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Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am Lords Resort Thrissur, IV/290, Painkulam, Cheruthuruthy P.O, Thrissur Kerala 679531 India

Outline

This years winter retreat will take place at Lords Resort, Trissur, Kerala, South India. The course offers full-time guidance from Dr. Kumar who provides the transformative teachings of Yoga Darshana through guided meditation in ‘noble silence’. Drawing on thousands of years of profound teaching, Dr. Kumar opens hearts and minds to experience peace, compassion and connectedness. Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, this course will take you through the advanced stages of practice as outlined by the sage Patanjali. Patanjali, a great Yogi who lived in India around 100BC is the author of the Yoga Sutras that teach the path to unbind the mind from suffering. Patanjali teaches a systematic method to achieve this goal, identical in essence to the path taught by Buddha. In the Yoga tradition, the absorption of pure knowledge from a teacher who embodies and lives the values of yoga, is vital for an aspirant’s development. Dr. Kumar draws on his own vast experiential and theoretical knowledge of yoga to guide us through every step of the technique. The teaching is dynamic and responsive to the student group. In Sanskrit, ‘Muni’ means a saint who has silenced the mind. Silence means an absence of vibration, amplitude, wavelength and frequency. This is the world of singularity, called in various spiritual traditions by names such as Para Brahma, Holy Spirit, Allah or Nibbana. In all the oldest spiritual traditions around the world, ancient lineages have preserved the most sacred teachings orally in the form of sound, chants and hymns. The enlightened saints who experienced ultimate silence gave the language of sound through which spiritual teachings have been preserved. The style of chanting used for meditation teaching is called Brahma Vidvara Raga, meaning the secret sound of silence. Patanjali says that in order to experience silence, one has to practice meditation with a teacher who has reached this silence. When the teacher chants the same sounds as his predecessors in the ancient traditions, the same effect is reproduced. Dr Kumar has practiced for the last 45 years across 86 spiritual traditions, in the ancient lineages of Veda, Tantra, Hinduism and Buddhism, including Tibetan systems. The course is an opportunity to experience the depths of meditation, intricately guided by a fully enlightened teacher.

Traditional Code of Conduct

During the Meditation Retreat we go very deeply into the practice and follow the traditional code of conduct for serious meditation, as practiced by monks and nuns for centuries in India. The process is delicate and powerful and the retreat offers the rare opportunity to skillfully work with the mind at its subtlest level. So, for this process to be as smooth and fruitful as possible we need to carefully maintain the right conditions throughout the course. This is for the benefit of our own practice as well as to ensure that we do not disturb the progress of others. For this reason we respect a strict code of conduct that has been handed down in traditional systems for centuries. The more mindful we are of our behavior (by thought, speech and body) during the course, the more we will get out of the experience. The first step of the great sage Patanjali’s Noble Eightfold Path is Yama and represents the resolution to give up any action that causes harm to others or ourselves by body, speech or mind. It is the foundation that enables progress in meditation. Buddha calls these principles ‘Sila’ and they are also the first principle of Buddhist Dhamma. The goal of Yoga and Dhamma is to remove the negative tendencies of the mind that cause unhappiness to self and others. The Five Yama are observances outlined by Patanjali: Ahimsa – non violence, to remove anger or hatred from the mind Asteya – non stealing to remove greed from the mind Satya – truthfulness to remove fear from the mind Brahmacharya – non sexual misconduct to remove lust from the mind Apaarigraha – non addiction to prevent slavery of the mind

Noble Silence

Noble Silence means silence of body, speech, and mind. We avoid any form of communication with fellow students, including family members and resort staff. It is fine to communicate with course volunteers.   Noble silence includes refraining from: Sign language and gestures Written notes Talking Eye contact Email Phone including text messages Reading and writing Radio, TV and music.  

Do’s for the meditation

Yoga Mat Meditation Cushion / Pillow Water Bottle Loose, comfortable and modest clothes for meditation (in white/light colour).  

Dont’s for the meditation

Perfumes Jewellery Loitering in the resort during break time or night time Mobile Phone Usage   

Accommodation & Travel

The course takes place at Lords Resort at Thrissur in Central Kerala. IV/290, Painkulam, Cheruthuruthy P.O, Thrissur, Kerala 679531 India Spread over 20 acres, it has been chosen as a conducive place for meditation. Meals will be high quality vegetarian food. Vegan options will also be available.  

Flights

Most of the global airlines with hubs in the Singapore (e.g. AirVistara, Singapore Airlines, etc.), Middle East (e.g. Emirates, Gulf, Ethiad, etc.) have connecting flights from European airlines via their hub to Cochin (Kochi). Alternatively, there are internal flights from all the major Indian airports to Cochin and Coimbatore. When you have booked your flights, please email us with the details.  

Nearest Airports

Cochin (Kochi) in Kerala State or Coimbatore in Tamilnadu State 90 kms from Cochin, takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes by car. 100 kms from Coimbatore, takes approximately 2 hours by car.  

Visas

In case you are a non-Indian national please make sure you have a valid tourist visa for India. If you need further information, please let us know.  

Transfers

Please let us know if you would like to share transport from the airport to the resort. We will advise the cost of the transfer nearer the time but as a guide it was around ~3500/- each way last year. You will need to have the amount available in Indian Rupees to pay.  

Retreat Start and End Dates and Times

Students should arrive at the resort by 12 pm on 28th December 2019 at the latest. Lunch will be provided. The retreat will end on 12th January 2020 at 9 am after breakfast. Lunch will not be provided. Please arrange your flights so that you leave plenty of time to arrive by the check-in time of 12.00 pm on 28th December and so that you do not have to leave before 9.00 am on the 12th of January. Late arrivals and early departures will not usually be permitted. If this is an issue please discuss it with us before booking.   Donation, Payment & Booking Please contact us for any further information regarding the course or to book.

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