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Solitary Retreats | Deepening 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

Solitary retreats provide unparalleled opportunities for intensive work in specific practices as directed by a teacher. Such retreats can help accelerate one’s practice, allowing retreatants to reach far greater depths.

Solitary retreatants spend at least 8 hours a day in practice.The Center welcomes advanced dharma students to participate in solitary retreats with the prior permission of the Center’s teachers. Please contact us to learn more about this process.

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.

To maintain a strict retreat atmosphere, while on solitary retreat you will live in special accommodations, separate from the daily activities of the Center, with meals delivered to your room. 

This is an intensive program, and you are expected to spend at least 8 hours a day practicing. We recommend that solitary retreatants stay for one month or longer; there is a minimum two-week stay for this program.

 

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 Prerequisite: Solitary retreatants must have an established shamatha practice, the patience to practice and a strong motivation for being on solitary retreat. Retreatants should respect the teachers, the teaching and the environment of the Center. Solitary retreatants should have completed the Discovering the Dharma cycle.



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