Intensive Zoom Retreats With
David Johnson and Teri Pohl
Schedule for Zoom Retreat
Mar 10-19 In Process
Please note: Only North/South America and Europe may apply. These are live interviews.
Australia/India should apply for regular Metta Retreats with Email Interviews.
April 21st 2023 Open 5 spaces of 8
June 2nd 2023 Open 7 spaces of 8
Dhamma Sukha is pleased to announce that David Johnson will conduct Full Intensive Retreats using Zoom instead of having students having to attend in person. Teri Pohl, who helps train new guides, will be assisting in January.
This is a little different from our normal online retreat which can be very casual. This retreat you will do interviews in person and be expected to be there every day.. Following are the requirements and expectations of participants. 15 people per retreat.
There is a $99 Deposit to hold your space. It is refundable should you wish to cancel. You may also request it back at the end of the retreat. As long as you showed up a few days we will happily return it to you.
For this retreat you should have at least completed one online retreat or onsite retreat. If you are a total beginner we ask you to sign up for the online retreat.
We will accept beginners or advanced students. (Please don't try to do this retreat if you are taking care of small children during this time. We have to have you focused and uninterrupted.)
Interviews - Interviews will be at 1:00PM Central Time to 3PM - You will be given a time to attend and you should sign on 5min before and standby in the "waiting room." If you can't attend interviews at this time every day for 10 days we ask you consider a regular online metta retreat instead, and not do this zoom retreat. Please don't sign up unless you can do interviews no later then 9PM your time.
We expect retreaters to be from North America & European time zones only. You must not sign up if your interview will be at a too early or too late a time for you to get enough sleep!
You will be expected to put this time aside just for the retreat. No family or friend interactions. No TV or internet surfing. Only meditation and videos and some reading.
You will be expected to get in at least 6 hrs total in sittings per day. You should walk 20min between each sitting
Friday Day 1
Intro Talk at 1PM-2PM (All times are CST) ( required) For Dec Retreat check this link: https://everytimezone.com/s/6ac169c1
If you didn't get everything this video can be watched as well - Full orientation video
Start sitting and walking after the video. Sit at least 30min - longer if it is going well.
Download the Guide to TWIM in pdf or epub on the Support page You will receive all docs in your welcome email. Please save them and print them out.
You can also review all the morning precept forms now and print them out and get them ready for Saturday morning.
Download your "Brief Lovingkindness Instructions" from the Support Page
***Optional Materials to Review on Friday or Saturday
-Watch Short Video on the 6Rs 4min
-You can Listen to an optional MP3 Metta instructions and talk on this page
-Download your "Brief Lovingkindness Instructions" from the Support Page
-Or Read the Lovingkindness Instructions from this Page
-Watch and listen to "Brief Lovingkindness Instructions" on youtube
Suggested Daily Schedule for Retreat-Adjust to your own needs.
6:00 am Wake up and Recite Precepts and Refuges: Take the 6 or 8 full precepts -On support page-print off
6:30 am Sitting & walking meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Self-directed meditation
1:00 pm Zoom Interviews per schedule (1PM CST)
3:00 pm Self-directed meditation
6:00 pm Tea time (you can have chocolate without nuts)
6:30 pm Dhamma talk -Video
8:00 pm Self-directed meditation
10:00 pm Sleep
If you can follow all 8 precepts, which includes not eating after lunch, that is preferable. If there is a medical condition where you need something in the evening then eat only a lite meal and don't take the precept about eating after noon. Print precepts from here
DAILY SCHEDULE -- STARTING SATURDAY MORNING DAY 2
You may want to also review this INTRODUCTORY TALK about the Five Precepts, and basic instruction for Loving-Kindness Meditation prior to your retreat (Metta, Davis, Feb-07 ~ 45 min, audio - video). You can do this on the Friday you begin your retreat. Another good talk on Precepts which are very important for this retreat....Please listen/watch when you can.
Print morning Precepts and Refuges sheet from the SUPPORT PAGE. Use this page to recite the precepts to yourself.
Take the daily Refuges & Precepts with David from the Podbean app: https://bhantevimalaramsi.podbean.com/e/taking-your-daily-refuges-and-precepts-14-min/
You Can Watch a video and recite along with it recorded by Bhante Saccananda, a Bengali monk now studying with Bhante Vimalaramsi. The video has the full text of what you need to say scroll on the screen.
*Meditate - All sessions should be 30min minimum-remember to keep a smile there!
Follow this with 20minutes of walking meditation. Or at least get some exercise by fast running in place, or yoga.
