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INTERNATIONAL
MEDITATION & BUDDHIST
STUDY 
RETREAT

(CHIANG MAI, THAILAND)


PURIFICATION OF THE MIND
TO ATTAIN ENLIGHTENMENT
18-23 AUGUST 2024

You are invited to attend the International Meditation & Buddhist Study Retreat held in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Wat Tung Yu, a Theravada Buddhist Temple, to learn and practice The Teachings of The Buddha through guided meditations, interactive group discussions, and connecting with an international Community of Practitioners to integrate these Teachings into your life practice for purification of the mind to attain Enlightenment. In addition to in-person attendance, there is also the option of online participation for this retreat, see below for details.
 
This retreat will provide you the opportunity to more deeply learn and practice The Teachings of The Buddha while connecting with our international Community of Practitioners and Teachers. You will have the opportunity to visit the largest population of people who are practicing The Teachings of The Buddha - The Kingdom of Thailand, while having the opportunity to meet members of this international Community.
 
Not only will you have the opportunity to learn these Teachings and meet members of this international Community of Practitioners and Teachers but, you will be surrounded by millions of Buddhist Practitioners for you to be able to observe how a society of Buddhist Practitioners function on a daily basis.

This will excellerate and deeply enhance your understanding and practice of these Teachings.

Your understanding and practice of these Teachings will be significantly improved by visiting "the source" of these Teachings located in Chiang Mai, Thailand - The International Headquarters of Buddhist Teachings.

Retreat Overview
 
This retreat focuses on guiding Students in developing a solid understanding of the pollutions of the unEnlightened mind, what symptoms you will observe due to these pollutions, how to eliminate them, and how to know you have eliminated them based on The Teachings and practices of Gotama Buddha (i.e. The Buddha) to progress towards the attainment Enlightenment where the mind will be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy - permanently. The retreat sessions will be dedicated to sharing The Teachings that will guide a Student to attain “Enlightenment” which results in the complete elimination of 100% of all discontent feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc.
 
Students will learn how to establish a “life practice” based on independent observation of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings. Students will be guided in how to acquire wisdom through learning and practicing The Teachings to liberate the mind on The Path to attaining Enlightenment by purifying the mind of the pollutions that keep it in the unEnlightened mental state.
 
At the conclusion of this retreat, Students will have a theoretical foundation to start integrating and applying these Teachings in daily life to include a consistent meditation practice to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, stress, anxiety, etc. Students will have a solid understanding of The Teachings that lead to Enlightenment and how to attain Enlightenment while having the support to accomplish this goal.
 
(All classes during the retreat are offered openly and freely to any and all participants, including children and families, at no cost. Students are welcome to attend classes/events during the retreat based on their own needs and interests. You are welcome to attend as many or as few of the retreat classes as you would like. There is no requirement to attend all the classes, as Students are welcome to come and go as they please.)
 
Each day, the retreat will start with the opportunity for you to participate in a guided meditation session. You will learn Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation in the seated, lying, standing, and walking positions, preparing the mind for the day ahead. These are the two most important meditation practices that train the mind to attain Enlightenment. You will also learn the Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings and Meditation to Realize Non-Self.
 
A morning session will offer in-depth talks on The Path to Enlightenment based on The Teachings of The Buddha to guide you to learn how to develop your life practice towards the attainment of Enlightenment where the mind will be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy - permanently.
 
You will have the opportunity to connect with new friends among an international Community of Practitioners with daily activities, free time, and excursions. It is suggested that Students integrate The Teachings from the morning sessions into their day through practicing The Teachings throughout the day.
 
An evening session will offer guided meditations with an opportunity to discuss and clarify Teachings from the morning session while exploring additional topics on The Path to Enlightenment.
 
The retreat is offered at no cost to all those with a sincere interest to learn and practice The Teachings of The Buddha on The Path to Enlightenment.

(For more details, see the Retreat Plan, Retreat Schedule, and Class Descriptions and contact us with any questions, as we are pleased to help you.)


Travel and Lodging
 
The retreat will be held at the central location of Wat Tung Yu in Chiang Mai, Thailand - a Theravada Buddhist Temple. You are welcome to reserve a room at any of the local hotels staying at a location that is accessible to the retreat venue. Those local to the Chiang Mai, Thailand area are also invited and welcome to attend, please be sure to register each participant for the retreat. 

