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, you commit to do at least one practice session of the Winter Retreat meditation every day. Depending on the topic of this year’s retreat, there may be a commitment to recite a certain number of mantras as well.

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.

To sign up

  • Please email our coordinator.
  • Send a photo of yourself to post in the Abbey’s Chenrezig Hall during the retreat to symbolize your participation. The resident meditators love looking at your faces and thinking of you as we practice.

Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner talks on YouTube offer teachings on the practice and general retreat advice. You can stay also in touch with the retreat on the Abbey’s Facebook page.

Program Specifics

January 30-March 31, 2017

Two concurrent retreats:

Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga or

Four Establishments of Mindfulness

Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a preliminary practice (ngondro) that relates to Tibet’s great scholar/yogi Lama Tsongkhapa to develop a strong relationship with and invoke the guidance of our spiritual mentors. For Retreat from Afar, you commit to do at least one session of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru yoga, plus 108 recitations of the Tibetan request prayer (migtsema), each day. You can download the practice text (sadhana.) Additional instructions are on the Retreat Preparation page.

The Four Establishments of Mindfulness practices take four distinct objects—body, feelings, mind, and phenomena—as the focus of meditation. The practice employs both stabilizing and analytical meditation. For Retreat from Afar, you commit to do at least one 75-minute meditation session each day focusing on one of the four objects. Additional instructions are on the Retreat Preparation page

Join a global community that meditates together every day.

“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

Founded by
Ven. Thubten Chodron

Endorsed by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Newport WA 99156 USA

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