Ānāpānasati Retreat

2-Day weekend Ānāpānasati Retreat on Samatha (Tranquility) and Vipassanā (insight) January 2019

2-day weekend non-residential retreat for Ānāpānasati Meditation practice will take place at the GLBV premises in Southfield Michigan on 19th and 20th of January 2019. You will be guided by two well experienced Buddhist monks with years of experience in various meditation techniques.

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.

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.

Suggested Donations:
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).


Retreat  Daily schedule: 

07:30 – 08:00      Arrival at the Vihara
08:00 – 08:30     Introduction, Taking Precepts, Vandanā (devotional chants)
08:00 – 09:00     Light Breakfast, chores, and stretching (personal meditation and exercise)
09:00 – 10:00     Introduction to Ānāpānasati Suta and guided meditation on Mindfulness of Breathing
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


12:00 – 01:30    Sitting in the open, Personal 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

Ānāpānasati refers to mindfulness in breathing, this is practiced together with (samatha) tranquility and insight (vipassanā).

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:
Mindful and striving, pure, restrained and righteous, man advances to fame and prosperity.
-Dhammapada 24.

We sincerely hope that you can join this excellent opportunity to improve your practice!

Yours in Dhamma,
Bhante Sankicchcha
Bhante Kusala