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Your Spiritual Retreat

Discussion in 'Dharmic Religions DIR' started by Marcion, Oct 11, 2018.

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  1. Yes, regularly

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  2. Yes, but not regularly

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  3. No, our tradition does not have retreats

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  4. No, they are held but I don't attend

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  5. Other (explain please)

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  1. Marcion

    Marcion Departed Member

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    Perhaps you attend them sometimes.
    What are they like in your tradition, do you go often?

    I have not attended any for quite a number of years.
    There are lots of collective kiirtana, also akhanda kiirtan, group meditation, lectures, cultural programmes and in some more open retreats workshops on different things like taichi or folk dancing.

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    Triratna Buddhist retreat

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    Ananda Marga Tantra-Yoga retreat

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    Tibetan Buddhism retreat
     
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  2. Unveiled Artist

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    I keep telling myself Ima go to this retreat they have twice a year. download (4).jpeg
    Its about three hours from me out of state. Theres no public transport way up in the woods so once I figure out transportation, Im good to go, I can go the closest town in my state and its almost af fity dollar cab ride give or give. There are weekend retreats. Anyone can stay longer with permission and have the abiliy to live by the monk residents schedule and eating arrangements.
     
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  3. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    I happen to enjoy solitude as a retreat.

    So many nights out on an open field looking at all the planets stars and galaxies.

    It's never failed to take my breath away in contemplation in sheer awe of the magnitude of what I am seeing in real time.
     
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  4. sayak83

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    I have not gone. Ramakrishna Mission does hold retreats, as does Vipassana centers. I am fortunate enough to have an innately peaceful and relaxed state of mind, so haven't felt any need to go.
     
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    I enjoy going to the beach and meditating there or just relaxing. The beach is said to be rich in prana or chi, and this enables better experiences in meditation/mindfulness and even good health for that matter.
     
  6. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    I am an advaitist Hindu and a strong atheist.
    Retreats are for theists and mystics, I am neither a theist nor a mystic. So, my retreat is to computer and discussions.
    A bit old for the type of retreat that Nowhere man suggested, my wife would not allow it, but at one time I enjoyed that.
     
  7. Unveiled Artist

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    We have a kadampa temple close to here I went to a couple of times. I received my Vajrasattva Empowerment. Im not too comfortable with the lineage practice; but, they have good talks especially the Stages of the Path lectures.
     
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  8. Amanaki

    Amanaki sotāpanna

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    I have not attended retreats with others in temple or retreat centers, But i have done solitude vipassana retreats where i enter a forest, and find an area where no other people will come, then i sit in meditation for a weeend or a week, before i go back
     
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    I am doing this seclusion thing all the time in my home. I rarely go out except to do things that are necessary for the home and family needs.
     
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    SalixIncendium Resident Hermit
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    While I would like to experience attending a retreat at some point, after attending some local group meetings over the years, I find that I am more comfortable in solitary practice.
     
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