May 2022

07May(May 7)2:30 PM13(May 13)11:00 AMSeeing the Path Clearly: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception (Vipallasa) - A Retreat with Monastic NunsRegistration now closed. Retreat in session. 2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (13) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Ayya Anandabodhi; Ayya Santacitta On-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday to Friday, May 7-13, 2022 (6 nights). Code 354R22.
Registration Fee: $150, PLUS a donation to the teachers and retreat staff — see details below.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Registration opens approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 5, 2022.


Open to: Everyone

Seeing the Path Clearly: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception (Vipallasa) – A Retreat with Monastic Nuns

The Buddha spoke of four distortions of perception, mind and view, that keep us from seeing clearly the way things are. Exploring how these distortions show up in our experience and putting on the corrective lens of Dhamma, we can find our way to a more happy and peaceful life.

This retreat is open to all genders.

PLEASE NOTE: Retreatants are encouraged to keep 8 Precepts for the entire length of this retreat. For those who choose not to keep the 6th Precept, a light supper will be available.

The Eight Precepts:
1. Not intentionally killing or harming any living creatures.
2. Not stealing, or concerning oneself with the possessions of others.
3. Not engaging in sexual activity of any kind.
4. Not lying or using speech harmfully. (On retreat this precept is usually observed as Noble Silence–keeping the silence unless there is a practical necessity to speak.)
5. Not taking intoxicating drink or drugs.
6. Not eating after mid-day. (Optional)
7. Not seeking amusements or wearing special bodily adornment. (On retreat one dresses and acts in a modest and restrained manner.)
8. Not using sleep indulgently.

Registration Fee & Cancellation Policy:
A minimum $150 registration fee is required to reserve a space in this retreat and is not refundable (see cancellation policy below). A retreat of this length would normally cost $750. This registration fee is a discounted rate for this monastic retreat and covers a small portion of the “value of the goods and services received” by attending this retreat. Any rate paid below $740 is not tax-deductible. The tax deductible rates are Sustainer and above.

On the last day of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer dāna or donation in two categories: support for the retreat teachers and support for Spirit Rock. The cultivation of generosity is at the heart of the Buddha’s path. Dāna is the Pāli word for giving, and refers to the spiritual practice of generosity and letting go. Your giving supports our teachers and staff to continue offering the Dharma in an accessible and open-handed way, and for Spirit Rock to continue to offer this unique annual monastic retreat. To read more about the practice of dāna, go to Dāna: The Practice of Generosity.

Cancellation policy for this retreat:

  • Full refund = cancel greater than 4 weeks (April 9)
  • $150 cancellation fee = cancel between 4 – 2 weeks before the retreat (April 10-23)
  • No refunds = cancel less than 2 weeks and beyond (April 24)

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting with our “Living with Awareness” retreat on March 27, 2022, we will return to double occupancy rooms. Most of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We will also return to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate and these will be limited (16). This rate guarantees a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock. Single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; everyone has a chance of being assigned a single room.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

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