Reporting on significant retreat experiences is encouraged in our community, as it supports the integration of the meditation practice into life at home. It’s also hoped that the reports will encourage others to go on retreats as well. This retreat was a bit different for Peter, as he worked on a home addition project, spending between 9 and 12 hours a day sitting, and 3 or 4 hours doing carpentry. He reported an increasing appreciation of samadhi (stable focus) and passadhi (tranquility), combined with the awakening factor of investigation, which provided him with a significant increase in patience and awareness of the value of working with his hands.
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