Silent Vipassana Meditation Weekend Retreat – November 28 – 30th
at the Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Centre, with Brian Ruhe
Practicing Breath, Loving Kindness and Walking Meditation in the Theravada Forest tradition.
“Samatha – Vipassana means calm-insight, which is the process of meditation as taught by the Buddha.”
Join Brian and Ajahn Santy at this location for the first time. It is 1.5 hours from Vancouver. Deepen your meditation practice with periods of silence, in the right environment. Friday to Sunday, November 28 – 30th, 2014.
Go anytime on Friday. Evening meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Wake up at 6:00 am. We will have three hour periods in the mornings and afternoons where you can practice walking meditation and sitting meditation for as long as you like. There will be some dhamma talks, discussions and guided meditations. This will be an ‘eight precept retreat’ meaning no food after lunch, unless you have health reasons.
Dress should be modest, not being too revealing and you’re encouraged to wear white if you like. Bring your own sitting gear if you have it as their supply is limited. Retreat ends 4:00 pm Sunday. Meals will be arranged. Retreat schedule is available. The retreat committee will arrange vegetarian meals for the group. We have a full kitchen; participants will volunteer to cook and clean up.
A silent retreat means no talking, unless it is during dhamma talks. People can talk outside if they really need to.
The sleeping conditions in the two house are basic with some rooms, beds, and the main room. Retreatants need to bring a foam mattress or some kind of cushion for their bed, a sleeping bag or blankets, pillow and a towel . You may be sleeping on a hard wooden board with no mattress. Our maximum is about 20 people overnight but more people can join us for the day. Please be prepared for snoring and bring ear plugs if you need them. If you snore please let me know.
The Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Centre is located at 4124 Wilson Road at Majuba Hill Road, Chilliwack, near Cultas Lake. It is two houses and a hall. The location on Google Maps is:
The Google photo album website holds photos of about a dozen retreats which I have led. Please take a look at: https://plus.google.com/photos/111270685064751504177/albums?banner=pwa
COST BY DONATION (DANA)
This retreat is by donation. There will be one donation box for the retreat centre which is tax deductible. And one donation box for Brian. The suggested donation for Brian is $75 which includes the food costs. There is no suggested donation for the retreat centre.
Donations are essential and gratefully accepted to support the continuation of these retreats in the future and Brian’s work supporting the dhamma. The retreat is offered in accord with the tradition from the time of the Buddha that those who offer the teachings do not charge for their teaching. Dana, which means generosity, is the Buddhist practice of extending generosity in gratitude for the teachings.
TRANSPORTATION-A car pool is being arranged. Contact Brian if you need or can offer a ride.
Please let me know if you would like to help organizing rides, getting food, preparing meals or encouraging silence at the retreat. Much metta.
The instructor, Brian Ruhe has taught Buddhism and meditation for 18 years. He follows the Theravada Forest tradition at forestsangha,org . He is the author of two Buddhist books and guided meditation CDs, which will be available. Our host, Ajahn Santy is a Laotian monk and abbot of the Laotian temple in Aldergrove.
Brian Ruhe’s address: #104 – 1960 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1T1. Tel. 604-738-8475. Cell. 778-232-2282. Email: email@example.com . Ajahn Santy’s cell is 604-309-8235.