Retreat starting Friday

Tomorrow, our weekend retreat “The Gradual Training” will begin with an extension of the normal Friday meditation session on Zoom, at 8pm EDT. After the meditation there will be the opportunity for participants to take the Refuges and Precepts, and then at 9pm Tahn Pamutto will offer a talk outlining the theme for the weekend.

This retreat is being offered In-Person in Shelburne, MA, but the reflections given will be available on the ‘Innovative Dhamma’ YouTube channel either as they happen or in the coming days.

Our First Retreat

Upavana’s first in-person/online retreat was a big success! Many thanks to everyone who helped out, especially our retreat coordinator Alex, our hosts Donna, Sandy, and Issa, Lusiana and family who provided delicious food for everybody, and for everyone who joined and helped spread the word. By the final talk, when Zoom had had enough and the livestream was slipping, the feeling of camaraderie was palpable.

Samadhi was the theme of the retreat, and that was our focus – to create a relaxed and focused space for practice and to support each other in developing confidence in the main exercise of meditation. Anyone who would like to revisit the talks or run the schedule for themselves in the future, the full retreat is available at the link provided below.

The mission of Upavana is not any particular structure or service, but to support the growth of dhamma, practitioners, and community. In this experimental retreat we were able to demonstrate that all of that could come together flawlessly from little more than a date and an intention.

Perhaps the most fulfilling aspect of the retreat was the ability to connect together as meditators, and to help each other describe a meditation experience that is relaxing and purposeful in equal measure.

Have you ever thrown a party and no one came, only to turn on your computer to see all your friends sharing your party from their own space? Pandemic life is so weird!! In some ways it was a tremendous relief that most of the in-person attendants, including some possible other monastics, weren’t able to make it. Even with a doubled online presence, there was no extra work to be done. I don’t think I’ve ever emerged from a retreat as refreshed and relaxed! And that’s maybe the best sign for the growth of Upavana’s resources and reach – that the retreat ended with spaces fresher, fridges fuller, and organizers more ready for the next retreat.

A space has been offered for a retreat towards the end of next month. Anyone who would be interested in helping organize the online aspect of the retreat, including postings, Zoom room management, and scheduling, please visit www.upavana.org and get in contact with us.

Many blessings for continued practice through the heat of June!

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhHe4p1yupnvjz2sLxWVbDjDYrmC0Ul71

Retreat Underway

Despite many planning hurdles, everything is coming together for our first meditation retreat. It will be held this weekend, starting with an opening talk and the taking of the Refuges and Precepts tomorrow evening. It will conclude Sunday at 5pm.

The schedule and location for online livestreams/recordings, as well as info about participating in the Question and Answer session or having an interview with the teacher (limited to participants running the full retreat), can be found at:

https://www.upavana.org/retreat

Upcoming Meditation Retreat

Despite many planning hurdles, everything is coming together for our first meditation retreat. It will be held this weekend, starting with an opening talk and the taking of the Refuges and Precepts tomorrow evening. It will conclude Sunday at 5pm.

The schedule and location for online livestreams/recordings, as well as info about participating in the Question and Answer session or having an interview with the teacher (limited to participants running the full retreat), can be found at:

https://www.upavana.org/retreat

Upcoming Retreat

The weekend after next, June 25-27, Upavana will hold it’s first meditation retreat. The retreat will be held in person for a small group, and also available online for those who want to participate in real-time or run the retreat according to their own timezone. Those who would like to attend in person should contact info@upavana.org, while the online info will be posted sometime next week.

The program will start Friday night with the usual Uposatha program – meditation at 8pm EDT, chance to take the Refuges and Precepts, and a talk outlining the schedule and theme by Tahn Pamutto. The theme for this retreat will be: “Anapanasati and Developing Samadhi”. There will be no extended meditation after the talk like other Uposatha’s.

Saturday the program will run from 9am – 8pm EDT, and Sunday from 9am – 5pm. There will be a Q&A session Saturday evening during tea time, and the opportunity to check in with a teacher on Sunday.

The ongoing mission of Upavana is the development of community and practice, and retreats are an important facet! Periodically stopping the outward movements and activity and moving inward is essential to preserving the integrity of our aspiration for peace. If your schedule allows, give it a try!

New Moon Uposatha

Today is the Uposatha, meaning this evening there will be our online program starting at 8pm EDT with meditation, precepts and dhamma talk. Enthusiastic meditators can stay after for additional informal meditation until midnight EDT.

Info at:

https://www.upavana.org/events

Upavana now has a property for meditations and events, but no internet or electricity there. We really are close to nature! In order to reach the whole community on this day of practice, the session will be broadcast on Zoom with no in-person component. But stay tuned as this is a work in progress. If you would like to support getting us hooked up off-grid, check out the wish list or donation options on:

https://www.upavana.org/support-upavana