Abhidhamma retreats

The Abhidhamma

The Abhidhamma is the third part of the Pali canon (the scriptures of the Theravada), after the code of discipline and the sermons. It represents a synthesis and systematisation of the Buddha’s teaching from the perspective of what really exists, the ultimate realities beyond the concept. It offers a very subtle description of the functioning of the mind and its interaction with the body. The meditator will recognize in this treatise on Buddhist psychology written more than 2000 years ago what he experiences today in his meditation.

The retreat
The venerable U Ottaranyana alternates theoretical explanations with the practice of meditation. The morning teaching examines a subject from the more theoretical angle of the Abhidhamma and the afternoon teaching examines the same subject from the more practical angle of the sutta. The meditation technique does not claim to come from any specific contemporary school, but directly from the Buddha’s teaching.

In accordance with the tradition, the meditators take refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha; they undertake the 9 moral precepts, which include abstaining from taking solid food after midday. The retreat is conducted in silence.

Program  (with Ven Dr U Ottara Nyana)

05:00 Wake-up/Walking meditation
05:45 – 07:00 Sitting meditation / Morning chants
07.00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 08:30 Meditation in action/Walk
08:30 – 09:30 Sitting meditation
09:30 – 10:00 Walking meditation
10:00 – 11:00 Teaching on Abhidhamma
11:00 – 12:00 Vegetarian lunch
12:00 – 13:00 Personal study
13:00 – 14:00 Sitting meditation
14:00 – 15:00 Walking meditation
15:00 – 16:00 Study of Suttas
16:00 – 17:00 Drinks and walk
17:00 – 18:00 Sitting meditation
18:00 – 18:30 Walking meditation
18:30 – 19:30 Sitting meditation
19:30 – 20:00 Walking meditation
20:00 – 21:00 Discussion

The meditators commit themselves to respect the program.

The retreat is conducted in English with translation into French.