Chiang Mai, Thailand is an inviting and welcoming small city with all products and services easily accessible by walking or public transportation - no rental car is needed. The retreat location is accessible by Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). The airport is only 5-10 minutes from the Temple where the retreat will be hosted.

You might consider the following lodging recommendations.

 
Ping Hostel - (50 meters to Temple)
99 The Heritage Hotel - (300 meters to Temple)
Le Meridien - (2 km to Temple)


Any and all hotels or lodging in and around Chiang Mai will be accessible to the retreat location at Wat Tung Yu. You are welcome to stay at a location that is accommodating to your needs. These are recommendations based on price and location as a low, mid, and high budget option. Food and other needs are readily accessible all throughout Chiang Mai and are within an easy walking distance.

Transportation from the airport to your destination is seamless with public transportation, taxis, and private cars available upon arrival.

Ongoing Support
 
Continued support and guidance is available to all Students beyond this retreat through books, audiobooks, videos, podcasts, online/in-person classes or retreats, online community, and personal guidance - offered openly and freely to all. You can gain access to these resources using this link.

https://www.buddhadailywisdom.com/

 
Online Participation

If you are unable to attend this retreat in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Wat Tung Yu, you are welcome to participate through our live stream and/or Zoom.

Live Stream
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFuun1phKgQnL5QdjpP9fEWwPTzSnsdul

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DailyWisdom999/events
Website: https://www.buddhadailywisdom.com/livestream

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/8850929240
Password: 999999

Donations

If you’d like to support this retreat, you are welcome to make your donations using this link. Your kind support is highly appreciated and will help create the very best retreat experience for you.

 
Donations will contribute to the cost of various expenses for the retreat.
 
https://www.buddhadailywisdom.com/supportbuddha

International Meditation & Buddhist Study Retreat - Chiang Mai, Thailand

RETREAT PLAN

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?

- The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View

- Transforming The Three Poisons: Craving, Anger, and Ignorance

- The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Enlightenment

- Understanding & Experiencing the Jhānas: The Light Bulb is Flickering
- Understanding & Experiencing The Four Stages of Enlightenment: The Complete End of Discontentedness

- Eliminating The Pollution of Personal Existence View: Getting “The Self” Out of The Way

- Eliminating The Pollution of Doubt: Mastering Confidence and Development of Wisdom

- Eliminating The Pollution of Wrong Behavior and Observances: Mastering Moral Conduct and Elimination of Superstition
- Eliminating The Pollution of Sensual Desire and Ill Will: Laying Down the Burden and Transforming Anger

- Eliminating The Pollution of Desire for Form and Formless: Eradicating The Craving for Existence and The Fear of Death

- Eliminating The Pollution of Conceit: Cultivating Humbleness to Dissolve the Ego

- Eliminating The Pollution of Restlessness: Peacefulness and Calmness of Mind to Last a Lifetime

- Discontentedness and Rebirth: Dependent Origination as The Highest Law of Nature

- Eliminating The Pollution of Ignorance: Mastering The Development of Wisdom to Fully Transform The Mind and Attain Enlightenment

- How to Determine If You Have Attained Enlightenment
- Meditation: Developing Your Practice


Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation, Loving-kindness Meditation, Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings, and Meditation to Realize Non-Self

- Meditation Positions: Seated, Lying, Standing, and Walking Position

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

RETREAT SCHEDULE

Sunday - 18 August 2024

3:00 PM - Welcome / Open Discussion - Retreat Plan and Schedule

Enlightenment: What is Enlightenment


5:30 PM - Dinner / Free Time / Excursions

Monday - 19 August 2024
 
9:00 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Seated)
 
10:30 AM - The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View

11:30 AM - Transforming The Three Poisons: Craving, Anger, and Ignorance

 
12:30 PM - Daily Activities / Free Time / Excursions
 
6:30 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Guided Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Seated, Lying, or Standing)

7:00 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers
 
The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Enlightenment
 
8:30 PM - Free Time
 
Tuesday - 20 August 2024
 
9:00 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Walking)
 
10:00 AM - Understanding & Experiencing the Jhānas: The Light Bulb is Flickering

11:30 AM - Understanding & Experiencing The Four Stages of Enlightenment: The Complete End of Discontentedness

