FAQ: Ajahn Jamnian Mt Baldy Retreat 2015

Frequently Asked Questions for the Mt Baldy Retreat

Below are some common frequently asked questions about the Ajahn Jamnian (Ajahn Jumnien) 2015 retreat in Mt Baldy California from June 20 – June 23, 2015. If you are looking for answers to Frequency Asked Questions for the Ajahn Jamnian (Ajahn Jumnien) 2015 retreat in Olympia Washington from June 7-14, 2015: Click Here

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact us. Our volunteers are happy to help! We have a group of volunteers of dedicated students of Ajahn Jumnien to help you with pre-registration questions, and a registrar who is happy to answer registration specific questions.

Is this a Silent Retreat?

NO, THIS IS NOT A SILENT RETREAT!

Please come with the expectation that this will not be a silent retreat. Ajahn Jamnian (Ajahn Jumnien) sees great value in teaching through dialog, story, and practical example. While Ajahn Jamnian is a master of concentration meditation, he emphasizes the practice of Vipassana or mindfulness practice in everyday life in order to bring deeper insight, wisdom, joy, and peace in your everyday experience.

How Much Does the Retreat Cost?

$350 Regular Registration

$210 days only registration (if staying at a hotel or campground)

We are pleased to provide this week long retreat at a very reasonable price. The price covers meals and lodging. The teachings given by Ajahn Jumnien are given freely in the Theravadan tradition.

We are able to keep the price of the retreat low and still cover our costs because of the generous financial donations of Ajahn Jamnian’s longtime students and the effort of monks and volunteers. If you would like to offer more than our base rate, your generous donations are welcome. This may help us to cover unforeseen expenses.

Do You Offer Scholarships?

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We have worked hard to make the Ajahn Jumnien retreat affordable. We have no scholarships for this retreat.

Will there be other Ajahn Jumnien U.S. Events in 2015?

YES

Yes, there will be a weeklong retreat near Olympia Washington from June 7-14, 2015. There will also be some evening events between June 1 – 4, 2015 and Portland Oregon as well as a possible one or two day retreat in the Olympia/Seattle area. Please check this website here for more details. There will be a daylong retreat as well as other events in Los Angeles immediately before the Mt Baldy Retreat. For more information check this website here.

What Do I Need To Bring to Retreat?

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  • toiletries (i.e. tooth brush, toothpaste, bath soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • flashlight
  • refillable water bottle (optional)

What is the Weather Like?

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Dress for cool weather with the possibility of some moderate days and be prepared for possible rain. The average temperature in Mt Baldy CA is 76 F day and 46 F night in June. Historically, June is the end of the rainy season.

What are the Nearest Airports?

Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport is approximately 50 mins (21 miles) from the retreat site. Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles, CA is 1.5 hours (65 miles) away.

What Retreat Lodging is Provided?

Cabins

There are four rustic cabins at the retreat site that we will be using. Three cabins sleep eight, and have four bunk beds, another cabin has three bunk beds and sleeps six. The bunk beds have mattresses and bedding. The retreat center provides linens.

The attendees cabins do not have bathrooms or showers. The men’s side and women’s side of the bathing facility each have multiple shower stalls.

Is There Transportation to and from the Airport?

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Please call (877) 394-1928 for information.

Can You Accommodate a Special Dietary Preference?

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Possibly, please contact our pre-registration volunteers.

Will Other Buddhist Monastics Be Attending?

Yes

There may be Buddhist nuns and Buddhist monks attending. This is a great opportunity to interact with a Sangha or community of Buddhist monks and nuns.

How Many People Will Attend?

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We will close registration at 40 attendees. We expect about five of the attendees will be monastics. Please register early as we expect the retreat to fill up.

Are There Any Prerequisites for Attending?

No, See Below:

Everyone is welcome. However, Ajahn Jamnian (Ajahn Jumnien) does use a great deal of Pali words, that while explained, can be challenging for a beginner. To get the most out of the retreat, if you are a beginner, we recommend listening to some of the recordings, and refer to the provided pali dictionary, and other helpful information on the teachings page of this website.

Any Rules I Need to Be Aware of?

Observance the Eight Precepts or Five Precepts:

You will be asked to commit yourself to one of the Buddhist codes of ethics during the retreat, either the five precepts or eight precepts.

The five precepts are:

  • No killing: I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
  • No stealing: I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
  • No Sexual Misconduct: I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
  • No lying, idle chatter, divisive or abusive speech: I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
  • No intoxicants I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

Note: we ask for the duration of this retreat, that all attendees abstain from any sexual activity.

The eight precepts are:

  • No killing: I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
  • No stealing: I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
  • No sexual activity: I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual activity.
  • No lying, idle chatter, divisive or abusive speech: I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
  • No intoxicants I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
  • No eating after noon: I undertake the precept to refrain from eating at the forbidden times.
  • I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
  • No fancy or luxurious beds: I undertake the precept to refrain from lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place.

For the purpose of this retreat, bunk beds are not considered “high or luxurious sleeping places.”

For more information on the five and eight precepts see: Wikipedia Article on the Five Precepts

What is the Refund Policy?

Refund Policy:

The following is our refund policy for the Mt Baldy Retreat:

  • Before April 1: $50 cancelation Fee
  • April 1 – 30: 50% refund
  • After May 1: No Refunds

Note that the Olympia Retreat has a different refund policy.

What if I Can't Attend the Entire Retreat?

While we are encouraging attendees to make a commitment for the entire retreat, we realize that this is not always possible. Partial attendance is possible if you can come at the beginning of the retreat; we ask that you make prior arrangements with our Registrar (see bottom of this page for contact information). You will need to pay the full registration fee.

 

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