One Dharma held its first 7 day residential retreat in early November at Bethany Hills Retreat Center in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. By all measures it was a success and I anticipate we will do another one when the time is right.
We had all levels of experience, from three out of towners who had sat countless long retreats, to three who where on their first ever residential retreat. Sooner or later, all settled into the rhythm of deep practice and many reported transformative openings and insights during the week.
Here is a photo guide of our retreat. Thanks to Frankie Fachilla for contributing the photos..
We closed the retreat with this offering of merit:
The Buddha said that when we dedicate merit, it is just like adding a drop of water to the ocean. Just as a drop of water added to the ocean will not dry up but will exist as long as the ocean exists, so too, if we dedicate the merit of any virtuous action, it merges with the vast ocean of merit and endures until enlightenment. ~Padmasambhava
By the power of this compassionate practice,
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness
May all beings be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow
May all live in equanimity.