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The residential retreat at Jhana Grove Retreat Centre in WA, 11 – 20 November, will soon be open for registrations.

BMIMC Friday 2 to Friday 30 September

A 28-day residential retreat in the Blue Mountains

Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).

This retreat is designed for experienced practitioners who feel independent in their practice, to the degree that they can be confident in their ability to maintain their practice with the minimum of external support. 

Preference will be given to people who are able to attend for the whole month.

Further information & bookings: Go to the retreat page on the BMIMC website. You can also phone the BMIMC office on 02 4788 1024.

The Way of Mindfulness Friday 21 – Sunday 30 October 2022

An online retreat

Mindfulness is central to the Buddha’s path to liberation. Mindfulness practice has spread to the secular world as a means to psychological health, and in this transition its meaning has adapted to its new context. In this online retreat we will go back to the origins, exploring and practising mindfulness as understood by the Buddha himself. Since an online retreat is a domestic retreat, conducted in the midst of our everyday cares, we will explore ways to apply mindfulness to the challenges and stresses of ordinary life.

Retreat fees & dāna
Retreat fees cover our expenses and build a fund for future retreats. They do not pay for Patrick’s teaching. In Buddhist tradition, the dharma is felt to be of such great value that it cannot be bought or sold: it can be transmitted and received only as gift. This is dāna, which means “giving” or “gift.” In this spirit, Patrick offers his teaching as a gift. His students return his gift in the form of financial support, and Patrick lives on these gifts. Details for giving dāna to Patrick will be provided at the conclusion of the retreat, or can be found on the dāna page of his website.

Schedule of fees
Full time attendance (includes one-on-one interviews with Patrick) $250; Full time without interviews (for experienced practitioners only and with prior approval) $200; Weekend only (without interviews) $50; Attendance at nightly dharma talks is free, with a Zoom link provided to those who register.

Cancellations
Cancellations are accepted up until two weeks prior to the retreat, and a refund of 90% will be given without question. The additional 10% is kept to cover expenses. Cancellations will also be accepted after this date if you have unexpected circumstances, but you will need to email the retreat manager, Alex, at retreats@mindthegap.events.

Information and registration
Please see the online retreat shop. If you have any further questions please email Alex, the retreat manager, at: retreats@mindthegap.events.

Schedules
Participants in an online retreat will be based in different time zones. You can see schedules for several time zones on the schedules pages. If you are in a time zone other than those, please email Alex at retreats@mindthegap.events with the desired time zone and he will generate a new schedule.

Jhana Grove, Serpentine WA Friday 11 – Sunday 20 November 2022

Mindfulness & the way of insight.

ahis residential retreat will be held at Jhana Grove Retreat Centre, located in a valley of the Darling Scarp adjacent Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine. The retreat is organised by the Perth Insight Meditation Group (PIMG).

In this retreat we will practise mindfulness and explore its application to the discovery of insight. For the Buddha, “insight” means seeing into the three universal characteristics of impermanence or change (anicca), pain or dis-ease (dukkha) and not-self (anattā). These characteristics reveal a world entirely different from the one we have taken for granted as “real” or “normal.” In this new world we discover what the Buddha calls Dharma, the way life actually flows, and learn to live flourishing lives that benefit both us and those around us.

For further information
Registration, pricing and other details will be posted on the PIMG website.