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A PMC Residential  Weekend Retreat
Friday- Saturday- Sunday
November 10, 11, 12,2017
Understanding Meditation
What we do and how it works
Led by Taraniya
To be held at
Saint Raphaela Center
616 Coopertown Road
Haverford, Pennsylvania


Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia teaches within the Thai Forest Tradition and is a Lay Buddhist Minister in association with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. She served as resident teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts from 1996 through 1999. Taraniya serves as a Core Faculty member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies where she does most of her teaching. She has been a Dhamma teacher since 1990.

Skill in meditation
… as well as the possibility of realizing its potential … involves understanding and experiencing the balancing of two thrusts in meditation--both the value of technique and the more global purpose of developing non-attachment. I have observed that meditators tend to put a lot of emphasis on developing technique. Technique is important and carries us in the early years when we are trying to break useless habits of mind. But for meditation to mature it is important that we understand the issues around attachment and identification that obstruct direct experience. With such understanding we are much more likely to make full use of our time in formal practice and TO ENJOY IT! 

During this weekend retreat we shall endeavor to get a handle on what mediation is all about … how we do it, and perhaps most importantly, why we do it. The more we understand, the better it goes. During this retreat we shall have ample time to practice mindfulness techniques while sitting, walking, eating, and moving about throughout the day and also to fine tune our understanding through open discussions. This retreat is suitable for beginners and seasoned meditators alike.

The cost for a retreat is $245.00   This fee includes two overnights and six meals
Semi-private rooms. Some Single Rooms are available for an additional $50 
Cost for commuters is $195 which includes meals. Supporting member discount $30
Silence throughout with instruction, sitting and walking meditation.
Registration and room assignments Friday 5 PM to 6:30 PM     Retreat ends Sunday at 4 PM
A dana basket will be available for teacher donations.
  A $50.00 deposit required. Fully refundable until November 3, 2017 .
Limited spaces available and pre-registration is mandatory.
   Early registration is strongly encouraged.

     The retreat will be offered on a dana basis. The word dana comes from the ancient Pali language and means "generosity of heart." It is said that when the Buddha met someone who had never been exposed to his teachings, he began by teaching the blessings of generosity. The Buddha said, " If you knew what I know about the blessings of generosity, you would never sit down to a meal without sharing it with another."
    Generosity is the natural expression of an open heart, a heart that is free from the need to protect. The highest form of generosity is the act of giving that is free of obligation and expectation. It is a spontaneous impulse of the heart, motivated by a wise understanding of where freedom lies.
    In traditional Buddhist countries, monks and nuns have all of their needs met by the generosity of lay people. Monastics go on alms round daily to collect their food. Along with the feeding of the monastic community, another purpose of alms round is to give lay people an opportunity to practice generosity. Even in the poorest villages the people joyfully share what little they have because they so value the presence of the monks and understand the blessings of dana practice. In this country, we have tens of thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. All of them are built and maintained with donated money, the same dana principle. When the first group of westerners who had studied and practiced in the east returned to the west (some three decades ago), they chose to preserve the teaching of dana as a practice. Taraniya, and the  Philadelphia Meditation Center follow this tradition. The teachers and the founders of PMC have faith that their needs will be met by the generosity of grateful students and retreatants who come to the center.
     The $245 registration fee that you paid for this retreat covers the cost of putting on the retreat which includes teacher transportation, room and board, and advertising. No portion of this goes to the teacher.
Participants will have the opportunity to give a donation to Taraniya at the end of the retreat .Your donations  are an essential part of what allows the teachers to continue to teach, retreat centers such as PMC to operate, and the dharma to flourish. We invite you to consider the importance of these teachings in your life and to make the support of our teachers and retreat centers a priority in your yearly tithing allotment. Thank you for your generosity and may your life be filled with many blessings

Directions to St. Raphaela Center

Train: Penn Center Station: Take Paoli local to Bryn Mawr Station. 5 minutes by taxi

From Philadelphia:: City Line Ave. (South). Turn right on Haverford Rd.. Go about 3 miles to Ardmore Ave. Go less than 1 mile. Turn right on Darby Rd. Go one block and bear right onto Coopertown Road. Coopertown stops at College Ave. Turn right and then immediately left as Coopertown now continues. The entrance to St. Raphaela Center is on the left.

In Delaware County: Darby Rd. (heading West) to Coopertown Rd. (one block after Ardmore Ave.)  to dead end. Turn right on College Ave. You will pass our EXIT  sign. Continue to next street (Coopertown Rd. again), Turn left and then left to entrance on left.

From I-95 (North or South) to I-476 North to exit 13: St. Davids-Villanova. Follow signs for Villanova. Follow Lancaster Ave. (Route 30 East). You will pass Villanova University on the left. Turn right at County Line Rd. (McDonalds on left). Pass the Bryn Mawr Hospital. One light after Bryn Mawr Ave., turn right on Landover Rd. which eventually becomes Coopertown Rd. Pass Coopertown School on right and look for St. Rafaela entrance sign on right.

From PA Turnpike: (Going West) Get off at exit 25A (476 South). Follow 476 South t0 Exit 13: St Davids-Villanova. Follow directions above from Villanova exit. (Going East) Get off at Valley Forge. Follow 76 East to 476 South. See directions above for 476 South.

RETREAT REGISTRATION, Complete this form and send it with your deposit to:
The Philadelphia Meditation Center, 8 East Eagle Rd., Havertown, PA 19083
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