Vipassana Retreat in Denmark

Vipassana Retreat from 20.-28. June 2014

Conducted by Joseph Goldstein (USA) and Uffe Damborg (DK), teaching in the line of Mahasi Sayadaw and Anagarika Munindra rooted in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Teaching language: English. 

Intensive practice of vipassana bhavana (insight meditation) and metta bhavana (lovingkindness meditation). Addressing beginners as well as experienced meditators. 

A non-profit arrangement by Northern Light Vipassana Society with an intensive daily schedule of sitting, walking and eating meditations. One or both of the teachers will be at hand in group sittings for instructing and answering your questions.

Retreat observation of silence begins after dinner on Friday evening 20. June and ends after breakfast Saturday 28. June. Only interaction with the teachers is excepted from the practice of silence.

The retreat takes place at Danhostel, Skovvej 46, DK 5300 Kerteminde at the northern part of the island Funen in Denmark. The hostel is situated in a quiet and green environment on the outskirts of a park outside the small town of Kerteminde, and easily accessible by public transportation.

Danhostel Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark

The Teachers

The retreat is conducted by the American guest vipassana teacher, Joseph Goldstein together with the Danish vipassana teacher, Uffe Damborg. Teaching in the line from Mahasi Sayadaw and Anagarika Munindra. Teaching language: English.

Joseph and Uffe were very early longtime students of renowned vipassana teacher, Anagarika Munindra at Bodh Gaya in India. At this retreat in Denmark they are teaching together in homage to this great teacher.

Anagarika Munindra at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya 1968

Anagarika Munindra  (1915-2003) was born in Chittagong in Eastern India. He spent many years as a monk and a disciple of Mahasi Sayadaw in Burma, but lived as a layman upon his return to India. In 1966 he started teaching vipassana and buddhist psychology at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India. Anagarika meaning ' a homeless one' is an epithet of someone who has renounced the household life, but is not living as an ordained monk or nun. Munindra thought the life of an anagarika  was a better opportunity for teaching Westerners. And, indeed, Anagarika Munindra has had a tremendous impact on the transmission of vipassana and mindfulness meditation to the West. Many of the Western vipassana teachers practicing today have been influenced, either directly or indirectly, by his teachings.

 

'Meditation is not only sitting; it is  a way of living. It should be integrated with our whole life. It is actually an education in how to see, how to hear, how to smell, how to eat, how to drink, how to walk with full awareness. To develop mindfulness is the most important factor in the process of awakening'.

Vipassana-acharya Anagarika Munindra

 

'Munindra-ji’s importance lies in the transmission of Theravada Buddhism from Burma back to India and on to the West. Through his own travels and through his students who became well known teachers—e.g., Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg—vipassana practice has spread around the world. He is a grandfather of the mindfulness movement. Because of his emphasis on sati, Munindra-ji had an impact—again, through his students—on the development of mindfulness in a wide variety of secular arenas, including education, psychology, health care, sports, law, etc. His particular way of conveying Dhamma in everyday situations, not simply on retreat, was instrumental in making practice something that one can engage in anywhere and at any time.' Mirka Knaster in Buddhadharma. The Practioner's Quarterly 28. Dec. 2011.

Joseph

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein (1944 -) studied with Munindra in Bodh Gaya most of the time from 1967 to 1974. In 1976  Joseph co-founded the earliest and one of the largest Vipassana Centers in the U.S.A., the Insight Meditation Society (IMS)  in Barre, Massachusetts. Munindra taught there on several occasions. Joseph later studied with a number of both Mahayana and Theravada teachers. He is the author of several books on Buddhism and meditation including 'One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism ' (Preface by the Dalai Lama), and 'Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom'. Joseph is regarded as one of the most significant and experienced Vipassana teachers in the West today.

 

 

Joseph recalls walking with Munindra through the villages of Bodh Gaya (recorded in Stockholm 2007)

 

Uffe

Uffe Damborg

Uffe Damborg (1944-) studied with Munindra in Bodh Gaya from 1968 to 1975. Uffe also spent some years in meditation monasteries in Sri Lanka. He is a psychologist and a co-author of a book in Danish on mindful eating. He is a secular mindfulness teacher as well as a vipassana teacher in the Theravada tradition. In 2007 he conducted a retreat together with Joseph in Stockholm. And in 2008 co-founded the Northern Light Vipassana Society in Lapland in Sweden.

