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CLASSES, COURSES & RETREATS

We offer these in-person and online classes, courses, and retreats for all Students in Chiang Mai, Thailand and around the world.

All our learning opportunities are offered at no cost. These learning opportunities are supported by
Student donations that contribute to our work and expenses to provide these Teachings. There is no expectation nor requirement of a donation to learn and participate in any of our learning opportunities.


You can invite our Teacher to your community to share any of these classes, courses, or retreats. For those interested in a class, course, or retreat customized to your groups needs, please contact us for further discussion.

All classes, courses, and retreats are based on The Path to Enlightenment from the book series titled The Words of The Book - The Path to Enlightenment - Revealing The Hidden.

Calendar Events View of Classes, Courses, and Retreats
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CLASSES & TOURS

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CHIANG MAI
MEDITATION & BUDDHIST STUDY COMMUNITY

Join us on Sundays, Wednesdays and/or Saturdays @ 9:00 AM for a group meditation session with Teachings, discussion, and guidance on The Path to Enlightenment. These same classes are available through online learning.
 

Dates: Every Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday

Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Price: No Cost - Donations are accepted but not expected nor required

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Online

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

(To register or attend online, click REGISTER HERE in the below.)
 

Sundays @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
(The Group Learning Program - REGISTER HERE)
(Meditation, Teachings, & Student Questions)

Wednesdays @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
(The Group Learning Program - REGISTER HERE)
(Meditation, Teachings, & Student Questions)

Saturdays @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
(The Words of The Buddha - The Pali Canon in English Study Group - REGISTER HERE)
(Meditation, Teachings, & Student Questions)

 

(No need to register for these class. You are welcome to arrive at Wat Tung Yu based on this schedule and join the classes. If you would like to register, you can use the above links.)

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9:00 AM: Welcome and Guided Meditation with Buddhist Chanting

9:30 AM: Teaching and Discussion

Sundays
(Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment - Volume 1 - Progressing Chapter by Chapter in Each Session)


Wednesdays
(
Meditation, Teachings, & Student Questions)


Saturdays
(The Words of The Buddha - Volumes 2-13 - Progressing Chapter by Chapter in Each Session)

(All are welcome to attend these classes. Offered openly and freely to "all beings".)

You are welcome to join members for food after class at one of the many local restaurants.

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Map to Wat Tung Yu
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Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/chiangmaimeditationandbuddhiststudycommunity

Complete Schedule of Classes in Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/chiangmaimeditationandbuddhiststudycommunity/events

Calendar Events View of Classes, Courses, and Retreats (In-person and Online)
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ENTRANCE TO CLASSROOM

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BUDDHIST TOUR - VISIT WAT UMONG AND WAT DOI SUTHEP (8-HOURS)

 

Dates: 10 May, 7 June, 5 July, 9 August, 6 September, 11 October, 8 November, or 6 December 2024.

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Price: No Cost - Donations are accepted but not expected nor required

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand) visiting Wat Umong & Wat Doi Suthep

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

Visit a forest Temple (Wat Umong) and the famous Wat Doi Suthep to learn Temple artwork/architecture/symbolism, Thai culture, and Buddhist Teachings while seeing wonderful Chiang Mai scenery. 

(It is said that if you visit Chiang Mai and you do not visit Wat Doi Suthep then you have not visited Chiang Mai.)

We will tour two different Temples to discuss the similarities and differences along with guidance in learning The Teachings of The Buddha to include meditation.

Learn the connections between the Temple architecture and Gotama Buddha's Teachings guiding you to create a peaceful, calm, serene, and content mind with joy through the pursuit of Enlightenment.

 

Transportation will be organized at the event and shared among all the Students. Each Student will need to contribute approximately 200-300 THB towards their transportation.
This event is offered at no cost. Donations will be accepted to contribute to the expense of hosting the event. All are welcome and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Come enjoy!!!

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8:45AM: Arrive Wat Tung Yu - Chiang Mai City
9:30AM: Depart for Wat Umong (Thai Forest Temple) for a learning tour
10:00AM: Arrive Wat Umong
11:30AM: Depart for Restaurant on Doi Suthep

12:00AM: Lunch - Arrive at Restaurant on Doi Suthep

1:30PM: Arrive Wat Doi Suthep for a learning tour and beautiful views from the mountain top
5:00PM: Arrive Wat Tung Yu - Chiang Mai City

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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.

He has toured over 200 different Buddhist Temples helping Students to understand Gotama Buddha's Teachings embedded in the symbolism and architecture of the Temples.

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.

