Meditation retreats at the DSMC with Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi and Sister
Khema are designed to help meditators develop a new kind of awareness and
observation skill. From the beginning, training is presented as a tool to be
incorporated into daily living.
Retreat time is the quiet time to listen to the Dhamma, ask lots of
questions, and develop a clearer understanding. The meditator develops
longer comfortable sitting and walking times. We do this under the guidance
of experienced supervision. The meditator learns to see HOW mind’s attention
moves between object and arising thoughts/sensation/sankharas. They discover
the process the Buddha taught in the texts that leads to relief of
suffering, anxiety, fear, dread, guilt, depression, and dissatisfaction.
As calmness increases during practice, the meditator sees clearly what
craving and clinging and precisely how to let them go. In these discourses
we see that the Buddha really did leave a clear set of instructions for us.
The meditator sees for themselves the interconnected teachings provide a
support structure for the meditation to operate correctly. As these
teachings unfold more clearly we begin to see that the mediation is the
vehicle that takes us to the point of liberation of mind.
Through persistence of practice, the meditator experiences for themselves
how this path can lead to total freedom and peace of mind. A precious
doorway to peace is revealed for them and it becomes clear that knowledge
and vision means knowing by seeing and that the truth uncovered is what sets
This practice was not meant to be isolated from life. It is an All the Time
awareness skill and instead of the retreat setting being one frame of mind
and daily life being another frame of mind, these are woven together from
the beginning offering us a new perspective that essentially makes life in
general much easier.
During the retreat noble silence is observed, as described in the texts, in
both sitting and walking meditation. Meditators continue to practice during
daily work periods. While noticing the movements of mind’s attention, they
continue this practice all the time in everything they do. It is in this way
they incorporate the new wholesome habitual tendencies into life. These new
tendencies are carried back after the retreat and kept going! This is how
the practice becomes life.
In fact, this practice turns out to be the best tool in life’s little tool
box that each of us build as we go along.
We invite you to come and try this approach, discovering for yourself what
the Buddha uncovered. Sit with us and give ear to the Dhamma is a way you
have never done before. Meditators do check-in interviews daily with the
teacher about their progress and listen to Dhamma talks each night. There is
good access to the teachers. Whoever is attending the center share in the
daily work of living and all of us build this center together as we go.
Together we investigate the direct connection between what the Buddha taught
and our actual practice of meditation in life.
Come and see.
All levels of experience can practice and grow together in this type of atmosphere and are invited to join in these retreats unless otherwise stated in a retreat description.
Text last edited 18-Jan-10