SHAMATHA MEDITATION RETREAT

November 9 – 11, 2019

Shamatha (calm abiding) meditation – is the practice of cultivating a focused, clear and calm mind. Developing a mindfulness practice is essential for those who wish to pacify the unruly, agitated states of mind that accompany modern living.

Join us this November at Tashi Gatsel Ling for a 3 day Shamatha-mindfulness weekend

Having the interest and wish to join a 3-day meditation retreat is a unique and precious opportunity. It is seldom that we have the time/wish/ability to step away from our very busy daily life and make time to turn inwardly, learn to observe our own mind and to center our awareness in a peaceful practice. Some experience in meditation is recommended for the most beneficial retreat.

Tashi Gatsel Ling and Ani Tenzin Dasel, the retreat leader, are aiming to provide participants with a peaceful, conducive environment to support their practice of mindfulness, meditation, silence and reflection during the course.  The principles of moral behavior – setting an ethical foundation to ground your practice of meditation – is essential, therefore we ask all those participating to respect these rules of conduct.  We also request participants to refrain from listening to music/playing music/ using the internet or cell phone while they are on retreat.

The Shamatha weekend will be held in SILENCE (outside the guided meditation and Q&A sessions). The silence is extremely important to course participants. Being in silence allows us to calm our minds and creates (over time) more spaciousness and peace in one’s mind. If it is your first time doing a silent retreat – embrace this experience, and use these rare 3 days of not talking to direct your attention and energy inwardly instead of outwardly.

  • Space is limited to the first 10 people to register. The retreat is by donation to help Ani la cover travel costs to India. Please plan to attend the entire weekend. Partial attendance may be permitted.   Please email perley@maine.rr.com for reservation.
  • Accommodations will be available in walking distance or short 10-minute drive to nearby yurts (cost will be the responsibility of participants, but a special rate will be offered).    
  • Breakfast & lunch will be the responsibility of participants, there is a local option within a 5-minute drive or bring food. 

Day 1 (Saturday, Nov. 9)

10:00-12:00 1st session

12 – 1:30 lunch break on your own

1:30 – 2:30 2nd session

2:45 – 3:30 walking meditation

3:30 – 4:00 tea break

4:00 – 5:30 3rd session w/Q&A

5:30 – 6:30 simple dinner provided

6:30 – 7:00 evening meditation

Day 2 (Sunday, Nov.10)

7:00 – 8:00 breakfast on your own

8:00 – 9:30 1st session

9:30 – 10:00 tea break

10:00 – 11:30 2nd session

11:30 – 1:00 lunch break on your own

1:00 – 2:30 3rd session

2:45 – 3:30 walking meditation

3:30 – 4:00 tea break

4:00 – 5:30 4th session

5:30 – 6:30 simple dinner provided

6:30 – 7:00 evening meditation

Day 3 (Monday, Nov. 11)

7:00 – 8:00 breakfast on your own

8:00 – 9:30 1st session

9:30 – 10:00 tea break

10:00 – 11:30 2nd session

11:30 – 1:00 lunch break together at The Market at Pineland

1:15 – 2:30 last session and practice advice.

2:30 – 3:00 feedback/group photo

3:00-Freshly finished

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