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I’m currently attending a retreat at the Tushita Meditation Center in the Tibetan exile city of McLeod Ganj, India. There I am learning about the philosophies of Buddhism and the practice of meditation. The retreat started on April 20th and lasts ten days. I will not be reachable during this time, but pre-written posts should show up almost daily. Notification emails won’t be sent, so you’ll have to come back on your own!


COURSE SCHEDULE:

April 20th
4.30pm Welcome and Introductory talk
6.15pm Dinner
7.30pm Introduction to Meditation

April 21-26
6.00am Wake up
6.45 – 7.30am Mindfulness Meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00 – 11.00am Teaching
11.15 – 12.00pm Yoga (if teacher available)
12.00 – 2.00pm Lunch & Karma Yoga Jobs
2.00 – 3.00pm Discussion Groups
3.30 – 5.00pm Teaching
5.30 – 6.15pm Guided Meditation
6.15pm Dinner
7.30pm Evening Meditation

April 27-28
6.00am Wake up
6.45 – 7.30am Mindfulness Meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00 – 9.45am Guided Meditation
10.15 – 11.00am Guided Meditation
11.15 – 12.00pm Yoga (if teacher available)
12.00 – 2.15pm Lunch & Karma Yoga Jobs
2.15 – 3.00pm Guided Meditation
4.00 – 4.45pm Guided Meditation
5.30 – 6.15pm Guided Meditation
6.15pm Dinner
7.30pm Evening Meditation

April 29
6.00am Wake up
6.45 – 7.30am Mindfulness Meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Final Talk and Feedback
12.00pm Picnic Lunch
1.00 – 3.00pm Check out

RULES:

1. Do not leave Tushita property for the entire course. Please settle all travel arrangements, calls, etc. before you come to Tushita.

2. Participants must attend all sessions of the course and come to sessions on time.

3. You are expected to observe silence (no talking at all) from the evening of the first day until the end of the course.

4. Please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to fellow group members.

5. Please observe the following five precepts:

* Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.
* Respect others’ property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.
* Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.
* Be celibate: no sex (men and women must have separate accommodation).
* Be alert and mindful: avoid intoxicants, such as cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs.

6. Be considerate of others, especially those in retreat:

* No singing or playing music.
* Keep silence around the rooms at all times. Even when you are not in silence, please keep silence around others who are observing silence.
* Because we have monks and nuns living at Tushita, please dress respectfully (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or tight and revealing clothing)

7. The following etiquette is considered respectful behaviour in a Buddhist temple:

* Please stand up when the teacher enters the hall.
* Do not cover your head during teachings: no hats, scarves, etc.
* Never point your feet towards the teacher, the altar, or any holy object.
* Do not put Dharma materials – prayer books, texts, Dharma books or notebooks with Dharma in them – on the floor; or sit or step over them.
* Do not lie down in the gompa between sessions or while you are watching a teaching or video. If you need to rest, lean against the wall.
* Always keep silence in the meditation hall, especially during teachings, pujas and when there are people meditating.
* Do not read non-Dharma books in the gompa.

MAP OF TUSHITA:

By May 1st, I plan on being Enlightened and able to levitate. Yea sure, I’ll do parties.

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