12:30 PM - Daily Activities / Free Time / Excursions
 
6:30 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Guided Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Walking)
 
7:00 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers
 
Eliminating The Pollution of Personal Existence View: Getting “The Self” Out of The Way
 
8:30 PM - Free Time
 
Wednesday - 21 August 2024
 
9:00 AM - Meditation Instruction: Meditation to Realize Non-self (Seated)
 
10:30 AM - Eliminating The Pollution of Doubt: Mastering Confidence and Development of Wisdom

11:30 AM - Eliminating The Pollution of Wrong Behavior and Observances: Mastering Moral Conduct and Elimination of Superstition

 
12:30 PM - Daily Activities / Free Time / Excursions
 
6:30 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Guided Meditation to Realize Non-self (Seated, Lying, or Standing)

7:00 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

Eliminating The Pollution of Sensual Desire and Ill Will: Laying Down the Burden and Transforming Anger
 
8:30 PM - Free Time

Thursday - 22 August 2024
 
9:00 AM - Meditation Instruction: Loving-kindness Meditation (Seated)
 
10:00 AM - Eliminating The Pollution of Desire for Form and Formless: Eradicating The Craving for Existence and The Fear of Death

11:00 AM - Eliminating The Pollution of Conceit: Cultivating Humbleness to Dissolve the Ego

12:30 PM - Daily Activities / Free Time / Excursions
 
6:30 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Guided Loving-kindness Meditation (Seated, Lying, or Standing)
 
7:00 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

Eliminating The Pollution of Restlessness: Peacefulness and Calmness of Mind to Last a Lifetime

8:30 PM - Free Time
 
Friday - 23 August 2024
 
9:00 AM - Meditation Instruction: Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings (Seated)
 
10:00 AM - Discontentedness and Rebirth: Dependent Origination as The Highest Law of Nature

11:30 AM -  Eliminating The Pollution of Ignorance: Mastering The Development of Wisdom to Fully Transform The Mind and Attain Enlightenment


12:30 PM - Daily Activities / Free Time
 
2:00 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Guided Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings (Seated, Lying, or Standing)
 
2:30 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

How to Determine If You Have Attained Enlightenment
 
3:30 PM - Closing Group Discussion with Questions & Answers
 
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Students are welcome to attend classes/events during the retreat based on their own needs and interests.
 
You are welcome to participate in as many or as few of the classes/events during the retreat as you would like. All classes during the retreat are offered openly and freely to any and all participants, including children and families, at no cost. Each Student will need to cover the cost of their travel, lodging, and meals.
 
All instruction during the retreat is provided openly and freely by our Teacher.
 
David Roylance will provide all talks on meditation instruction and The Teachings of The Buddha.

Begin Your Learning
 
Students are encouraged to use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment” (Volume 1) and “Foundation in The Teachings” (Volume 3) by David Roylance as a source text for this retreat. Reading these books prior to the retreat can provide Students advance learning in preparation to gain the most benefit from the retreat.

The books can be accessed using this link. https://www.buddhadailywisdom.com/freebuddhabooks

OUR TEACHER

David Roylance


David Roylance is a dedicated Practitioner and Teacher of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings who has been part of the Thai community since 2001. He visited Thailand for the first time in 2002 and brought the Traditional Thai Healing Arts back to the United States of America to share with people in the Western World.


His Traditional Thai Healing Arts centers, located in the Washington DC area, provided traditional Thai healing arts to clients and educational opportunities to Students to explore the Thai healing arts, Thai culture, and The Teachings of Gotama Buddha. David is a published author with books on the topics of Traditional Thai Healing Arts and The Path That Leads to Enlightenment.


David has taught Gotama Buddha’s Teachings since 2005 in the United States of America. In 2015, he closed his businesses and relocated to Chiang Mai, Thailand to be closer to the Thai culture and the Thai Community of Buddhist Practitioners.


David shares Gotama Buddha’s Teachings with Household Practitioners and Ordained Practitioners in Chiang Mai, Thailand and around the world through courses, retreats, and special events providing guidance to help people attain Enlightenment - a peaceful, calm, serene, and content mind with joy.

