Online Retreats



Zoom

Joining the meeting in Zoom

The online retreats will be using Zoom. These are the guidelines for our Zoom online retreats:

  1. Waiting Room: After logging in, you will initially be placed in a Waiting Room, so only registered retreatants will be admitted.
  2. Zoom Display Name (Important): The host will check your zoom display name to make sure you are registered. Make sure your zoom display name is the same as the FULL NAME YOU REGISTERED with. (Support page: Change your name in Zoom).
    If somebody else in your household is intending to join you on the retreat we ask him/her to also register for the retreat and to take part in the entire retreat.
  3. Once the retreat has started, we recommend that you choose the speaker view in your Zoom app. (Support page: speaker view) You can also “pin it” when the teacher starts the retreat, so his or her image will remain on your screen.
  4. We strongly encourage you to keep your Camera ON during the meditations, chanting and question and answer sessions. This is to support the space and to create the experience of being on retreat together, just as if we were sharing the same physical space.
  5. Your microphone will be on mute upon entry, but you will be able to unmute yourself when appropriate. Please unmute only when instructed to do so by the Retreat Managers or the Teacher.
  6. During walking meditations and break times, please switch your camera off and switch it on again when you return.
  7. We advise you to minimise the chance of interruptions as far as possible. But if you are interrupted or have to get up and do something during a session, please stop your video to avoid distracting others. 
  8. Please remain logged in for the duration of the day and do not log off from the main room at any time until the day ends at 21:00.
  9. Please do not record or take pictures of the session, or share any of the retreats on social media. An audio copy of Dhamma talks and question and answer sessions will be available to you in due time.

Retreat Guidelines

Retreat Guidelines

The retreat guidelines covers the following:

The Five Precepts

As participants, we will be keeping the Five Precepts whilst on retreat. In this way we can deepen in our experience of living together morally, ethically and harmoniously, causing each other and ourselves as little suffering as possible.

The Five Precepts are:

  1. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking the life of any living being.
  2. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
  3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
  4. I undertake the precept to refrain from lying.
  5. I undertake the precept to refrain from consuming intoxicating drink and drugs, which lead to carelessness.

Noble Silence

Our retreat is held in Noble Silence. This will be an opportunity for not engaging in conversations with others (unless really necessary)As with any Amaravati retreat, you are requested not to use mobile phones, laptops, iPads etc. We suggest that you switch off all devices apart from that which you are using and put them in a place where you will not be tempted to look at them.  We also encourage you to avoid television, radio and other forms of entertainment and distraction during the retreat.


Retreat Schedule

Retreat Schedule

  • Please be on time for all sessions to keep the integrity of the retreat as a group practice.  Please use a watch with an alarm to ensure you arrive back on time after walking meditations and meal breaks.
  • We are asking you to attend the entire retreat. If you do need to leave the retreat for any reason, please, let us know.
  • Please try to follow the schedule and come to all the sessions.
  • UK time (www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/uk)

Friday

17.00 – 17.30:    Help with log in for those needing support with Zoom (see Welcome Session)
17.30 – 18.00:    All other participants please log in
18.30 – 19.30:    Welcome Session with Managers and Short Break
19.30 – 21.00:   First Evening Session with Teacher in the ‘Shrine Room’


Saturday

5.30 – 5.45:       Log in (and 15 minutes to ‘settle’)
6.00 – 7.00:        Early Morning Session (Puja and Meditation)
(Break for Breakfast)
8.30 – 10.30:     Morning Session (Sitting and Walking)
10.30 – 10.45:   Announcements from Managers (Please stay on for this)
(Break for Lunch)
14.00 – 17.00:   Afternoon Session (Sitting and Walking)
(Break for tea)
19.30 – 21.00:   Evening Session (Puja and Dhamma Talk)
21.00 – 21.30:  Log out in your own time (Meeting will close at 21.30)


Sunday

5.30 – 5.45:       Log in (and 15 minutes to ‘settle’)
6.00 – 7.00:        Early Morning Session (Puja and Meditation)
(Break for Breakfast)
8.30 – 10.30:     Morning Session (Sitting and Walking)
10.30 – 10.45:   Announcements from Managers (Please stay on for this)
(Break for Lunch)
14.00 – 17.00:   Afternoon Session (Sitting and Walking)
17.00:   Final Afternoon Session with Teacher ends
17.00 – 17.30:    Closing Session with Retreat Managers
17.30 – 18.00:    Social Gathering in Breakout Rooms (Optional)
18.00:                Retreat Ends (Log out)