The tradition of leaving behind worldly concerns for a time to engage our meditation practice in retreat is a tradition that that has been honored in all contemplative traditions for centuries. Retreat practice is the very heart of the Buddhist tradition, all the way back to the Buddha himself. The more we know of the nature of retreat, the depth of experience that is brought forth in retreat and of the lives of the many noble men and women throughout the ages whose example inspire us and guide us to this day, the easier it is for us to follow in their footsteps.
Mingyur Rinpoche on the Importance of Retreat
Tim Olmsted on the Practice of Retreat
In these opening remarks from a Tergar Portland summer retreat, Senior Tergar Instructor Tim Olmsted reflects on the possibility of authentic experience arising from practice in retreat. (16 minutes)
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List of Retreat Locations for Personal Retreat
This list of locations where you can do personal retreat was compiled from community input, and is provided as a resource to the community for information purposes.
Download the list of Retreat Locations [pdf]
Download a suggested daily Retreat Schedule [pdf]
If you want to do a half day retreat and are using any of the sample schedules, we suggest that you use the schedule and start in the morning and practice until lunch, or if you start after lunch, follow the schedule until bedtime.