Retreat from Afar
2024 Retreat from Afar
Four Truths and Refuge Ngondro
January 5 – March 22
The Four Truths are the foundation of the entire Buddhist path, and the refuge ngondro (preliminary practice) brings us into deeper insight into and reliance on the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
With this practice, we develop concentration and nurture renunciation and bodhicitta, strengthening our bodhisattva commitment to attain buddhahood as quickly we can.
Download the refuge ngondro meditation outline here.
Save the Date: You’re invited to the Retreat from Afar Zoom Orientation on January 3rd, 2024. Join us at either 9am PST or 4pm PST for an overview of what RFA involves, and an opportunity to ask questions and connect with other retreatants from afar.
You must be registered to receive the Orientation link invitation. Register here.
A reminder with the Zoom info will be sent closer to the date for everyone registered for the retreat.
What Is It?
Abbey monastics spend every winter in silent retreat. Only a few can join in person, but hundreds meditate in the Retreat from Afar.
Retreat from Afar occurs during the same timeframe as the Abbey winter retreat, and participants meditate on the same topic.
Generally, to join in Retreat from Afar, you commit to do at least one practice session every day.
People love doing Retreat from Afar, and 200-300 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.
Your voluntary offering generates merit for you and supports the Abbey to continue offer the Dharma freely worldwide.
Want to help fellow retreatants in prison?
Retreat material are emailed to you each week, but there’s no email in prison. Hard copy practice packets are snail-mailed to the prison practitioners.
You can support their retreat and make merit by making an offering to support the prison Dharma mailings. Go to the Donate page. Under the drop down called “My donation is for …” choose “Prison Dharma Fund.”