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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 (2016) for: 

January 15-February 12, 2016
The Preliminary Practice of Refuge with
Lamrim Meditation from “The Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience”
One-month option: January 15-February 12
10-week option: January 15-March 31

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 the Shakyamuni Buddha meditation with the additional refuge visualization and mantra recitation 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

Study and practice the detailed Meditation on the Buddha, which you can listen to and download here.

Study the specific visualization and meditations for the refuge ngondro here.

Download the text for “The Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience” here, and incorporate these into your daily practice.

Watch the video teachings on “The Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience." The playlist is here.

Please read some Lamrim books and think about and meditate on their contents. A Lamrim outline used in previous retreats is in the Lamrim section of

In addition, you can get Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path, in which Ven. Chodron leads all the lamrim meditations. These will help you greatly during retreat.

Additional prep material will be posted as it is available.

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