Note: Please understand that you are not making a commitment to becoming a Buddhist by saying these Refuges and Precepts for the time of this retreat. These WILL help your practice because taking the Refuges and Precepts each day is done to remind us to not do unwholesome actions which will make guilt or remorse arise and adversely affect our meditation. 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 which means the teaching itself, and The Sangha meaning those monks and nuns of all traditions who have sacrificed everything to preserve and keep the Dhamma alive.
Taking the Refuges means that you are paying respect to the Buddha because he discovered the way to the cessation of suffering. You are paying respect to the teachings which still work and can still relieve suffering. 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 world.
Note on Sitting: If your meditation is going well then please sit longer. This is not a "sit one hour; walk one hour" practice. You start with 30min/30min, and the sitting part of the practice expands as your ability and your comfort level increases. If the sitting is going well your progress will go deeper the longer you sit so don't get up unless you must. If you use a timer make sure it is a timer that won't need to be turned off manually if you decide to ignore the bell and sit longer. We suggest a chair for sitting but its up to you.
IN THE EVENING
SCHEDULE OF DHAMMA TALKS: YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
We will do the first talk live on Zoom - but otherwise follow this playlist.
Use Play List from YouTube: A 9 Day Online Retreat - YouTube Bookmark this
(If this is your second or third online retreat use these links: 2nd playlist to watch, or 3rd playlist for #3)
An additional playlist if you have watched the others is now available featuring Delson Armstrong.
Read the transcript of this Talk. On the Download Page or see below for pdf files
*Some of the talks are quite long - you are only required to watch the talk up to where Bhante takes questions. Questions don't necessarily have to do with the subject of the talk so it's not really necessary to go through all those if you don't have time.
Day 1 : Friday -Bhante will do talk on zoom - below is another optional instructions talk
Joshua Tree 2012 Orientation and Beginning Instructions
Optional videos: INTRODUCTORY TALK about the Five Precepts, and basic instruction for Loving-Kindness Meditation prior to your retreat Another good talk on Precepts which are very important for this retreat.
DAY 2: Saturday
MN#128 2020 Day 2 "Removing Distractions" DSMC Retreat
This talk will give you advice on how to work with your distractions and hindrances.
DAY 3: Sunday
MN#111 - One by One as They Occurred - Anupada Sutta (2016 Excellent talk on Jhanas and Nibbana)
This talk will discuss the progress path through the Jhanas to the awakening experience.
Day 4: Monday
MN#10 - The Four Foundations of Mindfulness - Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta
This is one of the most important suttas about how the Buddha dealt with meditation with a 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.
Day 5: Tuesday
MN 140 DhatuVibangha Sutta - The Exposition of the Elements Aug 1, 2013
Primarily, the discourse is about four foundations: wisdom, truth, relinquishment and peace. It also includes a great deal on feeling (vedanā). The last section is about mental conceiving. 49 min.
Day 6: Wednesday
MN#38 The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving - Mahātaṇhāsankhaya Sutta
Note: This talk introduces the student to the links of Dependent Origination.
Print off Dependent Origination chart here on the SUPPORT PAGE.
Day 7: Thursday
MN#148 The Six Sets of Six - Chachakka Sutta
Please note! Bhante advises you listen to this simple reciting of this sutta and try to contemplate on what he is reading. Pay careful attention as the sutta is read. He doesn't explain anything on this sutta. Simply listen to this and meditate on this. This is the most powerful sutta in the Majjhima Nikaya. 60 monks attained Nibbana after hearing the Buddha give this talk.
Day 8: Friday
MN#43 - The Greater Series of Questions and Answers - Maha Vedalla Sutta
Note: This is a discourse on contemplating the six senses in a manner that can be observed during meditation, and which leads to a clear understanding of the impersonal nature of the Anatta perspective.
Day 9: Saturday
MN#21 Joshua Tree 8 Retreat Simile of the Saw - Last Day Instructions
This talk is about using lovingkindness in daily life.
Day 10: Sunday - Last Day of Retreat - Final Talk & Q&A 1PM - All students attend final day.
If you have done an online retreat before you can use a different version of the suttas than the talks above. Use either the video link above or listen to another version of the talk listed for the day from our website.
MN 44 Joshua Tree Retreat 8 - 8 Fold Path and Cessation of Identity
Note: This talk presents a version of the Noble 8-Fold Path that illustrates a "Harmonious" Path. Print off the 8-Fold Path file on the SUPPORT PAGE.