Seeking the Buddha's Path Retreat Date : 3-10 January 2020
Address:- Mahindarama Meditation Center @ 17 Lorong Hijau 5, Penang, Malaysia
The Buddha taught an 'easy to understand' practice that was comfortable, light and fun to learn. It leads you down the noble path to understand the true teaching. This teaching has both "Metta" (Loving Kindness) and "Vipassana" (Insight) weaved into the practice. Lay people can practice his antidote for suffering to manage the challenges they face in today's world. By changing our minds, we change our life. Bhante Vimalaramsi takes you on a journey to experience a way out of much of the suffering you face today. Come and listen to a gentle voice read from the Buddha's own words. Begin to see what Buddha Gotama experienced in his own meditation and why he said, "We are the happy ones!". Learn about the Buddha’s measure for your own successful meditation. Reclaim your own internal peace and smile.
Location:Mahindarama Meditation Center @ 17, Lorong Hijau 5, Taman Green Lane, Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Directions Dates: 3 to 10 January, 2020
The retreat is Free of Charge but we welcome donations for Bhante’s airfare and to defray the expenses for the retreat. Bhante offers the guidance and instruction freely. Donations (Dana) are welcome and necessary to further our ability to lead retreats. Donations by Paypal Donations can be deposited in the below account. Joint Account No. 21350045271 Bank : Hong Leong Bank A/c holder Names: Chan Bee See and Ng Lee Hua
Venue:- The Venue is offered on a donation basis by Mahindarama Meditation Center. Sleeping Arrangements:- Male and female participants will be in Dorm rooms. There are enough double Decker Beds. Participants must bring along own pillow casing, bed sheet and blanket which they do not supply. Also bring own cutlery like fork and spoon, cup or mugs. Link for registration:https://tinyurl.com/Penangretreat Contact Person: Dhammagavesi Bhikkhu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Retreat Schedule: Friday Jan 3rd: Arrival at MMC. Registration will begin after 2 pm. Evening talk will include site orientation, guidelines for retreat, and basic instructions for meditation. Saturday Jan 4th: Retreat begins at 5.30 am. The retreat will be a silent retreat under 8 precepts, with daily interviews from 5th. This is a Metta-Vipassana Retreat (Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation) Friday Jan 10th: The retreat will officially end after Morning service, breakfast, and cleaning the premises. Time 9.30 am
Daily Routine 5:00 am Wake up - Bell 5:30 am Taking Refuges and Precepts 5:45 am Meditation Sitting and walking. 7:45 am Breakfast – Bell ( Cleaning task post Breakfast ) 9:00 am Sitting and walking meditation to 11.45 am ---9:00 am Individual Interviews with Bhante start 11:45 am Lunch – Bell (12.30 - 2.00 Rest time & personal Time) 2:00 pm Sitting and walking meditation 6:00 pm Tea time 6:30 pm Q&A with Rev. Khanti Khema 7:00 pm Dhamma talk and discussion 8:30 pm Sitting and walking meditation 10:00 pm Bedtime (Above can change a bit to suite the situation.)
*Breakfast eating time 8.00 am. *Lunch eating time 12.00 noon.
Having these things may help: Slippers, loose fitting cloths, thermos, water bottle, Socks, torch. Pen and notepad to take notes in Dhamma Talks. Participants must bring along own pillow casing, bed sheet and blanket which they do not supply. Also bring own cutlery like fork and spoon, cup or mugs (We will try and arrange cutlery from caterers). This is a silent retreat but you can speak to us in the organizing team and the volunteers. Please refrain from talking to others as this hinders there and your peace of mind. No use of mobile phones is allowed during the retreat. You will have to deposit phones on the first day and it will be given back on 9th Jan post lunch (So, you can plan your travel). If you take medicines bring enough to last the retreat period. If you need to eat in evening due to health reasons, let us know on the first day. Also, you can skip the 6th precept related to not eating food post mid-day meal.
Rules of the Venue MMC :- 1) Participants must bring along own pillow casing, bed sheet and blanket which they do not supply 2) No Washing of Clothes: They will recommend a Dhoby/laundry shop nearby. 3) Have to bring own cutlery like fork and spoon, cup or mugs etc; 4) All lights to be switch off by 10.30pm ie Dormitories, pantry, toilets, lobby lift and open areas. However, only Cove lights to be switched on from 10.30pm till next morn at 6.30 am at 2nd & 3rd floor. 5) Day time Air-conditioning is recommended to switch to 24; night time Male Dormitory at 25 and ladies’ Dormitories at 26. 6) They have 49 parking lots but only 45 lots are available for parking, 7) During the retreat a MBT management representative shall be in attendance during day time, night time is at random only. 8) On the last day of retreat, all participants need to clean up the meditation hall by mopping, clean the toilets and Dormitories and the mattress and pillow has to be kept back in its original form in the plastic bag or carton box respectively!
Below How to reach Penang :- http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/getting-to-penang-island-malaysia.htm