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Rains Retreat Schedule 'Vassa' at Dhammagiri

For 3 months, from the full moon of July to the full moon in October, the monks settle down for a period of intensified meditation practice. This year, that's from Wed 02 August until Sun 29 October.

We are not allowed to travel during this time (except in certain emergencies), and all energy is devoted to cultivate bhāvanā. Here at Dhammagiri, we stop all external projects like building & maintenance work, during this time.

We're keeping Noble Silence ('Ariyo Tuṇhī-Bhāvo') as much as possible, as it is one of the most important supportive conditions to develop samatha meditation.

We still continue all our regular sessions:

  • Every day after the meal

  • Every Saturday morning 07.30 am Chanting, Refuge & Precepts

  • Every Sunday afternoon 03.00 pm Chanting, Meditation, Reflection

  • Sunday closest to Full Moon One Day Retreat 8.30 am to 5.00 pm

  • However, we do keep the Dhammadiscussion after the meal short (about 30 min max), to minimize the need to talk for the senior monk, and allow him to get back to his kuti early to refocus his mind on internal silence.

  • We do the sessions mostly in Q&A form, rather than delivering a formal "sermon". Please don't feel shy to ask questions, or else the session may be quite short ;-)

Your understanding and support are much appreciated 😊

Buddhas Bodhisatvas Buddhist Kizil Cave #123 of Ringbearing Doves Silkoad China

"Cave of Ringbearing Doves" (Kizil Cave #123), Kucha, Northern Silk Road, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China, around sixth century CE.

Reonstruction of cave in original size with original frescos in Humboldt Forum, Berlin.

Detail of Buddha's & Bodhisatvas in domed cave ceiling.


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