That was one hell of an experience. I learned to get comfortable with being disgusting for days on end, to accept that giant spiders and geckos are my friends because they eat the bugs that were hell bent on eating me, to focus my mind well enough ignore the hunger of four days ingesting only water, and that sitting motionless and upright for even five minutes can be excruciating. I grew. I gained wisdom. I survived. And I’ll never do it again.
There’s too much to go into with only my smartphone to talk at and type on, but here are a few of the highlights. Shoot me a message if you want to talk more.
As noted, here are some links to more resources.
Alan Watts was a teacher of Buddhism in the US during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His lectures were really the best introduction to Buddhism for me. Many of his common catch phrases came to mind as I was listening to our teacher, who is a Buddhist monk.
Start here, and you can go down the rabbit hole pretty quickly:
For a more modern and rationalist investigation, Sam Harris studied Buddhism for a long time, and in this episode of his podcast, he interviews Robert Wright, the author of Why Buddhism Is True:
Many people have latched onto the teachings of mindfulness meditation for its effect on productivity. Cal Newport wrote a book on it called Deep Work. He talks with Ezra Klein here:
And for specific information about the retreat, here’s their website:
And this was our teacher. Yes, even Buddhist monks are on Facebook.