Going to a meditation retreat this year is a goal of mine.
Has anyone had a good experience or have any recommendations on going to a retreat????
This can be anywhere, not just the states
this also got me thinking what if HE did a retreat – it would not have to be based on meditation but rather an overall gathering of consciousness seekers alike!
I feel they were both right at that moment for me. Kopan was more of a spiritual oasis than a teaching academy. I learned a lot, but mostly from other people and the books I read there. The environment was very kind and I had a great time meeting tons of amazing new friends. For someone that was new to buddhism and meditation, it was perfect.
Shwe Oo Min was three years later and much more focused on developing a steady practice of mindfulness. Much more meditation, less instructions, no group activities. So this was much more individual to deepen ones practice. Had a great time as well with moderator Filip there.
Qua techniques, I still follow the one in Myanmar most. But the sacredness I feel from the dedication in my practice still stems from Kopan.
I joined this course http://www.awakenthedivineyou.com
It was truly life changing. I would recommend anyone to take the retreats. I have seen major transformation in my life from an avid unfocused stoner (not to say that smoking grass is bad, it’s a choice we take) who pros castigate and never follows through on task to a complete opposite. Truly transformational .
I have gone to Vipassana Meditation (Goenka) retreats twice. 10 days of meditation. About 10 hrs of meditation a day. No talking, reading, singing, exercise, etc. You can walk, meditate, eat, and sleep. They pay for everything. They are in many countries throughout the world. There are quite a few in the U.S. It’s extremely effective …….. but many don’t make it past the 3rd day. You know how often we reach for a distraction when we’re left alone with our thoughts? Radio, smart phone, computer, television, etc. No distractions here …… just learning how to focus your thoughts/mind. It’s pretty amazing ……. but difficult.