The benefits of doing the Manjushri practice, an explanation of the visualization in the sadhana, and advice for doing the practice.
Series: Manjushri Retreat (Winter 2008-09)
The 2008-2009 winter retreat at Sravasti Abbey focused on the Manjushri practice and lamrim meditation. Venerable Chodron and Venerable Chonyi offered teachings throughout the retreat.
Setting the motivation for retreat, remembering the sufferings of the lower realms, and endeavoring to take advantage of our precious human lives.
A question-and-answer session touching on the purpose of silence on retreat, retreat etiquette, and daily life on the retreat.
What to do when the mind gets crazy in meditation, how to pace yourself during long meditation sessions. Maintaining a balanced mind and attitude in retreat.
A discussion session with questions from those doing the retreat, covering topics like dealing with distractions and why we need to develop bodhicitta.
Observing how sleep patterns may change during retreat due to the calming of the mind, and how to handle various emotions that come up during meditation.
For those coming out of the one-month retreat: how to come out of retreat and integrate retreat experience into daily life at home.
Working with the afflictions, applying correct antidotes, an explanation of lung and a discussion regarding meaning generalities highlight this session.
A discussion on mindfulness, antidotes to lethargy and sleepiness, proper meditation posture and dealing with pain, and contemplating attachment to the body.
How an awareness of dissatisfaction can fuel the practice, and how silence in retreat is different than shutting others out.