What is Retreat?
In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind. To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat. Here at Tharpaland we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.
“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.
If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”
Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Meditation Retreats in Tharpaland International Retreat Centre
The principle goal of meditative retreat is to gain deep and stable experience of such spiritual subjects as inner peace, universal love, compassion and wisdom through the development of deep internal states of concentration.
The main purpose of the retreats carried out at Tharpaland is to attain these deep levels of concentration that are difficult, if not impossible, to reach in daily life. Thus the priciple function of a qualified retreat centre is to provide ideal conditions conducive to the development of concentration.
Tharpaland is located next to the quiet surroundings of Schwante forest with perfect conditions conducive for silent meditation retreat. At Tharpaland IRC, we offer two types of retreat; group retreat and solitary retreat.