Retreat from Afar

Join the Winter Retreat from Afar

We spend every winter in silent retreat.
Only a few can join in person. But hundreds meditate in the Retreat from Afar.

What Is It?

Retreat from Afar 
coincides with the Abbey’s annual winter meditation retreat. It’s during the same time frame and meditating on the same topic as the people at the Abbey.

To join in the 2020 Retreat from Afar, you commit to do at least one practice session every day and one mala (108 recitations) of the Buddha’s mantra. You can add your mantra recitation to the Abbey’s effort to Build Buddha the Hall. Go here for details and to hear audio of the Buddha’s mantra.

People love doing Retreat from Afar, and about 200 people join in every year. It supports “distance meditators” to maintain a regular daily practice, deepen their understanding of the Dharma, and gain insights into their life.

In addition, their practice supports the people doing retreat at the Abbey.

There is no charge. Your voluntary offering generates merit for you and supports the Abbey to continue offer the Dharma freely worldwide.

To sign up:

Program Specifics


2020 Retreat from Afar 

Shakyamuni Buddha &
Lam rim 


January 3-March 27, 2020 


Golden Buddha


Find the sadhana (practice text) here. Begin studying the lamrim teachings with these booklets for free distribution.

Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner talks on YouTube will offer teachings on the practice and general retreat advice. 

You can stay also in touch with the Abbey’s concurrent Winter Retreat on the Abbey’s Facebook page.

Read about Lynne’s life-changing Retreat from Afar.

Join a global community that meditates together every day.

Hundreds join in the winter Retreat from Afar.


“My practice is most stable during the Retreat from Afar. I tangibly feel the support of everyone at the Abbey and around the world.”


Susan Mitchell

Cataldo, Idaho

Turkeys, deer, and other wildlife make their winter retreat appearances.

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