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Manjushri Retreat
by Venerable Thubten Chodron©
Sravasti Abbey, Newport, Washington, USA
One month: 10 December 2008 – 10 January 2009
Three months: 10 December 2008 – 9 March 2009


The 2008-2009 winter retreat focuses on the Manjushri practice and Lamrim meditation. Venerable Chodron and Venerable Chonyi will offer teachings throughout the retreat.

During this retreat, Venerable Chodron will also continue her commentary on "Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun," which she began in September 2008 at the Abbey. Click here for the link to the ongoing series "Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun." Audio and transcribed files from the retreat on this topic will be posted there as they become available.

For explanations of the Manjushri practice, go to the Manjushri section of the Retreat page.

11 December 2008

Manjushri Sadhana Overview and Questions
Venerable Chonyi goes over the sadhana and explains the benefits of the Manjushri practice to those doing the retreat. She also explains the visualizations and gives advice for doing the practice. Ven. Chonyi goes on to answer questions on the sadhana.
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12 December 2008

Motivation for the Manjushri Retreat
Ven. Chonyi sets the motivation for those doing the retreat.
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12 December 2008

Q&A
Venerable Chonyi leads a question and answer session. She talks about the purpose of silence on retreat, retreat etiquette, and daily life on the retreat. She also answers questions on counting the mantra.
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16 December 2008

Q&A
Venerable Chonyi leads a question and answer session.
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25 December 2008

Q&A
Venerable Chodron leads a discussion session with questions from those doing the retreat.
- What is lucid dreaming?
- Dealing with distractions,
- Meditating on emptiness using the four point analysis.
- If the afflictions are overcome by emptiness why do we need to develop Bodhicitta?
- What is the difference between the mind of clear light and the alaya?
- How is the mind different from the soul?
- Is compassion instinctive or does it need to be developed?

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1 January 2009

Q&A
Ven. Chodron leads the weekly question and answer session with those doing the retreat.
- Sleep patterns during retreat.
- Questions on the sadhana.
- How are the continuum of the mind and the continuum of the body connected?
- How to contemplate fear of a lower rebirth.
- Identifying the object to be negated when meditating on emptiness.

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8 January 2009

Q&A
Venerable Chodron leads the weekly discussion session. She also gives suggestions on how to come out of retreat and intergrate the retreat experience into daily life for those leaving after one month of retreat.
- Why don't you automatically go into compassion after you have a realization of emptiness?
- Developing concentration and mindfulness.
- The Bodhisattva path and the arhat path.
- What is realizing the nature of your mind?
- Mind and mental factors
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15 January 2009

Q&A
Ven. Chodron answers question during the discussion with those on retreat.
- Working with the mind during anger.
- If the Buddha's virtuous qualities are complete, why can't the Buddha be inherently existent?
- Identifying the basis of designation.
- How is a meaning generality a permanent phenomenon?
- Why is relaxing the antidote to falling asleep during meditation?
- What is lung?

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22 January 2009

Q&A
Ven. Chodron leads the discussion with those on retreat and answers questions.
- Mindfulness
- Counteracting lethargy during meditation.
- Meditation posture and dealing with physical discomfort.
- Results of actions are not punishment or reward.
- Contemplating attachment to the body.

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29 January 2009

Q&A
Ven. Chodron leads the discussion with those on retreat and answers questions.
- Getting in touch with the unsatisfactoriness of samsara to generate the determination to be free.
- Working with the feeling of dissatisfaction.
- How can you maintain mindfulness and at the same time not feel like you have to block out the rest of the world to do it?
- How can one be more aware when in contact with the world?
- How can you keep the mind in virtuous activity?

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5 February 2009

Q&A
Ven. Chodron answers questions for those on retreat.
- What is the difference between profound and great wisdom?
- Dakas, dikinis and Dharma protectors.
- Meditating on the disadvantages of cyclic existence.
- How does vipassana meditation show up in Vajrayana?
- Working with physical and mental restlessness.

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12 February 2009

Q&A
Venerable Chodron leads the weekly discussion and answers questions.
- Dealing with attachments.
- Feelings of anger during meditation sessions.
- The mind and physical illness.

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19 February 2009

Q&A
Venerable Chodron leads the weekly discussion and answers questions.
- Practicing during illness.
- Using the antidotes when attachment arises in the mind.
- Identifying the object of negation when contemplating the selflessness of the person.
- Observing at the mind.
- Contemplating equanimity.

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26 February 2009

Q&A
Venerable Chodron leads the weekly discussion and answers questions.
- Working with attachment.
- The benefits of living in community.
- Using the Dharma as a telescope instead of a mirror.
- Using the Dharma to work with the mind when under the influence of afflictions.

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8 March 2009

Closing Talk for the Manjushri Retreat
Ven. Chodron gives a talk to those ending ending their retreat. Ven. Chodron and those on retreat also give thanks to those who have gave support and service to those doing retreat. They dedicate the positive potential of doing retreat and service with dedication verses.
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