Students undertaking a meditation course should come prepared to abide by the course guidelines. One should come with the understanding and intention to enter a retreat and remain at the Centre for the duration of the retreat.
The training, if followed diligently, will result in a calmer mind through the gradual eradication of impurities and, ultimately, in the realisation of the ‘Nibbanic Peace within’.
It is essential to start with a stable and sound base of conduct. For the duration of the training, each student is asked to observe the following five precepts:
- To refrain from killing
- To refrain from stealing
- To refrain from sexual misconduct (here total celibacy)
- To refrain from lying
- To refrain from the use of intoxicants and drugs
- To refrain from eating after midday.
- To refrain from sensual entertainments and bodily decorations.
- To refrain from using high or luxurious beds.
In order to experience the benefits of the technique, Students are expected to follow the instructions given by the Teacher. During the period of training students will have to give up their previous practices and all spiritual activities. Students should not wear or bring with them spiritual objects or reading material of any kind.
Throughout the course, the emphasis is on investigating the truth for oneself by practising the technique. Observance of noble silence throughout the training period will be very beneficial and conducive to a better appreciation of the teaching. This means that the students should not talk amongst themselves, but they may of course speak to the Teacher and staff at any time.
There are daily interviews with the Teacher where each student is given personal guidance. Students should give a true and accurate account of their experience.
Timetable: [May change as per Teacher’s guidance]
|4:00 am||Wake up|
|4:30||Meditation in hall|
|6:30 – 8:00||Breakfast and rest|
|8:00 – 9:00||Group meditation in hall (for all)|
|9:30||Individual instruction (for all)|
|11:00 – 1:00 pm||Lunch and rest|
|1:00 – 1:45||Meditation|
|2:00 – 3:00||Group meditation in hall (for all)|
|3:30 – 5:00||Meditation, and interviews for new students|
|5:00 – 6:00||Tea and rest|
|7:30 – 8:30||Group meditation in hall (for all)|