Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s style of teaching and what he emphasises is dynamic – an evolving process based on his own experiences and with recognition of the difficulties meditators face in their practice. Sayadaw’s teaching is direct and accessible aided by his deep experience and lively humour. His teaching is based on the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on mindfulness, and emphasises awareness and ’right view’ in every situation.
The teachings presented during this retreat will emphasize continuous awareness as basis for clear seeing and developing wisdom. The meditation techniques we practice are over 2,500 years old and are mostly based on the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Taking part in the retreat does not, however, require an adherence to Buddhism or any adaptation of personal faith.
Why take part in the retreat? What happens on a retreat?
The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Beginners have a chance to become familiar with basic meditation techniques and to see their effects clearly in practice, so a retreat is a good way to begin a meditation practice. For experienced meditators, a retreat is a great opportunity to deepen and clarify their practice under the guidance of qualified teachers. Teachings are offered in English, partly interpreted from Burmese to English.
The daily routine includes instructions for meditation, a working period and on some days group Q&A sessions. For most part of the day there isn’t a fixed programme, the invitation being to sit and walk as feels appropriate to cultivating continuity of awareness. The retreat is held mostly in silence, towards the end of the retreat ’talking meditation’ will be introduced.
The retreat includes a daily breakfast, lunch and light dinner, all vegetarian. Participants stay in 2-4 person rooms. The retreat will take place at the Friendship Inn, which is located in Kruusila, near Salo, on the shore of beautiful Lake Pernjärvi.
Who are the teachers?
Sayadaw U Tejaniya was born in 1962 and began practising meditation as a teenager, training under the late meditation master Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw. He ordained in 1996 and is the meditation teacher at Shwe Oo Min Meditation Centre in Yangon, Burma. He is the author of several books and teaches worldwide. Teachings will be translated to English by Ma Thet.
Alexis Santos has practiced Insight Meditation in India, Burma and the US since 2001. He has been a long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, including several years of training as a Buddhist Monk under his guidance.
How much does it cost? How can I sign up?
The base price is 250 euros for a one week period, but it is also possible to pay more or less than this. You may sign up by paying the registration fee and filling in the registration form. More information about the price, registration and other details.
Tuulikki Hukka (registrations, +358 50 432 9241) Ilkka Urvas (general questions, +358 50 454 3000) Ville Pursiainen (before / during the retreat, +358 40 592 5030)