brought to you by Rev. Sister Khema at
Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center as an outreach support program. Overseen by Most
Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi Mahathera, Abbot
The Online RETREATS are ONLY OFFERED
during the monthly online group retreat schedules.
Dates are posted on the website as
available. If interested, please contact Rev. Sister Khema at
ONLINE RETREAT GUIDELINES
You are asked to agree to keep 6 BASIC precepts during the online
retreats and then in your life if possible. There is a link posted below showing
you these precepts.
Please do not listen to music during these retreats and refrain
from other entertainment such as TV, RADIO, BOOKS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, etc.)
for the duration of the retreat.
Please put your attention into your meditation for real or it will not develop
You will be learning a true form of engaged Buddhism in this
retreat. The meditation will become interwoven into life if it is being done
correctly. We encourage you to keep working, going to school, working at home
or doing whatever you normally do for work each day. That’s fine. This will
prove to you how the meditation can be used in daily life.
AS we go along, we will talk about how to continue your meditation
following the retreat.
Download the instructions as linked in the PRE RETREAT section
below. Next, please listen to the
instructions and begin doing your meditation.
If you have any questions before starting the retreat about how to
sit or about choosing a "spiritual friend" or anything like that, please ask in
the pre-retreat time before we begin or very early in the retreat.
About sitting on a chair - always
please note that the most important thing is not to sit back into the back of
the chair! Best to put a rolled towel at the base of your back to keep you to
the front and not sitting back into the chair. It's important not to cut off the
natural energy flow of the back.
The most important thing about sitting is to remain still while you sit on the
floor, on a chair, a bench or a rock. DO NOT MOVE. You want to be comfortable so
that you can sit longer to observe more about how mind’s attention moves.
You MUST agree to do the meditation for ½ hour minimum in the
morning and ½ hour at night before bed (This is the minimum effective for
progress. Sit longer if you have time and are comfortable doing it.).
Walking Meditation- In
the PRE RETREAT section on the Website, there is a link to the instructions for
walking meditation . Don’t do overly slow walking with this practice. Do natural
walking. The article tells you why.
In the middle of your day, during a lunch hour or break time, take a short walk
for 15-20 minutes and keep smiling with your friend. That should give you three
short sessions per day as we go along. Try to make one session 1 hour or a
little longer as you progress.
Dhamma Talks- Each night you will be asked to listen to a Dhamma
talk online that Bhante has done. This is the same as our retreats. YOU MUST ALL
LISTEN TO THE SAME TALK so we can discuss questions as we go along for that
talk. While sitting in your chair instead of cross-legged on a cushion, then
please sit with your feet flat on the floor, and do not cross your legs or arms
while listening. They are thinking rather than listening postures. Pleas do take
notes if you want to.
Once a day you must write a short report answering three simple
questions and asking one question of your own. The
guide needs to hear from you clearly once a day with these questions answered to
know where you are in your sessions. Keep it short and ask questions about the
practice as you go along.
ALL retreat correspondence, core members MUST be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org
available, talks are posted in several formats. We suggest that you download the
highest quality available unless you have a slow connection to the internet.
Note, when downloading the "high" quality mp3 files, it may appear that nothing
is happening for awhile while the download gets started.
AUDIO OR VIDEO RETREAT- Don’t forget you can choose the Audio or Video retreat
page for your talks. These are similar in content. If you can watch the video it
is now offered.
Please remember that ALL CORRESPONDENCE is to go to
email@example.com during your
This retreat is brought to you by Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center. DSMC support
comes from donations for the work we do in support of the continuation of this
Dhamma. Following the retreat, if you feel this has been helpful for you, and
wish to send Dana to the center, you can send it to
DSMC Online Retreats
8218 County Road 204
Annapolis, MO 63620
or you can use paypal online also through the website at
All donations are tax deductible in the USA and you will receive a
receipt following any donation. All forms of support are welcome here and if you
want to come in to help with Spring or Fall clean-ups on site, please let us
know. Also if you wish to pursue a personal retreat on site, please contact
and let him know when you would like to come in. There is more
information about retreats at the center at the website.
