2-Day weekend Metta Retreat – September 2018


2-day weekend non-residential retreat for Mettā Meditation practice will take place at GLBV premises in Southfield Michigan on 29th and 30th of September 2018. You will be guided by two well experienced Buddhist monks with years of experience in various meditation techniques. 

Food
Breakfast and Lunch (such as rice, vegetarian curries and western food) will be provided by the retreat center. Only beverages will be served after 12:00 pm.

Teachers
Bhante Sankichcha & Bhante Kusala – Buddhist monks from the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition. They provide wisdom and training to devoted practitioners while living at the Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara. 

Charges
Teaching Dhamma is priceless and should be free. But, to help organize the retreat, help the center run smoothly and to support charity works of Bhantes, we have agreed to set an amount in the form of a suggested donation of minimum $50.00 per person (or whatever more one wishes to offer)..

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Retreat  Daily schedule:

 

AM

07:30 – 08:00      Arrival at the Vihara
08:00 – 08:30     Introduction, Taking Precepts, Vandana (devotional chants)

08:00 – 09:00     Light Breakfast, chores, and stretching (personal meditation and exercise)
09:00 – 10:00     Introduction to Brahma Viharas and guided meditation on Metta
10:00 – 11:00     Quiet Group Sitting – Meditation Hall
11:00 – 11:30     Individual Practice in the open, Personal interviews (05 min each)
11:30 – 12:00     Mindful Lunch, Silence

PM

12:00 – 01:30    Sitting in the open, Persona interviews
01:30 – 02:30     Talk by a Bhante
02:30 – 03:00     Sitting Practice
03:00 – 03:15     Tea break
03:15 – 03:45     Group Sitting
03:45 – 04:30     Q & A session, End

Mettā refers to loving kindness, and Brahmavihāra refers to the “Four Sublime Abodes” which includes loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity).
Please note that this is a totally silent retreat. We expect you to maintain noble silence, and to respect others who are also practicing noble silence during the course of this entire retreat. Those who do not cooperate will be asked to leave the meditation area.
Some wisdom from the Buddha: Those disciples of Gotama ever awaken happily whose minds by day and night delight in the practice of meditation. Dhammapada 301.
We sincerely hope that you can join this excellent opportunity to improve your practice!
Yours in Dhamma,
Bhante Sankicchcha
Bhante Kusala

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