vipassana 2019 zopa

The universe exists for us only when we experience it with the body or with the mind. It is nowhere else, it is always in the here and now, and the exploration of this here and now is the only way in which we can explore the world. Unless we explore this inner world, we can never know reality. We will just know our intellectual conceptions and opinions about it.

But once we observe ourselves we can get to know reality directly and we can learn to handle it in a positive and creative way.

What is Vipassana?

Vipassana is one of the oldest meditation techniques in India. It was lost for centuries to humanity, and was rediscovered by Siddhartha Goutama (the Buddha) more than 2,500 years ago. Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is a process of self-purification through self-observation. It begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind and then, with a sharpened awareness, we proceed to observe the changing nature of the "body and mind" and experience the universal truths of "impermanence", "suffering" and the "absence of ego". This is the process of purification: the knowledge of the truth through direct experience. It is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or a sect. For this reason, everyone can practice it freely at any time and place, without conflicts arising from race, culture or religion to which they belong. It is equally beneficial for each and every one who practice it.

About the teacher

Ven. Zopa, Nalanda
Ven. Lobsang Zopa
is a Spanish monk. He was ordained by H.H. Dalai Lama in Dharamsala (India) and is a teacher recognized by the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition). He has been a resident monk at Nalanda Monastery in France for more than 10 years. Since several years, and with the approval of his teachers, he has been giving courses and directing meditation retreats of shamatha and vipassana in Spain and Mexico. He has also practiced Zen meditation for over 15 years.

 

Conditions of the retreat

THE SILENCE
All students must maintain Silence throughout the retreat. All types of communication with other students, including non-verbal communication, is prohibited.
However, students can speak when they deem necessary and can contact the responsible of the course to solve problems related to the practice itself or with respect to accommodation, health, etc.

YOGA AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE


Although physical yoga and other exercises are compatible with the practice of Vipassana, they should be suspended during the course, because the proper conditions of isolation are not available. Nor is running allowed. Students can walk during rest periods.

INTOXICANTS


It is not allowed: Tobacco, drugs, alcohol or any type of intoxicant. Those who are taking any prescription medication must let them know when they arrive at the retreat.

CLOTHING


The clothes have to be simple, modest and comfortable, (you should also bear in mind that they will live in a monastic environment)

CONTACTS WITH THE EXTERIOR


Students must remain within the campus in which the course is held until it concludes. They can only abandon it in a totally justifiable case. No communication with the outside is allowed until the course ends; This includes writing letters, phone calls and receiving visits. In case of emergency, a friend or family member can contact those responsible for the course or the center.

READING AND WRITING


Neither should reading or writing material be brought to the course, the restrictions on reading and writing are intended to emphasize the strictly practical nature of this meditation.



RECORDERS AND PHOTO CAMERAS


They can not be used.

Schedule

August 16, Friday

19:00 Retreat Presentation

August 17 to August 26

05:30 Wake up
06:00 - 07:00   Motivation, Prayers. Sitting Meditation
07:30 - 09:00   Break fast
09:00 - 09:20   Walking Meditation
09:20 - 10:00   Sitting Meditation
10:00 - 10:20   Walking Meditation
10:20 - 11:00   Sitting Meditation
11:00 - 11:30   Break
11:30 - 11:50   Walking Meditation
11:50 - 12:30   Sitting Meditation
12:30 - 15:00   Meals and Karma yoga
15:00 - 15:20   Walking Meditation
15:20 - 16:00   Sitting Meditation
16:00 - 16:20   Walking Meditation
16:20 - 17:00   Sitting Meditation
17:00 - 17:30   Tea, Break
17:30 - 18:15   Sitting Meditation
18:15 - 19:30   Dinner
19:30 - 20:30   Teaching
20:30 - 21:00   Meditation and dedication

August 27, Tuesday

05:30                         Wake up
06:00 - 07:00             Motivation, Prayers. Sitting Meditation
07:30 - 09:00             Break fast
09:00 - 09:20             Walking Meditation
09:20 - 10:00             Sitting Meditation
10:00 - 10:20             Walking Meditation
10:20 - 11:00             Sitting Meditation
11:00 - 11:30             Break
11:30 - 11:50             Walking Meditation
11:50 - 12:30             Sitting Meditation
12:30 - 15:00             Meals

 

Price

 

Price list for Vipassana Retreat

Registration for the retreat

Do not hesitate to contact us if needed.

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If there is a complete cancellation more than one month in advance of the booked period, we will refund the complete fee. The same applies for partial cancellations done more than one month in advance of the booked period, where we will refund the respective amount of days that the person had to cancel. 

For full and partial cancellations between one month and one week in advance, we will charge a cancellation fee of 20% of the initially booked period. 

Cancellations done equal to or less than one week in advance of the retreat, will not be refunded. In special cases like severe sickness of the participant or death of a close friend or relative exceptions can be made. If this applies to you, please contact us to discuss your case.

Please keep in mind that by registering and then canceling, you might be taking the opportunity of doing the retreat from someone else.

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