Guided Online Retreats with Delson Armstrong

Online Retreats with Delson Armstrong

Mind without Craving

“The stream of Dhamma, the stream of Dhamma, it is said.

But Bhante, what is the stream of Dhamma?”

Sāriputta: ‘It is this Eight-Spoked Path of the Ariyas.’”

-MN 43

Ten-day online retreat with interviews and live QA

 

Audience: Accessible to any serious dhamma practisioner (daily meditator)

Experience: Module 1 completed or minimum 1-year experience with TWIM or similar practice required (preferably with 10-day retreat experience)

Type: daily dhamma talks (Youtube), reading reflections

Teacher Interaction: 15 min Daily Interviews and 3 group meditations followed by a one-hour group QA

Recommended Minimum Time: 2 hours daily formal meditation, plus approx. 2 hours for dhamma talks, reading and interviews/QA.
Availability and Schedule:  every month, 10 participants. Teacher interaction times alternating Europe/Asia time zone friendly (April and June) and North America time zone friendly (May)

Registration: See below. Following initial registration, link to retreat form will be sent. Completing and returning form will complete registration process. 

Cost: Free

About the Retreat

‘Mind without Craving’ is a retreat formulated for anyone desirous of taking their first step into the Dhamma, the Teaching of the Buddha, at its very root, as preserved in the original discourses of the Buddha (the Suttas).

 

This retreat is a progressive approach to what the Buddha called ‘Bhāvanā’ or Wholesome Mental Development. Cultivating the Higher Mind (Adhicitta) directly correlates to happiness here and now. Meditators will be guided on a journey to understand what the Buddha awoke to on his own path to happiness.

This means the threefold training in:

  • Virtue (Sīla),
  • Collected Mental Harmony (Samādhi)
  • Discernment (Pañña)

What you will learn from the retreat:

  • Loving Kindness Meditation (Mettā) & the Brahma Vihāras
  • The nature of mental states and wholesome mental development
  • The essential role of Virtue and Generosity on the path to happiness.
  • Collectedness of mind through Joy and Letting go. (Sammā Samādhi)
  • The Four Steps of Effective Application (Sammā Vāyāma)
  • The Four Noble Truths (Ariya Sacca) in actual practice
  • The Seven Factors of Awakening.
  • The Eight-fold Path of the Noble Ones (Ariyo Aṭṭhaṅgiko Maggo)
  • Effective Observation: Learning to see how the mind’s attention moves when observing  four foundations of mindfulness (Satipaṭṭhāna)
  • Effective Collectedness: See and understand that effectively observing one’s object of meditation and keeping that observation collected leads the mind to Release
  • The experience of Release & Nibbāna here and now

What you have to do:

Take morning Five or Eight Precepts

Watch daily dhamma talks videos from the list

Read the teacher’s daily reflection

Meditate 4 hours daily (recommended for best result)

Watch the daily Q/A from the previous retreats (Optional)

Participate in interviews as scheduled

Program Schedule and Requirements

*** Prerequisites for this course

  • Completing Module 1 and 2 of self-guided meditation 
  • Or a minimal 1 year of self-guided TWIM practice
  • Or 10 days meditation retreat
  • And a minimal 4 hours of meditation plus 2 hours of dhamma talks and reflection per day

A week before the retreat: 

You will receive a welcome letter and instructions to book interviews. Please make sure your interview time slots are booked.

Day 0 – (Monday – anytime)
  • Please read the introduction pdf and watch the full Intro video
  • Download the Guide to TWIM in pdf here and read if you are new to TWIM
  • You can also review all the morning precept pdf here for Day 1 – 10; you can also watch them here.
  • You can also find the supporting documents here.

Day 1 – 9

  • Morning Precept
  • Watch the Dhamma talk videos (click here for the playlist)
  • Follow the recommended schedule if time permits.
  • Interviews as Scheduled

Recommended schedule during the online retreat:

  • 5:30 am            Wake up
  • 6:00 am            Morning Meditation
  • 7:30 am            Taking Precepts (on your own)
  • 8:00 am            Breakfast
  • 9:00 am            Meditation
  • 11:00 am          Lunch
  • 12:00 pm          Rest/Walking Meditation
  • 1:00 pm            Meditation
  • 7:00 pm            Dhamma Talk & Reading reflections
  • 8:00 pm            Meditation
  • 10:00 pm          Rest or personal practice.
 
Daily 15 minute 1-1 Interview with Teacher (except on the three days with guided meditation and QA)
Timing will be alternating per month for Europe and North America time friendly as per table below

Online Schedule
All times are Cambodia time
May
North America Time Friendly
April and June
Europe Time Friendly
Day 0 Tuesday no online session    
Day 1 Wednesday Group Meditation and QA 09:00 10:45 14:00 15:45
Day 2 Thursday Individual 15 min Interviews 09:00 11:30 14:00 16:30
Day 3 Friday Individual 15 min Interviews 09:00 11:30 14:00 16:30
Day 4 Saturday Group Meditation and QA 09:00 10:45 14:00 15:45
Day 5 Sunday Individual 15 min Interviews 09:00 11:30 14:00 16:30
Day 6 Monday Individual 15 min Interviews 09:00 11:30 14:00 16:30
Day 7 Tuesday Individual 15 min Interviews 09:00 11:30 14:00 16:30
Day 8 Wednesday Individual 15 min Interviews 09:00 11:30 14:00 16:30
Day 9 Thursday Group Meditation and QA 09:00 10:45 14:00 15:45
 
 

Registration open for 2021:
April, May and June

May 25 – June 3, 2021 North America/Asia Time Friendly

Attendance: 6 / 10

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June 22 – July 1, 2021 Europe/Asia Time Friendly

Attendance: 2 / 10

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About Delson and
Free Dhamma

“The Dhamma is for free. At all times. For everybody”

Delson dedicates his life to the Dhamma. He is either teaching retreats online or physically or sharing his profound understanding of the path somewhere on the globe. Delson lives by the Dhamma; he does not ask for money. But of course, some things need to be provided for him to live: Food, shelter, clothing. Same as monks.

 

Please help us support him and take this incomparable opportunity to practice an exceptional kind of generosity and goodness. We are deeply and forever grateful to your magnanimous hearts. Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu.


You can send dana directly via Paypal to delson@suttavada.foundation 

Delson Armstrong