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Practice at Tathagata, San Jose California
Sayadaws Arrive

Style of Practice

The retreat will be taught in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation using the Mahasi Sayadaw method. This practice emphasizes a continuity of mental alertness through noting of mental and physical objects as they arise moment to moment. This includes all daily activities as well as 12 to 14 hours of alternating sitting and walking meditation according to schedule.

In this method, yogis are expected to practice continuous mindfulness throughout the day.

In other words, the practice consists of meticulously noting seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking continuously all day long as they occur. Instruction and guidance for all students will include discourses every day and individual meetings with the teachers three or more times per week. The retreat requires that meditators practice with high levels of effort, attention and committment. The teachers ask that yogis who attend these retreats come with a willingness to fully trust the Sayadaws and the Mahasi method for the time period they are practicing at this center.

The Eight Precepts

All participants in these retreats will be expected to observe
the traditional Eight precepts. They are as follows:

  1. To refrain from killing any living beings
  2. To refrain from taking what is not offered
  3. To refrain from all sexual activity
  4. To refrain from false speech
  5. To refrain from drinks and drugs which befuddle the mind and reduce mindfulness
  6. To refrain from taking food at improper times (after 12 noon)
  7. To refrain from dancing, singing, music shows; from the use of garlands, perfumes, cosmetics, adornments, and ornaments
  8. To refrain from using high and luxurious seats (or) beds