2020/21 New Years Online Retreat
Taught by the Nuns of
Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery
December 29, 2020 – January 2, 2021
An Invitation to Simplicity and Letting Go
During retreat we come together as a community to support each other in our practice, consciously letting go of the past and opening to the New Year with whatever it may bring. This year because of COVID we will create an online retreat community to explore the Dhamma together and to support a monastic environment in your own home.
In the spirit of the monastic lifestyle, we encourage you to follow the Eight Precepts and engage in your home activities with the same care and mindfulness we use at the retreat center. The retreat will include chanting, community meditation and daily Dhamma teachings from the nuns. There will also be opportunities for Q&A, but because of shorter duration of this online retreat, the nuns will not be offering group practice discussions.
For the time between the formal online sessions, we will provide a schedule of sitting and walking meditation to support your sustained practice at home.
Lissa Edmond will offer live movement sessions for our retreat.
The Eight Precepts:
To refrain from…
1) taking the life of any living creature
2) taking that which is not given
3) any intentional sexual activity
4) false and harmful speech
5) consuming intoxicating drink and drugs which lead to carelessness
6) eating at inappropriate times (after midday)*
7) entertainment, beautification and adornment
8) lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place (not indulging in sleep)
* If for medical reasons you need to eat in the evening, please mindfully attend to your needs.
Continuing in the ancient Buddhist tradition, the retreat and teachings are offered freely. In turn, retreatants have the opportunity to support those teaching the Dhamma, and making the retreat available, by offering donations (dana) to the teachers and the retreat manager. The movement teacher will receive compensation for her offering from the Saranaloka Foundation from dana previously received.
At the end of the retreat, your donation will support the Saranaloka Foundation to offer future New Year retreats on a dana basis.
This is an online zoom retreat. The retreat manager Kathy Cheney will send you detailed information in early December.
If you have to cancel, contact the retreat manager <firstname.lastname@example.org> right away so that others can move into the retreat.
Register here: Retreat Registration