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Retreat from Afar

"Winter has become my favorite time of year, and it's because of Retreat from Afar. My practice is most stable during those three months. I tangibly feel the support of everyone doing the retreat at the Abbey and around the world."

  Susan Mitchell
  Cataldo, Idaho

Retreat from Afar (en Español)

Every winter the residents of Sravasti Abbey do three months of retreat. While a few guests can join us in person, hundreds can join by doing the Retreat from Afar, participating along with the meditators at the Abbey.

Join us this winter (2015) for: 

Manjushri Retreat from Afar

1-month Retreat: January 13 - February 9
3-month Retreat: January 13 - April 13 

By doing a daily practice during the same dates as the retreat, you develop your Dharma practice while feeling the support of the Abbey residents who are doing the same.

You also give your support to those of us doing the retreat at the Abbey, encouraging our practice.

The Abbey has offered the Retreat from Afar for several years, and people love doing it. It supports "distance meditators" to maintain a regular daily practice, deepen their understanding of the Dharma, and gain many insights into their lives.

To participate you commit to at least one practice session of the Manjushri sadhana every day.

You can stay in touch with the retreat through regular Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner videos and on Facebook.

To join in, please email our coordinator, and send a photo of yourself to place in the Meditation Hall at the Abbey during the retreat, symbolizing your participation.

Retreat Preparation and Study Materials

Follow the guidelines for retreat preparation that you'll find on this page.

You can start with these resources;

1) Manjushri front generation sadhana—text only

2) Introduction to the Manjushri practice— audio only
Ven. Thubten Chodron, Cloud Mountain Retreat Center 2004

3) Ven. Thubten Chodron leads the Manjushri front-generation sadhana—audio only, Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, 2008

4) Ven. Thubten Chodron leads the front generation sadhana with extended meditation on emptiness—audio & unedited transcript
Osel Shen Phen Ling, Missoula, MT 2008

5) Ven. Thubten Chodron explains the Manjushri practiceaudio & unedited transcript, Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, 2008

6) Additional teachings from the 2008-2009 Manjushri retreat are here.

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