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David Roylance

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Welcome / Retreat Plan and Schedule - Open Discussion
 
Students will participate in a welcome from our Teacher, David Roylance. David will lead an open discussion to provide Students with an overview of the retreat plan and schedule so that Students can get acquainted with the retreat activities and each other.
 
This is the perfect opportunity to connect with Students who will participate in the retreat and meet new friends while gaining insight into all the retreat classes, events, and activities.
 
Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Seated, Lying, Standing & Walking)
 
Learn Breathing Mindfulness Meditation in the seated, lying, standing, and walking positions to train the mind to cultivate mindfulness and concentration to attain Enlightenment through The Teachings of Gotama Buddha on The Path to Enlightenment.
 
David will guide you in understanding Breathing Mindfulness Meditation, how to do Breathing Mindfulness Meditation, guide you in doing Breathing Mindfulness Meditation during group meditation sessions, and will accept questions from Students to help you develop your "life practice”.
 
Meditation Instruction: Loving-kindness Meditation (Seated, Lying, & Standing)
 
Learn Loving-kindness Meditation to eliminate anger, hatred, ill will, resentment, negative self talk, and other discontent feelings associated with the unEnlightened mind.
 
David will help you understand "What is Loving-kindness Meditation", how it can help you, and how to do Loving-kindness Meditation during guided group meditation sessions of Loving-kindness Meditation.

Meditation Instruction: Meditation to Realize Non-self (Seated, Lying, & Standing)

As you progress on The Path to Enlightenment, you will eventually need to learn The Universal Truth of Non-self and that there is no permanent self, in order to realize “non-self” eradicating the fetter/taint of “personal existence view”. Non-self is a Teaching you need to understand but more importantly, it’s a realization that you need to attain as part of “The Path” to attain Enlightenment at any stage.

David will help you to understand the Meditation to Realize Non-self and how this can propel you towards eliminating the fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as "personal existence view" during guided group meditation sessions.


 
Meditation Instruction: Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings (Seated, Lying, & Standing)
 
Learn this specialized meditation to eliminate sexual cravings. This meditation would not be needed by all Practitioners but only those who are working to thin or eliminate sexual contact. This meditation can help a Practitioner improve their moral conduct so that they can more closely eliminate "sensual desire" through the complete elimination of sexual contact, if they choose.
 
David will help you understand how this meditation can benefit the development of your life practice and how to do this specialized meditation while guiding Students during guided group meditation sessions of the Meditation to Eliminate Sexual Cravings.
 
Buddhist Chanting
 
Buddhist chanting has been used throughout multiple generations to orally remember The Teachings of The Buddha. Each generation of Practitioners have learned specific chants and practiced those in the Pāli language as a way of sharing The Teachings of The Buddha with the next generation through the oral tradition.
 
Today, these Teachings are in the English language in multiple formats including written format so there is no need to learn chanting as a way to remember The Teachings in the Pāli language. But, Practitioners can still learn these traditional chants as a way to develop mindfulness, concentration, memory, and to ease the mind in and out of meditation sessions gaining more benefit in each meditation.
 
David will help you develop your Buddhist chanting practice through group chanting prior to and after each meditation session.
 
Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?
 
Enlightenment is attained gradually over time through learning and practicing The Buddha’s Teachings so that you can observe truth that will allow you to acquire wisdom.
 
But what is Enlightenment?
 
David will help you to understand the mental state of Enlightenment, how to progress on The Path to Enlightenment, and how to attain Enlightenment.

The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View
 
For anyone interested to explore and study The Path to Enlightenment, one must begin with a deep understanding of The Four Noble Truths.
 
The Four Noble Truths is the first discourse offered by The Buddha as his very first Teaching upon him attaining Enlightenment as The Fully Perfectly Enlightened Buddha.
 
The Four Noble Truths is the core understanding required to establish “Right View”. Right View gives a Practitioner’s mind the foundation in which to apply all the other Teachings and practices taught by The Buddha. A Practitioner would have no ability to attain Enlightenment unless they learned, reflected, and practiced The Four Noble Truths to establish “Right View”.
 
David will share The Four Noble Truths explaining the noble truth of discontentedness, the noble truth of the cause of discontentedness, the noble truth of the elimination of discontentedness, the noble truth of the way leading to the elimination of discontentedness to help you establish Right View.
 
