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PeaceTree Silent Day Meditation Retreat with Bhante Jayasara

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Huntington, WV 25705

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THEMEDITATIONCIRCLE.COM and the PEACETREE CENTER FOR WELLNESS in Huntington, W.Va., will host a day-long silent meditation retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019. The retreat will be led by Theravadan Buddhist monk Bhante Jayasara (Bhante J), from the Bhavana Society Theravadan Buddhist Monastery in High View, W.Va. The theme of the retreat is "Developing a Meditation Practice." There will be meditation instruction, several guided and silent meditations, talks and a chance to ask written questions of the monk. The event takes place at the PeaceTree Center for Wellness, 5930 Mahood Dr., Huntington, W.Va. Please arrive by 8:30-8:45 a.m. A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. Cushions and chairs will be available, or you are welcome to bring your own cushion.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT WITH DONATIONS ACCEPTED to defray travel/lunch costs and to make a Bhavana Society donation. If you have a meditation practice and wish to deepen it or are interested in starting up a regular practice, consider this day-retreat. It will be conducted in “Noble Silence”— mindful silence throughout the retreat — with a chance to ask written questions of Bhante J.

BHANTE JAYASARA (“Bhante J”) is an American-born Buddhist monastic who currently resides at the Bhavana Society, a Theravadan Buddhist Monastery and retreat center near High View, W.Va. He was born in 1978 and raised Catholic. He came to Buddhism in his late 20s. He became a Bhikkhu (fully ordained monk) in October 2016. NOTE: Bhante (BON-tay) is an honorific that refers to Buddhist monks in the Theravada tradition. Bhante literally means “Venerable Sir.”

FOR MORE ON BHANTE J, visit his personal blog at: bhikkhujayasara.wordpress.com

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WHO IS THE RETREAT FOR?
Anyone who has a meditation or mindfulness practice and is interested in deepening it. Or if you have a serious intention to begin a meditation practice. Bhante J will guide participants in meditation in the breath and body-centered tradition of Buddhist insight meditation. You should feel comfortable with both guided and silent meditation periods.

WHAT IS NOBLE SILENCE?
We ask retreatants to maintain 'Noble Silence' during the day, a mindfulness practice that can deepen the retreat experience. If you need to speak or if there is an emergency, please speak to one of the organizers who will be introduced at the outset. NOTE: Please silence all cellphones before the retreat begins.

CAN I ASK QUESTIONS OF THE MONK?
Of course! But for this retreat, unlike in last year's Bhante J retreat, we are going to import a tradition from Bhanava Society silent retreats in which people write down their questions and put them in a box. At the end of the retreat, Bhante J will answer the questions. Noble Silence will end at 3 p.m. that day.

ARE THERE AGE REQUIREMENTS?
No, but parents should not bring children in need of supervision. Young adults interested in meditation or with a meditation practice are welcome.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
There is ample parking behind the PeaceTree Center and a glass back door with steps up to the room where the retreat will be held. If you cannot manage steps, pull up in yor car out front of the center and ask for help.

DO I NEED TO SIT ON A CUSHION?
No, but they will be available or you can bring your own. Chairs will be set up at the back and sides of the room, with cushions in the middle and front.

CAN I SHAKE HANDS OR HUG THE MONK?
Buddhist monks don't generally shake hands or hug retreatants. A namaste or a smile is a fine greeting. There will also be a chance to take photos and monk selfies after the event.

HOW CAN I CONTACT THE ORGANIZERS?
E-mail any questions to the Meditation Circle's co-facilitator, Douglas, at douglasjohnmartin@icloud.com

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