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Retreats for Sustainable Living with SanghaSeva

BIR, HP (INDIA) — The Dharmalaya Institute has just completed its fourth annual retreat programmes with SanghaSeva: a seven-day silent meditation retreat, followed by a ten-day work retreat on the theme of sustainable and compassionate living. 

The silent retreat was led by SanghaSeva’s facilitators, Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde, who teach in the Insight Meditation tradition. Participants came from eight countries on five continents. All enjoyed opportunities to do both group and individual meditation practice, and to hear optional evening talks on the path of meditation.

The work retreat supported participants to put meditation into action by mindfully performing service work around the Dharmalaya campus, such as organic gardening, natural landscaping, and adobe building. This work also provided the opportunity for participants from other countries to work side-by-side with local villagers, for an intimate experience of Himalayan culture and traditions.

SanghaSeva and Dharmalaya Institute intend to continue their fruitful partnership in 2015, and details will be posted on both the SanghaSeva and Dharmalaya websites. 

For a personal view of the retreats, see this blog entry.

For information on upcoming events at Dharmalaya, see

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