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Buddha Mandala Monastery Retreat System – Actual Practice Section

Buddha Mandala Monastery Retreat System – Actual Practice Section

Practice Booklet 2 to 4 – Solitary Retreat:

  • Solitary retreat for students doing Practice Booklet 2 to 4 will be guided by the Venerables.  

    Students can also include the Sravaka-yana practice of Samatha and Vipassana in their retreat practice.

    After an interview and review by the Venerables, students who meet the application criteria can do a solitary retreat within a period of seven days to three months.

Practice Booklet 5 to 8 – Solitary Retreat:

  • Solitary retreat for students doing Practice Booklet 5 to 8 will be guided by the Supreme Master.  

    After an interview and review by the Supreme Master, students who meet the application criteria can do a solitary retreat within a period of one month to three years and three months.

Criteria for Solitary Retreat
  • Must have studied The Great Treatise of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo) or
    A Guide to the Preliminary Practices of the Great Perfection by Longchen Nyingthig.
  • Must be a student of the Progressive Class (Teachings of the Three Vehicles or Sutras and Sastras of Maitreya) or Research Class.
  • Must be familiar with the requirements of all the practice methods in the respective Practice Booklets.

(Going through a retreat will result in a certain level of quality realisation, both in terms of theory and practice; whether one can perfectly complete the Five Paths will depend on one’s diligence and make up.)