 pm – 9.00 pm - Sitting Meditation
9.00 pm - Retire
If you have questions or need further information about the retreat, please contact Bridgit Agsar/Bill Jones by e-mail at: InsightRetreatsFL@gmail.com