Solitary Retreat System – An Introduction
Buddha has repeatedly emphasised the need to stay in seclusion, hidden away in a quiet place, with neither disturbing chores nor provocation. If one can let go of everything and focus deeply on one’s practice; renunciation, faith, and other meritorious virtues will then increase with time.
When there is no socialising, all worldly deeds will naturally be reduced; one can then use the cooling dharma rain collected in one’s mind to extinguish one’s fire of wishful thoughts, thus gaining peace and joy with ease.
The retreat centre in Buddha Mandala Monastery in Western Australia has the Path to Buddhahood Practice System, Practice Booklet System, Solitary Retreat System as well as the integrated theory and practice system, it is therefore incredibly exceptional.
If one can stay in this secluded retreat centre to concentrate on one’s practice, one will gain great benefits and joy. It is only through real practice during a retreat that one can get a taste of the wondrous nectar of dharma, and it is only through a retreat that one can check the result of one’s practice.
Objective of Solitary Retreat:
To gain practice experiences, to develop realisations on true views and hearings.
Stay in a secluded place to concentrate and delve deeper into one’s practice, if one can stay in seclusion to practice for at least seven days, it would be very remarkable.
Venue of Solitary Retreat:
Buddha Mandala Monastery, Chittering, Western Australia (Perth)
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.