It is customary for sangha members to have the opportunity to review an important retreat experience upon their return. Mike attended a 5 day retreat at the Bhavana Society, the monastery created by Bhante Gunaratana, a very well-respected Dharma teacher. Mike spoke enthusiastically about the atmosphere of a genuine Buddhist monastery, located in West Virginia, and the warm reception he experienced from the monks and others attending the retreat. After his description, the benefits of such a retreat experience, offered entirely through dana (voluntary contributions), was discussed by those attending.
Next week’s talk will focus on the importance of the cultivation of lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity are for a wholesome life and the process of Awakening.