We wish to create the right conditions for the retreat and monastery-stay in order to attain the goals and common purpose. All Yogis have to be committed and be disciplined in adhering to the requirements and guidelines listed below:
• The Triple Gem - Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha - are our Guidance. Please be open to learning from Community of Sangha during the Retreat.
• All participants will take refuge in the Triple Gem and observe the Eight Precepts* during the Retreat. Please stay mindful, calm, and let peace and joy prevail in your practice.
• Please observe Noble Silence throughout your stay. This will be an opportunity for not engaging in conversations with others (Except for asking questions, interviewing & discussions when necessary).
• As with any physical retreats, this involves not only abstinence from speech, but also abstinence from the use of social media (eg. TV, internet, text messaging, emails) and any other forms of entertainment and distraction so that you can fully be with yourself.
• All participants must surrender mobile phones, computers and other electronic gadgets when checking in and collect from volunteer on duty when checking out, at noon. Please refrain from bringing valuables to the Retreat.
• Filming, taking photos or making any recordings are prohibited without prior consent from Bhantes.
• Entry or exit during the retreat is not allowed unless with the approval of Bhantes.
• Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs are prohibited.
• Please respect and follow the instructions of volunteers to facilitate a smooth Retreat for all.
• The organizer retains all rights and privileges to remove anyone who violates any of the above guidelines or causes disturbance during the Retreat.
• Air-con usage in the room is discouraged. The rooms are equipped with fans and the windows are mosquito netted. You are encouraged to meditate at the meditation hall or Sima Hall in the afternoon.
• You will be required to carry out duties / chores as assigned or by duty roster.
• 三宝 – 佛法僧是我们的导师。保持恭敬的心向僧团学习。
• 所有参与者在静修期间须皈依三宝并遵守八戒*。 保持正念、平静，让平和喜悦充满您的修行中。
Personal items for the retreat
• Any medication, hot water flask/mug, toiletries, towels, clothes hanger & pegs, hairdryer, torchlight, umbrella, non-fragrant mosquito repellent and insect sprays are recommended.
• No clothes-washing facilities are provided. Please bring sufficient clothing or handwash your clothes.
• It is recommended to bring your blanket, bed sheet, and pillow cover.
• Wear loose-fitting, light and plain-coloured clothing and sweatpants. Clothing made of cotton is recommended (to prevent rubbing sound). Inappropriate clothing is prohibited, including tights, sleeveless, shorts, miniskirt.
• Bring your own eye mask and earplug (if necessary).
These training precepts are guidelines for good conduct in body and speech and provide a necessary foundation for the development of mindfulness, clear comprehension and meditation in the endeavour to cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path. They also promote harmony within the community and a sense of restraint and require much self-discipline.
They are taken up as an act of deliberate personal choice and initiative.
1. Harmlessness: to refrain from intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
2. Trustworthiness: to refrain from taking anything that is not given.
3. Chastity: to refrain from all sexual activity.
4. Right Speech: to refrain from false, abusive, malicious or disharmonious speech and worldly gossip.
5. Sobriety: to refrain from taking intoxicating drinks or drugs; smoking is prohibited at all times at the monastery.
6. To refrain from eating after midday. This frees time for meditation and enhances the simplicity of life.
7. To refrain from using entertainment such as music, dance, playing games, and beautifying or adorning the body with jewellery or makeup. This assists in focusing the mind's attention inwards towards Dhamma.
8. To refrain from using high or luxurious beds or seats and from indulging in sleep. This supports wakefulness, mindfulness and clear awareness in all postures and during all activities throughout the day.
• If you wish to cancel the registration or cannot attend the Retreat, please notify us at your earliest convenience.
• Meditation mat and cushion are available for use. You can also bring your meditation mat and cushion.
• Breakfast and lunch will be provided. You may need to help to set up the meals as assigned (refer to duty roster)
• Participants need to walk up a staircase and a distance daily to the Sima Hall for meditation practice.
• It is compulsory to join all communal meetings and work activities.
• Arriving and leaving time is from 1pm - 5 pm. If you don’t wish to have lunch on the day you leave, please tell us.
• Bring an umbrella everywhere, always close the umbrella when not in use to avoid damaging the umbrella.
• Monastics have Vinaya rules of not accepting money, so do not give monastics money. Should you wish to support the monastery, you can donate to the monastery itself by approaching the lay staff or volunteers or deposit the money with the steward (layperson) of the monastics.
• Kindly ensure that at least one male participant is present in the class if there are female participants in the class for the ease of the Bhikkhus who are teaching to help keep his Vinaya. It would be good for female participants who wish to speak to Bhikkhus to get another male along within earshot.
• Food to be offered to Bhikkhus are to be offered to the hand or something connected to the hand of the Bhikkhu (eg. on one table), within 1.25 meters of distance between the donor and the monastic.
• Participants agree to allow the monastics to ask for additional food during mealtime, afternoon drinks or to direct them to chores needed to be done.
• Should there be alms rounds on that day, or the monastics are invited outside for lunch offerings, the breakfast preparation team should ensure that there is at least some non-staple food for the Bhikkhus for breakfast. Staple food includes meat, fish, rice, corn, oats, eggs. Non-staple food includes porridge which is so watery that no spoon is needed to drink it, potatoes, flour-based products, vegetables etc.
• One volunteer should standby with a fork to make seeds (in fruits, chili, etc) allowable for the Bhikkhus after they have collected their meals. The bhikkhu says, "kappiyaṃ karohi (Make it allowable)." The donor damages the fruit with a fork and says, "kappiyaṃ bhante (It is allowable, Sir).”
• 作供养时，食物应放在比丘的手或与比丘手有接触的物质上（例如一张桌子）。供养者和僧侣之间的距离在 1.25 米以内。
• 僧团应供时，需有一名志愿者拿着叉子静候一旁。对有种子的供养，如水果、辣椒等，比丘会问：“Kappiyam karohi（是否已经做净）？” 供养者当立即回答：“Kappiyam Bhante（已经做净）。”然后用叉子把其中的一个切开，这样比丘才会食用。