Meditation

Historically, yoga was heavily influenced by the Buddhist thought prevalent in India at the time of composition of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. From Wikipedia on Patanjali's yoga sutras:

Karel Werner writes that "Patanjali's system is unthinkable without Buddhism. As far as its terminology goes there is much in the Yoga Sutras that reminds us of Buddhist formulations from the Pāli Canon and even more so from the Sarvāstivāda Abhidharma and from Sautrāntika."

Robert Thurman writes that Patanjali was influenced by the success of the Buddhist monastic system to formulate his own matrix for the version of thought he considered orthodox.

The commitment of connecting to a regular meditation practice and the benefits the Yogi will reap are clearly indicated when considering the historical origins of modern-day yoga. Buddhist meditation is the perfect complement to yoga asana practice, taking the Yogi into an exploration of the last four of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga.

We have a morning meditation meeting with teaching and discussion about the practice. The rest of the practice day is up to you to study and practice - either yoga or meditation. No one monitors sessions or rings bells to say when you may start or finish. Your practice is up to you and we encourage you to make the most of your time here and practice as much as you can.

Meditation guidance is available through one-on-one interviews with one of our meditation instructors several times each week.

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Center Policies
During your visit, we request that you speak minimally and softly. We also suggest you participate in a lighter schedule on your first day to allow for some settling in.

Many of our guests adhere to five modes of conduct to allow the mind to become calm and be in a stable state conducive to deeper yogic practice & meditation. These are in accordance with Patanjali’s first limb, ethical practices (yamas):

1. Don't lie about anything – try to be perfectly honest. (satya)
2. Don't kill anything – try to respect life. (ahimsa)
3. Don't steal anything – take only what is offered. (asteya)
4. Refrain from sexual activities – try to respect yourself & others. (brahmacharya)
5. Refrain from intoxicants – protect and preserve your awareness.

This last one includes reading, music, excessive writing or journaling - anything that is a compulsive distraction. These activities are fine if done in a mindful, aware manner.

If you have serious physical or mental health issues, these must be addressed before arriving at the center. It is not acceptable to arrive here and then begin to look into these matters, as it is not the purpose of this center.

Retreat guests are asked to provide a name and phone number of someone who can be contacted in the event of an emergency.

Please feel free to contact us with any question you may have, reserve your retreat time, or register now.

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