Peaks and Valleys on the Path. A retreat led by Ajahn Jivako
This retreat will be the chance to practice in a quiet setting and take time for formal meditation (sitting and walking) and also explore the ‘highs and the lows’ while cultivating the path to awakening. The retreat will be an opportunity for both beginners and those already familiar with the practice of meditation within the Buddhist tradition, developing calm, concentration and wisdom. There will be guided meditations, reflections, some readings, along with time for questions and answers regarding practice. Some topics that will be covered will be understanding the five hindrances, the seven enlightenment factors, developing right-effort and other aspects of the Four Noble Truths. This retreat will give both structured support for meditation, along with times for personal practice and reflection on the teachings. This won’t be an overly academic retreat and the emphasis will be for oneself to take a step back and spend some time away from conversation, social media etc. and understand and deepen the practice within the heart. Making use of the retreat center environment, noble silence will be encouraged along with the switching off of mobile phones.
Ajahn Jivako is an American monk ordained within the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in 2006 at Wat Pah Pong. He began his monastic training in Thailand at Wat Pah Nanachat (the International monastery associated with Ajahn Chah) and lived in this community for 6 years. Over his monastic career, he has spent time with many teachers, both Thai and Western, and has traveled and lived in various monasteries around the world. He has spent time in Thailand, Australia, the US, Canada. Ajahn Jivako has spent time with various teachers and finds much inspiration and connection with the teachings of Luang Por Sumedho, the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah.
5:00 – 6:30 Morning session. Brief chanting and a period of meditation.
6:30- 8:00 Breakfast, personal time
8:00-9:30 Reflections and guided meditation
9:30-11:00 Sitting and walking meditation
11:00-1:00 Meal offering, lunch, and rest
1:00-2:00 Guided meditation and reflections
2:00-3:30 Sitting and walking meditation
3:30-5:00 Q&A, discussion
5:00-6:30 Tea, (optional light dinner) and rest
6:30-8:00 Evening session. Brief chanting and a period of mediation.
8:00 – … Personal time for practice and rest.