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Personal Retreats | Growth in personal practice

In the touching the earth mudra, the fingers of the Buddha in Milarepa Hall, Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, represent Buddha's commitment to liberation

Mindfulness enables us to better understand ourselves—and our emotions. Instead of reacting, we are able to simply respond to our circumstances. Mindfulness becomes a guardian, protecting us from wrongdoing that hurts both ourselves and others.

A handmade lapis mala crafted at the Dharmakaya Center for WellbeingIn personal retreats, we train ourselves to incorporate mindfulness more fully in our daily lives.

The Center welcomes Buddhists at all levels of advancement who want a quiet place to pursue their practice. 

Upon arrival, you will meet with a resident lama to discuss your personal retreat goals and design your practice schedule. You will continue to meet with the resident lama periodically throughout your stay.

While on a personal retreat, you will live in the dormitories and take meals in the dining hall. You are welcome to join the Center’s morning and evening pujas and our Sunday Meditations. However, you must purchase a ticket to attend any ticketed teachings, programs or other events.

Most retreatants are expected to spend at least 8 hours a day practicing, although that requirement may be relaxed for those on shorter retreats. We recommend that personal retreatants stay for a minimum of one week, though we will accommodate shorter stays.

 

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Prerequisite: Personal retreatants must have some knowledge of the dharma, meditation experience, the patience to practice and a strong motivation for taking a personal retreat. Retreatants should respect the teachers, the teaching and the environment of the Center and be willing to offer help at the Center as needed.



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