2+ Day Retreats
Retreats at the MAZBT can last from 2 to 90 days. A retreat is an extended meditation that includes sitting meditation, chanting, Dharma talks, mindful work assignments, and a private meeting with the teacher. There is a nominal fee of $85, However, no one is turned away for lack of funds.
During retreats, or at any time in our daily lives, turning our full attention to the activity of the moment is to collect the mind. This means when it’s time to eat, just eat, and when it’s time to sit, just sit. Usually when we do a given activity, our attention is elsewhere. The quiet environment and simplified schedule of retreat allows us to concentrate on a single activity.
Attending a Retreat is an opportunity to cultivate concentration and awareness. We step back and slow down from our usual busy lives to engage with full attention, whatever it is we are doing. Please tend to outside personal business before taking up this Retreat opportunity.
Participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the Retreat.
What do you need to bring?
- Loose, comfortable, clean clothing
- Work clothes (they may get dirty)
- Sleeping bag, pillow (for those planning to stay overnight)
- Extra clothes for work and meditation (for retreats three days and longer)
- Hand towel & shower towel
Do not bring:
- Tobacco products
- Any non prescription drugs
- Charms, fortune telling supplies, or talismans
- Candy, snacks, gum, mints unless medically required
It is a time to put everything aside, to forget everything and to focus all one’s inquiring spirit through the practice of Mindful Meditation and Intent.
Each Retreat will have its own schedule. Please check out times etc. on the calendar.
A typical Retreat day:
5:00 AM Wake up bell
5:45 Sitting meditation
6:45 Exercise time
9:00 Working meditation
11:30 Walking meditation
12:30 PM Lunch
2:00 Mindful rest period
3:00 Class / Meeting
4:30 Walking meditation / Sitting meditation & chanting
6:00 Light dinner
7:30 Class / Personal study time
9:30 Noble silence
10:30 Lights out and bedtime
We strongly recommend that you attend at least 1 day-long intensive prior to attending a longer retreat.