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Zen Retreat. Dec 18 – 22. Full.

Zen Retreat. Dec 18 – 22. Full.

Start Date : Sun, 18 Dec 2016
End Date : Thu, 22 Dec 2016

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No more spots. Waitlist open.

I’m very pleased to announce a Zen meditation retreat in Bangalore. Away from the rigors of intense meditation, Zen is not just a style of meditation but a way of life. It focuses on realizing the emptiness of all thoughts and phenomena, allowing the practitioner to stay in a blissful state under most circumstances. Where Mahamudra (the theme of my earlier retreats) is the path of intense meditation leading to gradual realization, Zen is the way to instant realization. Unlike most other systems of meditation that put acute focus on maintaining one-pointed concentration, Zen is about developing an all-pervading awareness free from judgments. It is about flowing in your natural state. Zen is a lot easier and an agreeable form of meditation. In this meditation retreat, you’ll be introduced to the following:
  1. The original Zen meditation of Shakyamuni (The Buddha).
  2. Two powerful Zen practices on the path.
  3. Zen way of life to rise above your negative emotions.
  4. Meditation on emptiness and impermanence.
  5. Cultivating silence of the mind with pristine awareness.
You are likely to gain more if you already practice meditation or if you have attended any of my previous retreats.


1. No 210 spots left. Only on a first come, first served basis. 2. 4 nights, 5 days. Dec 18 - 22, 2016. 3. The venue is in the heart of Bangalore, easily approachable from the airport. 4. You are responsible for your to-and-fro travel to the venue. You can do travel tie-ups with other attendees for convenience and cost savings. (The list will be circulated beforehand to all the attendees.) 5. You will need to wear comfortable white clothes throughout the retreat. At least, the top must be white. Lowers can be track pants or jeans etc. 6. Your cell phone must be on silent at all times. (You can step out to make any urgent calls.) 7. Observe complete silence in the meditation hall and maximum silence at all other times. 8. Ideally, you should be able to sit on the floor during meditation. Chairs will be available for those who can't. 9. All accommodation is on a twin-share basis. 10. Children below the age of 12 are not allowed on this retreat.
Send an email on retreat.omswami@gmail.com to be on the waiting list. We'll let you know if anyone drops out.
We'll hold it for 4 days within which you must make the payment as per the instructions below. Or, you can just pay now and reserve your spot outright. 

Rs. 24,500 (US$ 459)

All meals included (breakfast, lunch, dinner and a tea-break). Accommodation on a twin-share basis for 4 nights from Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2016.

Email us on retreat.omswami@gmail.com to reserve your spot. 

Last Date of Registration

July 31, 2016 or 210 spots (whichever is earlier). Closed. Waitlist open.
All spots are on a first come, first served basis only. All accommodation is on twin-share basis only. If you want a room to yourself, you will have to pay for two spots.

For Residents in India

If you reside within India, or wish to pay in Indian rupees, you can deposit 50% (Rs. 12,250) of the stated amount in the following bank account. The remaining 50% can be paid in cash on your day of arrival at the retreat. Bank Name: HDFC Bank Account Name: Sri Hari Enterprises Account Number: 5020.000.556.6317 IFS Code: HDFC0001310

For Overseas Residents

You can pay using Paypal or any standard credit or debit card. We require 100% payment upfront if paid using this method. Click on the “Buy Now” button to make the full payment now and reserve your spot.
Zen Retreat - Bangalore


Once you've made the deposit to reserve your spot, please note that you must send an email on retreat.omswami@gmail.com with the following information: 1. Your full name. 2. Gender. 3. City, State and Country of Residence. 4. Deposit Reference/Confirmation number (if any). 5. Do you understand English? (All discourses will strictly be in English only.) 6. Your contact number. 7. Any comments or special requests (like food allergies etc.). We'll confirm your spot as soon as we receive the payment.


If we don't get a minimum of 155 participants, we may change the venue or cancel the retreat altogether. Your money will be refunded in full in that case. If you cancel on your own by July 31, 2016 and someone else is willing to take your spot, you'll be given a full refund. If, however, there are no takers for your spot, we won't be able to issue any refund. We may not be able to accommodate any cancellation requests post Sep 15, 2016. In case of any questions, email us on retreat.omswami@gmail.com. 14-May-2016


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