Transforming The Three Poisons: Craving, Anger, and Ignorance
 
The Buddha’s Teachings to eliminate, craving, anger, and ignorance (unknowing of true reality) are known, for good reason, as The Three Poisons, The Three Unwholesome Roots, and The Three Fires. Also known as, greed, hatred, and delusion.
 
These are The Three Poisons that exist and are present in the mind as part of rebirth into the human realm. It is our goal, through these Teachings, to eliminate these Three Poisons through practice of non-craving or generosity, non-anger or loving-kindness, and non-ignorance or wisdom. To attain Enlightenment, one would need to completely eliminate The Three Poisons.
 
David will help you understand The Three Poisons, how they cause you problems in life, and how to eliminate them from the mind.

The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Enlightenment
 
The Buddha gave us “The Path” forward to pursuing our own Enlightenment as The Eight Fold Path. In his explanation of The Eight Fold Path, we learn exactly how to attain Enlightenment through a life practice or a better way of life.
 
The Eight Fold Path is the way to completely eliminate all discontentedness from the mind. You will need a detailed and thorough understanding and practice of The Eight Fold Path to attain Enlightenment.
 
Using The Words of The Buddha, David will share The Eight Fold Path in detail helping you to deeply understand each individual step to develop your life practice and progress towards Enlightenment.
 
Understanding & Experiencing the Jhānas: The Light Bulb is Flickering
 
The Jhānas are preliminary phases the mind goes through as it is nearing closer to the first Stage of Enlightenment providing an indication that your life practice is starting to come together. Every Practitioner who progresses to Enlightenment will need to progress through the Jhānas. But, how do you attain the Jhānas and move into the first Stage of Enlightenment?
 
David will help you to understand what the Jhānas are and how to attain them and, know when you have attained them so that you can continue your journey through the Jhānas and to Enlightenment.

Understanding & Experiencing The Four Stages of Enlightenment: The Complete End of Discontentedness

 
The mind moves through The Four Stages of Enlightenment on its way to the attainment of Enlightenment. Every Practitioner who progresses to Enlightenment will need to progress through these stages and will need to use them as a personal guide. Similar to a personal road map, learning The Four Stages of Enlightenment will help guide a Practitioner towards continuous improvements towards the attainment of Enlightenment.
 
David will help you to understand what The Four Stages of Enlightenment are and how to progress through them to attain Enlightenment.

Eliminating The Pollution of Personal Existence View: Getting “The Self” Out of The Way

 
To attain the first Stage of Enlightenment, a Practitioner will need to eliminate the fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as “personal existence view”. The Buddha provided Teachings on The Universal Truth of Non-self to guide Practitioners to eliminate “personal existence view”.
 
David will teach you what is “personal existence view”, how it is complicating your interactions with others inhibiting harmony in relationships, and how by eliminating it one can reside more peaceful. He will guide you in understanding how to eliminate “personal existence view” from the mind and how to determine when it is eliminated, so that one is able to progress to the first Stage of Enlightenment and beyond.
 
Eliminating The Pollution of Doubt: Mastering Confidence and Development of Wisdom
 
A Practitioner who starts off on The Path to Enlightenment most likely has a certain amount of “doubt” about whether these Teachings lead to Enlightenment or if Enlightenment is actually even “real”. As one develops their “life practice” on The Path to Enlightenment, a Practitioner will need to eliminate the fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as “doubt”. However, this is not accomplished through belief or blind faith. Instead, there are specific Teachings of how to eliminate “doubt” from the mind through mastering confidence and developing wisdom.
 
David will teach you what is “doubt”, how it is hindering your progress on The Path to Enlightenment, and how by eliminating it one can continue their forward progress to the first Stage of Enlightenment and beyond.
 
Eliminating The Pollution of Wrong Behavior and Observances: Mastering Moral Conduct and Elimination of Superstition
 
During the life of Gotama Buddha, there were countless practices being taught and employed by various Teachers that could be considered rites, rituals, ceremonies, and worship. These practices did not lead to Enlightenment so Gotama Buddha helped guide his Students to understanding how to train the mind to progress to Enlightenment without rites, rituals, ceremonies, and worship. He also taught moral conduct that would lead to a practice of harmlessness through our intentions, speech, actions, and livelihood so that no harm would be returned to you.
 
