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Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Analayo Australia July 2018

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St Mary's Towers

415 Douglas Park Drive

Douglas Park, NSW 2569


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This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipatthaana-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese.

The course is meant for experienced practitioners of meditation only, who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical source material. While based on the academic method of research, the emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with meditation practice during the rest of the day.

Course options:

Two identical one-week courses will be offered back-to-back, with a limited number of places available for people to do both courses. Those who stay for the second week may choose not to attend the morning study and discussion sessions and do their own meditation practice during this period.

First week option: 4:00 pm Saturday 14 July - 1:00 pm Saturday 21 July

Second week option: 4:00 pm Saturday 21 July - 1:00 pm Saturday 28 July

Both weeks option: 4:00 pm Saturday 14 July - 1:00 pm Saturday 28 July


Bhikkhu Anaalayo, assisted by Jill Shepherd

Bhikkhu Analayo is a German scholar-monk and the author of Satipatthaana: The Direct Path to Realization, Perspectives on Satipatthaana, and Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses. He is a Core Faculty Member at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg.

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

Pre-requisite for attendance:

Minimum four previous nine-day insight meditation retreats

Required reading in preparation for the course:

Analayo, Perspectives on Satipatthaana, Windhorse Publications (2013)

Also recommended:

Analayo, Satipatthaana: the Direct Path to Realization, Windhorse Publications (2003)

Analayo, Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation, Windhorse Publications (2015)

Analayo, Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts, Windhorse Publications (2016)

Analayo, Early Buddhist Meditation Studies, Barre: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, 2017

Excursions into the Thought-world of the Pāli Discourses, Washington: Pariyatti, 2012
download two separate files of the two original publications combined in this book:

Retreat fees:

The retreat fee covers only the cost of food and accommodation, plus a contribution to Bhikkhu Analayo's international airfare. The teaching is freely offered, and there will be an opportunity to give dana* to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

To reserve a place on the retreat you will need to register online here, and pay a non-refundable $50 deposit.

The balance of the retreat payment can then be paid either in full or in two instalments, due by 14 March 2017 and 14 January 2018, by direct credit into account details which will be supplied on application.

Cost of one-week retreat:

Please choose the rate that best fits your financial circumstances

Supporter rate (helps support scholarship places):

$50 deposit + $900 balance = $950.00 total

Mid rate (actual cost):

$50 deposit + $800 balance = $850.00 total

Scholarship rate (below cost):

$50 deposit + $700 balance = $750.00 total

Cost of BOTH one-week retreats:

Please choose the rate that best fits your financial circumstances

Supporter rate (helps support scholarship places):

$50 deposit + $1750 balance = $1,800.00 total

Mid rate (actual cost):

$50 deposit + $1600 balance = $1,650.00 total

Scholarship rate (below cost):

$50 deposit + $1450 balance = $1,500.00 total

Cancellation policy:

The retreat payment is refundable (minus the deposit) up to two months before the retreat begins.

If you cancel after 5:00 pm on 14 May 2018, the retreat cost will be forfeited and used to help subsidise scholarship places.

Dana – generosity

*In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer this retreat. There will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer donations to support Bhikkhu Analayo's ongoing teaching.

Practical Information

Rooms: All rooms are single, with shared bathrooms. Men and women are housed separately.

Food: The centre will provide simple vegetarian meals. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs.

Equipment: Chairs will be available, but please bring your own meditation cushion or bench if you have one, and a shawl or blanket.

Ethical Conduct: A core aspect of the Buddha’s teaching is the importance of living by ethical guidelines known as the Five Training Precepts. While on retreat, all participants undertake:

1. To refrain from harming any living beings – not to kill or intentionally hurt any person or creature.
2. To refrain from taking what is not freely given – not to steal or 'borrow' without the consent of the giver, and to accept what is offered.
3. To abstain from sexual activity during the retreat.
4. To practice Noble Silence and to refrain from harming by one's speech – not to lie, gossip or use harsh or hurtful language, and not to use mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices during the retreat. (Noble Silence will apply from the start of the midday meal until the next morning's breakfast; there will be study discussion groups each morning)
5. To abstain from using alcohol, recreational drugs and other intoxicants that cloud the mind and harm the body. (This does not apply to prescription medicines.)

Mobile phones: In support of your own and others' meditation practice, mobile phones and other electronic devices can't be used during the retreat.

You will be asked to make a formal commitment to Noble Silence as the fourth training precept (see above), and to leave your phone with the manager for safe-keeping during the retreat.

In the event of an emergency, family members or friends can call the St Mary's Towers retreat centre on 02 4630 0233.

What to bring:

Loose, comfortable clothing

Jacket or raincoat

Outdoor shoes for walking outside

Indoor-only shoes or slippers

Toiletries and medicines

Torch and spare batteries

Meditation cushion or sitting bench

Meditation shawl or blanket

Clock or watch to avoid using a mobile phone to check the time


Insect repellent

Cash or cheques to offer dana* for teacher

Contact Details

Jill Shepherd jill0shepherd@gmail.com


This event is partially supported by the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre


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