FAQ: Ajahn Jamnian Olympia Retreat 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

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

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please feel free to email us at .img@.img or call us at 877-394-1928. 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 Jumnien 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?

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The retreat registration fee is $450. The price covers meals and lodging. The teachings given by Ajahn Jumnien are given freely in the Theravadan tradition.

We are pleased to offer the retreat at a minimal cost. We are able to keep the cost of the retreat low and still cover our expenses because of the generous financial donations of Ajahn Jamnian’s longtime students and the effort of monks and an all-volunteer staff.While we charge $450/person to attend the retreat, our cost is closer to $700 per person. If you would like to offer more than our base rate, your generous donations are welcome and very much appreciated. This may help us to provide possible scholarships and cover unforeseen expenses. Mahasati Retreat Association is recognized as a non-profit religious organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)3. Your donations to Mahasati are tax deductible.

Do You Offer Scholarships?

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We are pleased this year to offer a limited number of scholarships and possible sponsorships. The scholarship registration period closes May 1, 2015.

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

YES

Yes, there will be a shorter retreat at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center from June 20 – June 23, 2015. Please check this website: more details here.

There will also be a free daylong and free events in Los Angeles as well as free even talks and possible daylong or two day events in the Portland/Seattle area. More details here about Ajahn Jumnien events.

What Do I Need To Bring to the Retreat?

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  • toiletries (i.e. tooth brush, toothpaste, bath soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • flashlight
  •  a sleeping bag, or linens and pillow as the beds do not have linens
  • hand towel and bath towel
  • comfortable clothes

What is the Weather Like?

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Dress for cool weather with the possibility of some moderate days. Be prepared for rain. The average temperature in Olympia, WA is 59 F in June. The temperature typically varies between 71 F to 46 F. Historically, June is the end of the rainy season.

What are the Nearest Airports?

Seattle-Tacoma International

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Seatac) is approximately one hour and a half from the retreat site. Portland International Airport (PDX) is just under 2 hours away.

What Retreat Lodging is Provided?

Cabins

There are a total of nineteen rustic cabins at the retreat site. Sixteen of the cabins are for the attendees, three are for the monastics that will be attending. There are eight men’s cabins and eight women’s cabins. Each cabin sleeps eight, and has four bunk beds. The bunk beds have mattresses. The park does not provide linens so you will have to either bring your own twin sized sheets, blankets, and pillow or a sleeping bag.

The attendees cabins do not have bathrooms or showers. The men’s side and women’s side of the camp each have their own large bathrooms with multiple shower stalls.

Is There Transportation to and from the Airport?

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It is approximately 60 miles from SeaTac Airport to the retreat site. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation. We are contracting a discount rate from a Seattle Airport shuttle provider. You must register and pay for the shuttle in advance in order to take advantage of the discounted price. To register for the shuttle: click here. Shuttle registration deadline is June 3.

Can You Accommodate a Special Dietary Preference?

Possibility; see Below:

We will provide healthy food with vegan/wheat-free options. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate other special dietary preferences.

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 100 attendees. We expect somewhere between 45-100 attendees this year. Please sign up early!

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, study the pali dictionary, read some of the fee eBooks, 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:

  • Before April 1: $75 cancelation Fee
  • April 1 – 30: 50% refund
  • After May 1: No Refunds

Note that the Mt Baldy 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 and commit to stay for at least four days; 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.

What if I am a Monastic?

We can accommodate Buddhist monastics free of charge. We will try to accommodate everyone, but the number of monastics we can accommodate is limited. If you are a monastic and intend to come to the retreat, please sign up early, if possible.

If you are a monastic and would like to attend, please contact us for instructions on how to sign up .img@.img or call (877) 394-1928.

 

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