David will teach you what is “wrong behavior and observances”, how it is an obstacle to experiencing Enlightenment, and how by eliminating it one can experience improved results in their personal and professional relationships while bringing the mind into the first Stage of Enlightenment and beyond.

Eliminating The Pollution of Sensual Desire and Ill Will: Laying Down the Burden and Transforming Anger
 
To attain the second, third, and fourth Stages of Enlightenment, a Practitioner will need to greatly thin and then eliminate the fetters/taints/pollutions of mind described as “sensual desire” and "ill will". The Buddha provided extensive Teachings on sensual desire and ill will to guide Practitioners to eliminate these pollutions of mind which are obstacles to your Enlightenment.
 
David will teach you what are “sensual desire and ill will”, how the symptoms of these pollutions of mind are causing significant difficulties in your life, and how by eliminating them one can reside more peaceful. He will guide you in understanding how to eliminate “sensual desire and ill will” from the mind and how to determine when they are eliminated, so that one is able to progress to the second, third, and fourth Stages of Enlightenment.
 
Eliminating The Pollution of Desire for Form and Formless: Eradicating The Craving for Existence and The Fear of Death
 
The fear of death plagues the mind of many people. Eliminating the fear of the "end of life" will allow an individual to more fully enjoy all aspects of life.
 
David will teach you how to eliminate the craving for existence and the fear of death, so that one is able to progress to the fourth Stage of Enlightenment where the mind is actually Enlightened.

Eliminating The Pollution of Conceit: Cultivating Humbleness to Dissolve the Ego
 
Dissolving the ego can be one of the most challenging aspects of progressing to Enlightenment. Arrogance, pride, judgment, measuring and comparing others, and placing yourself above or below others are all detrimental to residing harmoniously in your relationships. It is important to eliminate the ego but, how do you cultivate humbleness and dissolve the ego?
 
David will teach you how the fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as "conceit" is causing significant difficulties in your life and relationships. He will guide you in understanding what is the ego, how it produces unwholesome affects you in daily life, and how to eliminate it from the mind.
 
Eliminating The Pollution of Restlessness: Peacefulness and Calmness of Mind to Last a Lifetime
 
The unEnlightened mind is oftentimes overactive, anxious, or restless. An individual could have difficulty concentrating in daily life and even have rapid bodily movements. An overactive mind will make it difficult to have clarity of mind to make wise decisions leading to wholesome outcomes. Therefore, one will find themselves making unwise decisions that lead to unwholesome outcomes.
 
David will teach you how the fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as "restlessness" makes it difficult to think clearly and make wise decisions. He will guide you in eliminating restlessness from the mind so that you can have clarity of thought and eliminate unwise decisions that are leading to unwholesome outcomes creating the opportunity for wiser decision making and a more successful and fulfilling life.

Discontentedness and Rebirth: Dependent Origination as The Highest Law of Nature

 
Gotama Buddha shared The Four Noble Truths which explains the problem of the unEnlightened mind, the cause, the elimination, and the path leading to the elimination of the problem in the unEnlightened mind which focuses on craving/desire/attachment at its core. But, it is his Teaching on Dependent Origination that fully explains, in detail, exactly what the twelve (12) interconnecting links are that cause all the problems in the unEnlightened mind and what leads to rebirth in The Cycle of Rebirth.
 
A Practitioner who has attained the first Stage of Enlightenment will understand, in detail, The Teaching of Dependent Origination.
 
David will teach you Dependent Origination as “The Highest Law of Nature” so that you will fully and deeply understand the causes and conditions that lead to discontentedness in the unEnlightened mind and what leads to rebirth in The Cycle of Rebirth.
 
Eliminating The Pollution of Ignorance: Mastering The Development of Wisdom to Fully Transform The Mind and Attain Enlightenment
 
The attainment of Enlightenment requires the cultivation of wisdom. However, the progression to Enlightenment is more than just an intellectual pursuit. There needs to be intellectual learning but, there also needs to be a well developed "practice" of The Teachings of the Buddha to fully transform the mind to attain Enlightenment.
 
