I was talking to a friend, who was lamenting that they have not been able to go on a long retreat for many years for health reasons.
So an idea occurred to me. Many people would like to do long retreat, short retreats, or even just a one day silent retreat. What’s the barrier? What’s to stop one from conducting a retreat of any length, without spending any extra money and traveling? Usually the lack of a supportive environment.
One of the most supportive aspects of a formal retreat is having a community of fellow meditators meditating.
Is it possible to build a virtual 24 hour meditation hall with no money down, no monetary expense at all, just tools we already own?
Let’s try an experiment.
I don’t use facebook (only to passively read a public qigong forum), but I do have an account for audtip.org for announcing new recordings.
I’m going to create a group called “24 hour meditation hall”.
The idea is, when you vist the page, it should feel like a quiet oasis, a sanctuary, and place where people are quiety meditating and supporting each other (quiet emotional support).
And since it’s a virtual meditation hall, with international members from all time zones, in theory with enough visitors anytime you visit you see someone meditating.
So basically just post something really short, so people know you’re there.
- John from england, going to a do a 30 minute sit.
- Bob from canada, doing to one day silent retreat. I made a sign that I wear around my neck that says “I’m observing noble silence” so my wife and kids don’t talk to me today.
- Jane from new zealand, I going to do walkng meditation for 20 minutes.
- mike from india: i’m too drowsy to meditate so I’m going to read suttas for 30 min.
I guess the first step is you need to “friend” me so I have people do invite to the group.