"This retreat is not about concentration, or absorption'', says Ayasma Kumara. "It’s about cultivating confidence, vitality, mindfulness, collectedness and discernment. When these are strong, the work for the ending of suffering becomes easier and more effective. Learn how to strengthen these spiritual faculties in this retreat!
There won’t be strict meditation schedules, but participants will be inspired to grow in wisdom."
The retreat starts on Monday at 20:00 (Arrival from 18:00) and finishes on Tuesday 25 after
lunchtime. The retreat takes place in the hospitable Centrum Meeuwenveen te Havelte
(www.meeuwenveen.nl). The main language will be English. The programme involves formal
meditation, meditation instructions, talks and discussions. In addition, there will be working
meditation for about an hour each day.
About the teacher Kumāra Bhikkhu https://www.visualcv.com/kumara was ordained in 1999
at the age of 27 and runs Sasanarakha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) www.sasanarakkha.org
together with ven. Aggacitta (author of ‘’in this very life’’, U Pandita). With his training in
education, he has been sharing the Dhamma in various ways and in several languages
(mainly English, Mandarin and Hokkien) with Buddhists of various traditions and non-
Buddhists too. He is influenced by Bhaddanta Aggacitta Mahāthera to be open to Dhamma
teachings beyond orthodoxy and tradition, so long as they work towards the ending of
suffering. Inspired by his main meditation teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya
(www.sayadawutejaniya.org), he is especially interested in spiritual teachings that show how
to cultivate wisdom that removes the causes of suffering.
Listen to Ashin Tejaniya’s introduction talks: http://ashintejaniya.org/teachings/. If you’re
unfamiliar with the 8 percepts, please read http://tiny.cc/8p. If you’re new to Buddhism,
please read this too: Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught (up to Chapter 5). For
learning in Dutch download for free: ‘’kijk niet neer op je verstorende emoties’’ van Ashin
Application and costs:
The costs of the retreat are 702 for a double room.
If the costs present a possible obstacle for application, please consult the Chairman of the
SIM, Hans Gijsen: +31 (0)6 20233245. firstname.lastname@example.org
You register bij paying the costs on Triodos bank account IBAN NL72 TRIO 0338 4690 87, BIC
TRIONL2U mentioning ‘Stichting Inzichts Meditatie te Ezinge’ and: Spiritual Cultivation Retreat
2019. Don’t forget to mention also your full name.
Also fill the register form to be downloaded on the left of this screen and email this to email@example.com. You are kindly requested not to forget to mention your
meditation experience. Your registration is confirmed upon payment of the registration
fee. Applications will be accepted following the order of arrival of payments.
The conditions are detailed on the SIM website (in Dutch): https://simsara.nl/algemene-voorwaarden-sim-retraites
All meals are vegetarian. During the retreat there is the opportunity to practise in accordance with how the Buddha practised 2500 years ago, following the 8 percepts. This means in the evening their will be fruit and vegetable juices but no dinner. This is also an opportunity for detox.
Silence and no phone
The retreat will be in silence and participants are asked to give their phones to the management upon arrival. In a retreat of many months it could be beneficial to practise with phone, but if you want to really benefit from a relative short retreat it is adviced to abstain from communication with the outside world, and focus solely on your inner processes. The email and telephone number of Marnix can be given to friends or relatives in case of an emergency. Don't forget to put your email on vacation-reply..
An alarm clock
Long pants in case of tick bites
Drinking / thee bottle
Optional: meditation pillows and blankets (this is also available at the center)
The book of Ashin Tejaniya: Don't look down at your defilements, in Dutch: ''kijk niet neer op je verstorende emoties'', can be used during the retreat.
Most Vipassana meditation retreats are organised on the basis of Dana (Generosity). Since
the time of the Buddha, the transmission of his teachings and the meditation instructions
are considered a deed of generosity. The costs of the retreat consist of basic lodging fees
and meals; the teachers receive only reimbursement for travel and accommodation
expenses. At the end of the retreat, the participants have the opportunity to practice
generosity; they are invited to give Dana (donation) to the teachers.
Stichting Inzichts Meditatie (SIM) is committed to preserving a safe and reliable
environment. In that respect it makes every effort to further implement and guarantee
ethical guidelines. For further information in this respect see:
http://www.simsara.nl/ethisch-drieluik (scroll down to the bottom of the page to download
the English version)
After application, you will receive more details approximately two weeks prior to the retreat.
For more information about the retreat you can contact Marnix van Rossum firstname.lastname@example.org (06426730920) or Yuna van den Adel: email@example.com
More information in Dutch can be read on the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/586102561838626/
Registration at the facebook page doesn't mean you are registered. Only when the payment is done on the account of the SIM, you are registered.
Hope to welcome you!