David will teach you how transform the mind's fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as "ignorance" or "unknowing of true reality", by cultivating deep wisdom. He will help you understand how to eliminate false beliefs and opinions by replacing it with independently verifiable wisdom to fully transform the mind to Enlightenment through discovering the truth.
 
How to Determine If You Have Attained Enlightenment?
 
This retreat is dedicated to guiding Practitioners to develop the understanding and wisdom needed to progress through The Stages of Enlightenment. By attaining Enlightenment, a Practitioner will ultimately eliminate 100% of all discontent feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc. residing peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy - permanently. Once the mind is Enlightened, the mind will not regress and instead, will experience the remaining time of this life without any discontentedness or even the slightest bad mood. The mind will always be in a good mood.
 
But, how do you know if you have attained Enlightenment?
 
David will teach you how to determine if you have attained Enlightenment and what will be experienced by the Practitioner when the mind is residing in the Enlightened mental state.
 
Daily Activities / Free Time / Excursions
 
There are daily activities, free time, and excursions built into the retreat plan where you are welcome to enjoy an activity with other retreat participants by planning your own activities during the free time or participate in one of the suggested activities recommended at the retreat. You are also welcome to spend time at the retreat meditating, reading, eating food, or just relaxing. The free time is for you to reflect on The Teachings being shared and implement them into your daily interactions, while getting to know new friends and enjoying local activities that you choose.
 
You are also welcome to spend time in personal discussion with the Teacher through seeking support with specific challenges you are experiencing in life and how to apply these Teachings in your life.
 
Lunch & Dinners
 
Students will have a full range of restaurants to eat meals or are welcome to bring their own food. Students will need to support the cost of their own meals.
 
Closing Group Discussion with Questions & Answers
 
David will lead a closing group discussion providing the opportunity for Students to ask any remaining questions from all the talks in the retreat receiving answers to any questions that still remain.

RESTORATION OF
THE BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS
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THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

The Buddha taught over 2,500 years ago. He taught The Path to Enlightenment guiding countless beings to a mental state that is peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy that is permanent, where the mind has eliminated 100% of all discontent feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc.


Immediately following the death of The Buddha (i.e. Gotama Buddha), The Teachings were shining in the world continuing to guide countless people to Enlightenment. But, over the course of many generations, just as Gotama Buddha predicted, people’s understanding of his Teachings gradually diminished due to modifications and adjustments made by people after him. The modifications made to his Teachings, handed down through oral transmission, have made it increasingly difficult for human beings to attain Enlightenment.


The goal of David’s Teachings is to root the learning and practice he shares in “The Words of The Buddha” based on The Teachings that existed during the lifetime of Gotama Buddha, so that countless beings can now attain Enlightenment based on the original Path to Enlightenment discovered and declared by Gotama Buddha.


David does this through connecting what he teaches to the largest most complete source of Teachings from Gotama Buddha - The Pāli Canon. The Pāli Canon is the original source text of The Teachings from Gotama Buddha as spoken by him during his lifetime.


David has spent countless hours dedicated to restoring The Words of The Buddha by updating a significant portion of the translations of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings from The Pāli Canon. He now offers several resources for Students to learn, reflect, and practice The Path to Enlightenment to experience the results of an Enlightened mind.


David offers books, audiobooks, videos, podcasts, online learning programs, personal guidance, and retreats without any requirement for financial support. All the work that is being done is offered openly and freely for all beings without any requirement to provide any financial support. David accepts donations but Students are not required to provide donations for any work that he does in supporting them on The Path to Enlightenment. David does not request donations and instead, just accepts whatever is offered to him, if anything at all.


His dedication to sharing these Teachings is not motivated by finances. He shares openly and freely with everyone who has a sincere interest in learning and practicing The Path to Enlightenment.


Ultimately, David plans to preserve The Teachings of The Buddha in a format that is easily, readily, and openly accessible to anyone in the world while offering support to learn, reflect, and practice to experience the results of the Enlightened mind.


His plan is to guide countless people to Enlightenment during his lifetime and leave a Community of Enlightened beings who can continue to share The Teachings long after his death. Through developing a Community of Enlightened beings and preserving The Path to Enlightenment in resources that are easily, readily, and openly accessible to anyone in the world, David is revealing the hidden Teachings of Gotama Buddha and doing the best he can to remove any obstacles one might have to learn, reflect, and practice these Teachings, allowing countless people to experience the results of an Enlightened mind.