(No need to register for this tour. You are welcome to arrive at Wat Tung Yu based on this schedule and join the tour. If you would like to register, you can use this link.)

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TEMPLE GAME FUN NIGHT

 

Dates: 3 May, 31 May, 14 June, 28 June, 12 July, 2 August, 16 August, 30 August, 4 October, 18 October, 1 November, 15 November, 29 November,  2024.

Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Price: No Cost - Contributions for the food and drinks are welcome

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

Join into the fun at Wat Tung Yu in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Come together for social time while enjoying some games, conversation, food, and drinks.

COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO THE TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA
(3-HOURS)

Dates: 4 May, 1 June, 29 June, 3 August, 31 August, 5 October, 2 November, or 30 November 2024.

Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Price: No Cost - Donations are accepted but not expected nor required

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand) or Online

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

(To register or attend online, click LEARN MORE in the below.)

This course is an introduction to The Teachings and practices of The Buddha.

 

You will learn “What is a Buddha”, “What The Teachings of The Buddha are and are not”, how a Practitioner can develop a “life practice” based on independent verification of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings to determine if they are true or false.

 

Students will be introduced to how they can acquire wisdom through learning, reflecting (i.e. independently verifying), and practicing The Teachings of The Buddha, leading to Enlightenment.

 

Students will learn the very first Teaching of The Buddha which describes the problem in the unEnlightened mind, the cause of the problem, the elimination of the problem, and the path to eliminating the problem. Students can experience a break through to finally understand what is causing the discontent feelings in their mind and how to eliminate them on The Path to Enlightenment.

 

At the conclusion of this course, Students will have learned an introduction to these Teachings and an introduction to developing a meditation practice to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc. 

 

The Enlightened mind will experience peacefulness, calmness, serenity, and contentedness with joy - permanently. The Enlightened mind will no longer experience any discontent feelings and this course can be your first step in that direction.

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talk)

- Introduction to The Teachings of The Buddha

- The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View

 

Meditation

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation 

- Meditation Position: Seated

(There are no prerequisites for this course. You can also attend this course online. You will find more details by clicking "LEARN MORE".)

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description and to register for this course.

Upcoming Courses

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FOUNDATION IN THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT - MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE
(30-HOURS)

Dates: 6-10 May, 3-7 June, 1-5 July, 5-9 August, 2-6 September, 23-27 September (Mexico), 7-11 October, 4-8 November, or 2-6 December 2024.

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Price: No Cost - Donations are accepted but not expected nor required

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Online

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

(To register or attend online, click LEARN MORE in the below.)

This course focuses on guiding Students in developing a solid foundation in The Teachings and practices of Gotama Buddha.

 

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.

 

At the conclusion of this course, 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, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc.

 

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Life Story of Gotama Buddha

- Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?

- The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View

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

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

- The Five Precepts: A Householder's Guide to Daily Practice

- What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?

- What is Merit? & Continued Support on The Path to Enlightenment

- Integrating The Teachings into Your Life

- Meditation: Developing Your Practice

- Buddhist Temple Tour

Meditation Practice

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation

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

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

(There are no prerequisites for this course. You can also attend this course online. You will find more details by clicking "LEARN MORE".)

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description and to register for this course.

Upcoming Courses

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HARMONY IN RELATIONSHIPS - MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE

(30-HOURS)

Dates: 15-19 April, 15-19 July, or 21-25 October 2024.

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Price: No Cost - Donations are accepted but not expected nor required

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Online

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

(To register or attend online, click LEARN MORE in the below.)

This course builds on a Student's knowledge from the Foundation in The Path to Enlightenment - Meditation Practitioner Course focusing on guiding Students in strengthening their understanding and practice of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings to develop harmony in relationships.

 

Students will learn how to improve their decision making through elimination of The Three Poisons, Cultivating Healthy Mental States, Understanding True Love, and other course content to help you improve your personal and professional relationships. Students will gain understanding of how to eliminate sabotage to their relationships while eliminating the pollutions that are hindering you from attaining Enlightenment.

 

This course will guide Students in developing the ability to realize a peaceful life through cultivating a peaceful, calm, serene, and content mind with joy through being able to identify and eliminate cravings/desires/attachments.

 

At the conclusion of this course, Students will have a strengthened theoretical foundation while being able to integrate and apply these Teachings in daily life to include a consistent and developed meditation practice that will improve your personal and professional relationships.

