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“Just as a line drawn on water with a stick will quickly vanish and will not last long; even so, brahmins, is human life like a line drawn on water. It is short, limited, and brief; it is full of suffering. One should do good and live a pure life; for none who is born can escape death.”
~ The Buddha
AN 7:70


Retreats and Programs

Retreat is a time when people can come to the monastery and meditate in a focused environment. This allows the possibility of directly experiencing the Buddha’s teachings. Every retreat is different, ranging in length from two to nine days. Most retreats at the Bhavana Society have a theme. Almost all retreats are held in silence. Usually a good portion of the day is spent in silent meditation. Retreatants are required to follow the eight monastery precepts, including not eating after noon. Everyone is expected to participate in the retreat schedule.

All these aspects allow for an environment in which meditation…(read more)