Upon his death, David predicts that his closest Student, his son and a continued lineage of Teachers, will share these same Teachings continuing to support and grow The Community of Enlightened beings long into the future - for the next 1000 years.


These efforts will culminate into restoring The Path to Enlightenment back into the world so that all of humanity can experience Enlightenment evolving the human species to one where every being has the opportunity to attain Enlightenment creating “heaven on earth”.

THE GOAL
AN ENTIRE SPECIES OF ENLIGHTENED BEINGS

Having experienced Enlightenment and knowing the peace, calm, serenity, and contentedness with joy that comes with having attained Enlightenment, a Buddha’s goal is to share his Teachings worldwide so that “all beings” can experience Enlightenment.


The Enlightened mind no longer experiences any discontent feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, anxiety, stress, etc.


All discontent feelings have been eliminated 100% from the Enlightened mind (i.e. all suffering is eliminated).


An Enlightened mind will have loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and generosity among many other wholesome qualities.


Can you imagine an entire world where all human beings have liberated their mind to no longer experience these discontent feelings and are practicing wholesome qualities of mind at all times?


With “The Buddha” (Gotama Buddha) having attained this permanent mental state of Enlightenment on his own as The Perfectly Enlightened Buddha, he would have known that through his dedicated and persistent pursuit to Enlightenment, he had acquired the wisdom needed to guide “all beings” to this same mental state.


However, his teaching career of 45 years would not be enough time to share his Teachings worldwide. He knew, that it would require many centuries for his Teachings to reach all parts of the world. During his lifetime, travel of people and information was limited based on several constraints.


Today, we are in a unique time in history where these same constraints have been eliminated. A time when people and information are able to travel around the world in an instant.


Not only can information travel quickly but all of humanity is slowly coming to the point where there is a common language spoken around the world - the English language.


Criteria exist today that did not exist during Gotama Buddha’s lifetime that make now the perfect time for all of humanity to gradually attain Enlightenment realizing a better existence.


  • People can travel worldwide.

  • Information can be shared worldwide in an instant.

  • Commonly spoken language among a large percentage of the worldwide population and this is only growing.


These criteria did not exist during the lifetime of Gotama Buddha and it is only now that the world has come into an age where his original goal is realistically possible.


But, during Gotama Buddha’s lifetime it seems they had something that we may not have….


The people during Gotama Buddha’s lifetime had perseverance and dedication to learning, reflecting, and practicing The Teachings to realize the results of experiencing the Enlightened mind. They were not afraid of hard work.


With our modern day conveniences, I am unsure how many people are willing to apply their determination, dedication, and diligence with time, effort, energy, and resources towards The Path to Enlightenment with the goal to experience the Enlightened mind.


When a being decides they are finished with the sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fear, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, etc., that is the time when one can turn towards The Teachings and goal of experiencing Enlightenment.


Through each individual deciding to learn and practice The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, as a collective world, our species will gradually evolve. We evolve to a higher consciousness where we train the mind to not harm others through our intentions, speech, nor actions.


Through each individual deciding to learn, reflect, and practice The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, each person benefits and we all benefit as there will be less and less harm in the world.


Through individuals deciding to focus on developing a comprehensive approach to learning and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha with guidance from a Teacher, your life drastically improves and the entire world improves essentially creating “heaven on earth”.


We do not need to “fix” the world. That is not the problem. The problem is the unEnlightened mind does not understand The Natural Laws of Existence and it is quite a struggle to live in a world that one does not understand.


Through learning and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, a Practitioner comes to deeply understand The Natural Laws of Existence to acquire wisdom that will end the struggles and misery one may face on a regular basis.


Are you ready to apply determination, dedication, and diligence with time, effort, energy, and resources towards The Path to Enlightenment with the goal to experience Enlightenment?


If one enjoys anger, sadness, boredom, loneliness, resentment, etc., there is nothing to do.


But, if you are interested to eliminate these unwelcomed feelings from the mind, then I suggest you turn towards The Path to Enlightenment and apply your dedication and diligence to learning, reflecting, and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha.


And then, as all of humanity gradually experiences Enlightenment we will have accomplished “the goal”.


“An entire species of Enlightened beings”.

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