The 17-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat was eagerly requested for several years and was a great success when it was held for the first time in 2010. The retreat intends to take a more profound approach to meditation and the depth of practice. It creates the premises for even deeper insights in which Awareness, Compassion, Beauty, Love, Bliss, and Freedom will be revealed. It will generally include less speaking and less introduction of techniques, etc., with more and deeper meditation periods, plus special elements that apply only to this retreat.
Some of the elements of the 17-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat include:
- Tonglen, a Buddhist practice of compassion
- Presentations about Christianity: the affirmations of Jesus considered from the Advaita perspective (commentary on some passages from the Gospels)
- Walking meditation
- Inspiring Teaching of St Teresa of Avila about the degrees of contemplation
- More commentary about mental void, Stillness and Nirodha Parinama (“the transformation of cesation”)
- Stories and narratives that detail the enlightenment of great masters: inspiring stories from inside the process
- 3-2-1-0 Method
- Beauty as a means and Reality
- Selected methods from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
- And, more…
One condition must be met in order to join the Advanced Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat:
Participants will need to commit to attending the standard 10-day Hridaya Retreat directly preceding the Advanced Retreat. This purifies participants and prepares the ground for advanced levels of meditation; it is absolutely necessary and non-negotiable. Thus, this retreat is considered 17 days in length and all participants of the Advanced Retreat must join all days.
There is no further prerequisite. Anyone – even someone wholly unfamiliar with meditation or someone who has not previously joined a meditation retreat – is welcome to join if committing to the full retreat of 17 days. (Of course, all are welcome to join only the regular 10-day retreat which overlaps the Advanced Retreat.)
It is important that participants prepare themselves and commit from the beginning with a determination to attend the complete 17-day retreat. It is strongly recommended that attendees should not take a “wait and see” approach, leaving a decision to join to follow their evaluation of the 10-day retreat.
Participants will realize that the energy and depth of the retreat builds up naturally through its extended duration. This period of practice will bring by itself some important transformations to all participants.
Registration is done in the day before the start of the Retreat. All participants, regardless of whether they have previously attended a Hridaya Retreat, must attend the registration session which takes place at this time. This session will consist of payments and registration, going over the retreat guidelines, and a short presentation of the Retreat and of Hridaya meditation followed by Q&A with Sahajananda. Please contact the Registration Office to confirm the time of this meeting.
Book your place for the next 17-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat here.