 

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Enlightenment
- Transforming The Three Poisons: Craving, Anger, and Ignorance

- Identifying Cravings: Cultivating Non-Craving and Analysis of The Mind

- Cultivating Healthy Mental States: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity

- True Love: Love Without Attachment
- Practicing in a World of the Unknowing: Relationships with Non-Practitioners
- Sharing The Path to Enlightenment: How to Guide Children Along The Path?
- Practicing Non-Attachment: How to Eliminate Attachment to Those Who Are Closest to Us?

- Developing & Maintaining Relationships: Choosing Wholesome Friends and a Life Partner

- The Path to Enlightenment: Practicing “The Path” in the Workplace
- The Art of The Friendly "No": How to Say "No" Without Saying "No"

Meditation Practice

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation

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

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

(There are no prerequisites for this course. You can also attend this course online. You will find more details by clicking "LEARN MORE".)

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description and to register for this course.

Upcoming Courses

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EXPERIENCING THE JHĀNAS & THE FOUR STAGES OF ENLIGHTENMENT - MEDITATION PRACTITIONER COURSE

(30-HOURS)

Dates: 17-21 July, or 18-22 November 2024.

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Price: No Cost - Donations are accepted but not expected nor required

Location: Wat Tung Yu (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and Online

(You will find us in our classroom in the large yellow building. MAP)

(To register or attend online, click LEARN MORE in the below.)

This course will help to develop a Student’s knowledge beyond the average foundational course focusing on guiding Students in deepening their understanding and practice of The Teachings of The Buddha to experience The Jhānas and The Four Stages of Enlightenment.

 

The Jhānas are preliminary phases the mind moves through prior to the first Stage of Enlightenment where the benefits of learning, reflecting, and practicing these Teachings start to allow the mind to experience “glimpses” of Enlightenment. Increased and improved qualities of mind are deeply experienced as the mind is entering the Jhānas.

 

Deep focus, concentration, memory, and clarity of mind are starting to be experienced in ways that did not exist prior to a Practitioner fully developing their life practice on The Path to Enlightenment. Once the mind has experienced all Four Stages of Enlightenment, all discontent feelings will be 100% eliminated. The Enlightened mind will no longer experience any feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc.

 

At the conclusion of this course, Students will have a deepened theoretical foundation while being able to deeply integrate and apply these Teachings in daily life that includes a solid meditation practice that leads to experiencing significant results to the quality of mind as it experiences progress towards the Jhānas and The Four Stages of Enlightenment.

 

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

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

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

- Understanding & Experiencing the Jhānas: The Light Bulb is Flickering

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

- Eradicating Pollution of The Mind: Eliminating The Ten Fetters

- Training The Mind to Acquire Concentration: Developing Singleness of Mind in a Distracting World
- Dissolving the Ego: Ego Serves No Purpose
- Animal to Human: The Evolution of Our Consciousness

- Eliminating Fears: Are You Really Scared?

- God's Creative Action: You Have Free Will

- The Five Hindrances: Removing Obstructions to Your Enlightenment

- How to Determine If You Have Attained Enlightenment

 

Meditation Practice

- 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

(There are no prerequisites for this course. You can also attend this course online. You will find more details by clicking "LEARN MORE".)

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description and to register for this course.

Upcoming Courses

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BUDDHIST TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM (6 YEARS)

This program develops a Practitioner’s ability and confidence in sharing Gotama Buddha’s Teachings. This program focuses on ensuring a Teacher Training candidate has the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to teach and guide Students in learning and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha.


At the conclusion of this course, Teacher Training candidates will have the ability to conduct discussions (dhamma talks), teach meditation, and guide Students in developing their understanding and practice of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings to attain Enlightenment.


Requirements to Complete Program

- Ability to teach Foundation in The Path to Enlightenment, Harmony in Relationships, and Experiencing the Jhānas and The Four Stages of Enlightenment courses.

- Ability to lead and teach in a retreat setting.

- Organize and conduct a community outreach program.

- Reside in Thailand for an accumulated two (2) years.

- Additional requirements as discussed throughout the program with Teacher.


Class Schedule & Location

Taught as an apprenticeship program in classes, courses, and retreats over a period of six (6) years starting from the date of the Student's first Foundation in The Path to Enlightenment - Meditation Practitioner Course.


Donation

This course is offered at no cost. Donations will be accepted to contribute to the expense of hosting the program. All are welcome and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Certificate

Each Teacher Training candidate will receive a certificate that acknowledges their completion of the program. Graduates will be required to renew their certificate every two (2) years through continuing education programs.


