Buddhist retreat...?

What happens at a Buddhist retreat?


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11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best answer

    Meditation, teachings, eat, sleep, repeat as necessary.


  • 4 years ago

    It depends where you are in the world as to what takes place in a temple on special occassions (births, deaths, opening a new shop, blessing a new car etc.) Meditation retreats were initially for pilgrims and have more and more become aimed at backpackers traveling through Asia to 'find themselves' (snigger!). Most practicing Buddhists would be aware of the work of the retreats but only attend one themselves maybe once in their lives for a few days only. A retreat concerns itself with the spiritual side of being, a temple has to also include the day to day physical needs of those living in the temple and surrounding area. It usually comes down to money and being passive participants to a lot of Pali chanting, which even the chanters hardly understand! Oh well....

  • 1 decade ago

    There are different schools of Buddhism, and different retreat structures, but by and large ...

    You do a great deal of meditation. Typically this is in alternating periods of sitting and walking meditations. And you're encouraged to make all your activities ... like your meals and your work chores ... into exercises of mindfulness. (The Japanese Tea ceremony, by the way, is based off of how Zen monks take their meals during retreats.)

    And you will typically have meetings with teachers and/or advanced practitioners to discuss the experiences you are having. Otherwise, you will be encouraged to remain in silence as much as is feasible.

    I once heard someone describe it as having a huge hand wrap around you (and everyone else on the retreat) and gently squeezing you into yourself and the truth of your life.

    I've done a bunch of these. I HIGHLY recommend the experience.


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Fore example, check this webpage about a 3 year retreat one of my friends is on now. It gives a pretty good picture.


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Efforts to search the truth which lies within one's self

    "Budhdham Sharnam Gachchaami"

    it means go to the shelter of Lord Budhdha's feet

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    meditation, breakfast, work period, meditation, lunch, meditation, work period, meditation, dinner, meditation, sleep.

    If you get the chance, sleep in the actual temple/meditation area if there is a traditional temple on the property. Its a pretty cool experience.

    Source(s): Zen Buddhist retreats I have attended.
  • 1 decade ago

    Learning, peace, friendship, harmony, truth, kindness, tolerance. I might have forgotten a few.

  • 1 decade ago

    Probably a lot of meditation and incense-burning.

  • Petina
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Sitting with their legs crossed, closed eyes, and humming.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    we all sit around and contemplate the sound of hollow questions posed by drunk cicadas... simple, really... then we meditate on nothing...

    Source(s): I am a Buddhist monk Luan Pa
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