For general information on Dhamma Sukha
retreats please read: info
The audio Instructions for Metta as presented by Bhante
Vimalaramsi are located at: Metta,
the Complete Instructions
The Instructions for the Breath
Meditation is found at: booklet
( These instructions are not recorded
yet, so, you need to read them over if you are asked to use the Breath
Meditation because they will seem a little different then you are used to
hearing. If you have been practicing the Breath meditation before this retreat,
most likely you will be asked to stop that practice during this time and use the
METTA to start fresh at the beginning. This is also because Metta, when taken
as a primary meditation, is the fastest and clearest for steady progress on the
Walking meditation instructions: Walking Meditation En Español
Morning Online Retreat –
Morning Refuges, 6 Basic Precepts & Dhammapada verses
Note: Taking the Refuges and Precepts
each day is done to remind us to keep them as part of our meditation practice
and life. We say things three times so that we never forget there are three
parts to Buddhism: The Buddha who was the original Master teacher, The Dhamma is
the teaching itself, and The Sangha are those monks and nuns of all traditions
who have sacrificed everything to preserve and keep the Dhamma going.
Taking the Refuges means that you are paying respect to the Buddha for figuring
out the way to the cessation of suffering. You are paying respect to the
teachings which still work and can still set you free from suffering. And, you
are paying respect to the Monastics who constantly work to research, practice,
preserve and teach others in hopes of leading a way to more Peace in this
You are also asking for the protection
of the powerful energy left by the Buddha in this world while you are
practicing. We have developed a recording for you to listen to and recite along
with it each morning. It is not necessary to have a monk to take these precepts
just as it is not necessary have a priest to be present for you to say the
Lord’s prayer if you were a Christian. But it’s nice. Without one, you can say
these out loud to yourself each morning to remind yourself to stay on track each
day. Doing helps to steady and reinforce your practice of meditation as you
develop it and it helps you in life all the time.
Please sit with your backs straight,
calm your mind, and repeat these with the recording online.
Recording location: Online
PS I am going to try to get a new
recording of the Dhammapada verses for you to use too. SK
Link for alternate selection of talks
INTRODUCTORY TALK You may like
to review this talk about the Five Precepts, and basic instruction for
Loving-Kindness Meditation prior to the retreat (Davis, Feb-07 ~ 45 min,
audio - video)
ONLINE MORNING SERVICES (First talk)
You may use this video snippet for
taking the precepts for the first day only:
Precepts Snippet Video
meditate (if possible)
Around 6PM (your local time- don't worry about time zone differences) each
day please listen to a Dhamma Talk. It is very essential that you meditate
immediately following listening to the talk. Try not to have any breaks. Go
right to the cushion (or chair) and have a session.
EVENING DHAMMA TALKS: (Alternate Page for
all the talks.
MN#20 The Removal of Distracting
Thoughts - Vitakkasanthana Sutta
MN-020-JT1-060219 mp3, 24,628
MN#111 - One by One as They Occurred -
MN#111 20-Feb-06 mp3,
MN#10 - The Four Foundations of
Mindfulness - Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta - Part 1
This is one of the fullest and most
important suttas by the Buddha dealing with meditation, with particular emphasis
on the development of insight. The Buddha begins by declaring the four
foundations of mindfulness to be the direct path for the realization of Nibbana,
then gives detailed instructions on the four foundations: the contemplation of
the body, feelings, mind, and mind-objects.
This talk was given at Joshua Tree, Ca,
MN#10 P1 21-Feb-06 mp3,
5 Aggregates (Chart
referred to in the talk)
of first 45 min of this talk.
Los 5 Agregados (Cuadro
mencionado en la charla)
MN#10 - The Four Foundations of
Mindfulness - Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta - Part 2
MN#10 P2 22-Feb-06 mp3,
MN#148 - The Six Sets of Six -
An awakening discourse on contemplating
the six senses in a manner that can be observed during meditation and which
leads to an understanding of the impersonal nature of the process or Anatta
MN#148 23-Feb-06 mp3,
MN#38 The Greater Discourse on the
Destruction of Craving - Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta
(includes: section in Nidanavagga
Samyutta - Book of Causation (page 534))
MN#38 24-Feb-06 mp3,
The 8-Fold Path
8 FOLD PATH 25-Feb-06 mp3,
Metta in Daily Life
mp3, 12,687 KB
Final report to teachers- Q&A accepted
Any Feedback is helpful to improve the
You may request a support page to learn where to go for further support online
too. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised by SK
on August 14, 2013