Prerequisite

(Complete Each Course as a Student Two (2) Times)


- Foundation in The Path to Enlightenment - Meditation Practitioner Course
- Harmony in Relationships - Meditation Practitioner Course

- Experiencing the Jhānas and The Four Stages of Enlightenment - Meditation Practitioner Course


Two (2) Years of Practical Experience Starting from Foundation in The Path to Enlightenment - Meditation Practitioner Course.

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"Wander forth, O Monks, for the welfare of the multitude (many), for the peacefulness of the multitude (many), out of compassion for the world, for the good, welfare, and peacefulness of heavenly beings and humans.

Teach, O Monks, The Teachings that is good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end, with the right meaning and phrasing.


Reveal the perfectly complete and purified holy life. There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear The Teachings. There will be those who will understand The Teachings."


- Gotama Buddha

RETREATS

Upcoming Retreats

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FOUNDATION IN THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT - ACTIVE RETREAT (5-DAYS)

Have you participated in a silent retreat that resulted in challenges that were difficult to overcome during the retreat? Did you have an outstanding retreat experience to only have it fall apart after returning back to the “real world”?

 

Silent retreats can be helpful but you can oftentimes have a significant challenge when returning back to an active life. The silent retreat is peaceful and serene with all the participants on their “best behavior” through dedicated meditation and training. But when you leave the silent retreat environment and face the real world, your retreat experience can oftentimes get eroded and you are back where you started.

 

What is an active retreat?

An active retreat is an opportunity for you to experience a retreat environment to either develop or deepen your learning and practice of Teachings that train the mind to be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy while also participating in normal activities throughout the retreat.

 

You will have the opportunity to learn Teachings then integrate them into a normal active life through daily activities engaged in the local community.

 

In this way, you will learn and practice The Teachings as part of a retreat atmosphere while engaging in daily activities inside and outside the retreat setting. This allows you to learn and grow while applying The Teachings in everyday life. Learning through an active retreat will feel like a holiday with good wholesome people who are interested to understand how to develop and integrate Teachings for a healthy body and mind into daily life.

 

One can not meditate their way to Enlightenment. The Enlightened Path requires learning and practicing Teachings that include meditation but also many other aspects need to be either eliminated or cultivated in the mind based on personal choices.

 

You will have the opportunity to learn and practice these along with other Teachings in this retreat.

 

This active retreat will provide you the opportunity to learn these Teachings and practice them so that you will be able to integrate them into your daily life through wise personal choices to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, stress, anxiety, etc.

 

After the retreat experience, we provide you on-going support to learn and practice The Teachings through online guidance.

 

Daily Schedule

 

6:00 AM: Wake Up/Personal Hygiene/Free Time

7:30 AM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 AM: Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks) 

9:30 AM: Breakfast

10:30 AM: Mindfulness Gong Bath

12:00 PM: Daily Activity Experiences with Lunch

 

Learn and understand local culture and historical sites
(Buddhist Temples and Cultural Tour Experiences based on seasonal availability.)

 

There will be two (2) days of activities outside the retreat setting. There will be three (3) days of free time within the retreat setting.

 

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 PM: Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

9:00 PM: Free Time

 

The morning “Teachings & Discussion (Dhamma Talk)“ sessions will focus on learning The Teachings that lead to Enlightenment as shared by Gotama Buddha. The evening “Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers” sessions will be dedicated to open discussion based on retreat participants questions and reflections from applying The Teachings during the daily activities.

 

We will use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment” as a foundational text for this retreat. Teachings and discussions (Dhamma talks) will be sourced from this book. Participants are encouraged to read this book prior to the retreat and during the retreat.

 

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Life Story of Gotama Buddha

- Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?

- The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View

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

- The Five Precepts: A Householders Guide to Daily Practice

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

- What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?

- What is Merit?

- Meditation: Developing Your Practice

- Buddhist Temple Tour

 

Meditation Practice

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation

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

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

Click "LEARN MORE" in the below for a more detailed description and to register for this retreat.

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FOUNDATION IN THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT & HARMONY IN RELATIONSHIPS - ACTIVE RETREAT (10-DAYS)

Have you participated in a silent retreat that resulted in challenges that were difficult to overcome during the retreat? Did you have an outstanding retreat experience to only have it fall apart after returning back to the “real world”?

 

Silent retreats can be helpful but you can oftentimes have a significant challenge when returning back to an active life. The silent retreat is peaceful and serene with all the participants on their “best behavior” through dedicated meditation and training. But when you leave the silent retreat environment and face the real world, your retreat experience can oftentimes get eroded and you are back where you started.

 

What is an active retreat?

An active retreat is an opportunity for you to experience a retreat environment to either develop or deepen your learning and practice of Teachings that train the mind to be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy while also participating in normal activities throughout the retreat.

 

You will have the opportunity to learn Teachings then integrate them into a normal active life through daily activities engaged in the local community.

 

In this way, you will learn and practice The Teachings as part of a retreat atmosphere while engaging in daily activities inside and outside the retreat setting. This allows you to learn and grow while applying The Teachings in everyday life. Learning through an active retreat will feel like a holiday with good wholesome people who are interested to understand how to develop and integrate Teachings for a healthy body and mind into daily life.

 

One can not meditate their way to Enlightenment. The Enlightened Path requires learning and practicing Teachings that include meditation but also many other aspects need to be either eliminated or cultivated in the mind based on personal choices.

 

You will have the opportunity to learn and practice these along with other Teachings in this retreat.

 

This active retreat will provide you the opportunity to learn these Teachings and practice them so that you will be able to integrate them into your daily life through wise personal choices to eliminate discontent feelings from the mind such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, boredom, loneliness, guilt, fears, shyness, stress, anxiety, etc.

 

After the retreat experience, we provide you on-going support to learn and practice The Teachings through online guidance.

 

Daily Schedule

 

6:00 AM: Wake Up/Personal Hygiene/Free Time

7:30 AM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 AM: Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks) 

9:30 AM: Breakfast

10:30 AM: Mindfulness Gong Bath

12:00 PM: Daily Activity Experiences with Lunch

 

Learn and understand local culture and historical sites
(Buddhist Temples and Cultural Tour Experiences based on seasonal availability.)

 

There will be two (2) days of activities outside the retreat setting. There will be three (3) days of free time within the retreat setting.

 

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 PM: Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

9:00 PM: Free Time

 

The morning “Teachings & Discussion (Dhamma Talk)“ sessions will focus on learning The Teachings that lead to Enlightenment as shared by Gotama Buddha. The evening “Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers” sessions will be dedicated to open discussion based on retreat participants questions and reflections from applying The Teachings during the daily activities.

 

We will use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment” as a foundational text for this retreat. Teachings and discussions (Dhamma talks) will be sourced from this book. Participants are encouraged to read this book prior to the retreat and during the retreat.

 

Daily Schedule

 

6:00 AM: Wake Up/Personal Hygiene/Free Time

7:30 AM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 AM: Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks) 

9:30 AM: Breakfast

10:30 AM: Mindfulness Gong Bath and Gong Bath Training

12:00 PM: Daily Activity Experiences with Lunch

 

Learn and understand local culture and historical sites
(Buddhist Temples and Cultural Tour Experiences based on seasonal availability.)

 

There will be four (4) days of activities outside the retreat setting. There will be six (6) days of free time within the retreat setting.

 

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Meditation Guidance (Seated, Lying, Standing, Walking Positions)

8:00 PM: Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers

9:00 PM: Free Time

 

The morning “Teachings & Discussion (Dhamma Talk)“ sessions will focus on learning the teachings that lead to Enlightenment as shared by Gotama Buddha. The evening “Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers” sessions will be dedicated to open discussion based on retreat participants questions and reflections from applying the teachings during the daily activities.

 

We will use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment” as a foundational text for this retreat. Teachings and discussions (Dhamma talks) will be sourced from this book. Participants are encouraged to read this book prior to the retreat and during the retreat.

 

Teachings & Discussions (Dhamma Talks)

- Life Story of Gotama Buddha

- Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?

- The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View

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

- The Five Precepts: A Householders Guide to Daily Practice

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

- What is Kamma and How Does It Affect Me?

- What is Merit?

- Identifying Cravings: Cultivating Non-Craving and Analysis of The Mind

- Cultivating Healthy Mental States: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity

- True Love: Love Without Attachment
- Practicing in a World of the Unknowing: Relationships with Non-Practitioners
- Sharing The Path to Enlightenment: How to Guide Children Along The Path?
- Practicing Non-Attachment: How to Eliminate Attachment to Those Who Are Closest to Us?

- Developing & Maintaining Relationships: Choosing Wholesome Friends and a Life Partner

- The Path to Enlightenment: Practicing “The Path” in the Workplace

- Meditation: Developing Your Practice

- Buddhist Temple Tour


Meditation Practice

- Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation

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

- Buddhist Chanting in Pali

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Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment

Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment (Volume 1) by David Roylance.

This book is an essential guide on The Path to Enlightenment and offered at no cost to help you learn and progress in your understanding and practice of Gotama Buddha's Teachings.

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