'Munindra was utterly devoted to Dharma, yet not dogmatic. 'He always recommended people to investigate, go see other teachers for themselves, read this, and find out that,' Uffe Damborg notes. 'His attitude to theory was also relaxed. Although he was a very learned man and had studied the Tipitaka thoroughly - he was an Abhidhamma acariya (an Abhidhamma teacher) as well - he often said, 'Never mind what the scripture says; never mind what the book says. Try to see for yourself, investigate for yourself.' His dharma was alive. It was not tradition; it was a lived life'.' In: Mirka Knaster (2010). Living This Life Fully. Stories and Teachings of Munindra. Foreword by Joseph Goldstein. Shambala, Boston and London.

 

Where

The retreat takes place at Danhostel Kerteminde, Skovvej 46, 5300 Kerteminde, at the northern part of the island Funen in Denmark. It is easily accessible by public transportation. The hostel is situated in a quiet and green environment on the outskirts of a park outside the small town of Kerteminde. The sea is at a walking distance from the hostel.

 

Transportation

It is a two hours combined railway and bus ride from Copenhagen to Kerteminde. If arriving by air at Copenhagen Airport there are plenty of fine connections to the Central Railway Station. And there are daily numerous trains from Copenhagen Central Station to Nyborg Station (you may enjoy travelling on the 17 km long Big Belt Bridge) to Funen.( See Travel Information below).

Retreat Fees

 

  • There are 15 doublerooms and 15 4-bedsrooms at the hostel.
  • For all meals (vegetarian) and lodging the retreat fee is DKK 5650,- ( approx. EURO   756,50) per person in a doubleroom.
  • The fee is DKK 4950,- ( approx. EURO 665,80) per person in a 4-bedsroom.
  • Some double bedrooms can be converted into single rooms, in which case the retreat fee (including all meals) is DKK 6650,- ( approx. EURO 892,70) per person.
  • There are two annexes  with 17 more rooms where the retreat fee is DKK 8150,-  respectively DKK 6850,- for space in either a single room or a double room.

 

The retreat is strictly a non-profit arrangement, and the abovementioned prices only include the expenses of all meals,  lodging, and other general retreat expenditures.

The retreat fee does not include any teaching fee. The retreat is being held according to the principle of dana (generosity) in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. This means that at the end of the retreat there is an opportunity to offer contributions to the teachers. It is traditional to determine for ourselves the amount that is right for us to give in accordance with our appreciation of the teachings and our means.

Scholarships

Some scholarships are available and can be applied for by students or other persons with no or very small income. However, applicants themselves are expected to pay the amount of the deposit.

 

Registration

It is expected that the retreat should be booked within a fairly short time, as Joseph Goldstein will attract participants from several European countries. 

At registration after 20. Feb. you are requested to pay the full retreat fee at once. The amount cannot be refunded at cancellation. However, you may transfer your registration to another person without charge.

You are kindly asked to mail your registration to uffedamborg@msn.com

 

Schedule

Arrival and checking in from 2.00 p.m. on Friday 20. of June.

At 6.00 p.m.: Dinner.

At 7.30 p.m.: Introduction, instruction and meditation by both teachers. Observance of silence begins.

The daily schedule of sitting and walking begins at 7:00 and ends at 10:00 pm. (However, the first night may end earlier.)

The meal times every day will be at 7:45 a.m., at noon, and at 6:00 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. there is a Dharma talk by one of the teachers on a general subject of the Buddha's Dharma.

At 8.30 p.m.: Mindful coffee or tea and/or walking meditation.

At 9.00 p.m.: Sitting meditation.

The official retreat day ends at 10.00 p.m.

 

Bonus meditation

It is entirely up to you whether you want to participate in the open-ended program of each night's bonus meditation, where meditators are sitting and walking following their own scheme. The bonus meditation ends when the last meditator mindfully turns off the light and leaves the meditation hall. Usually that is 2-4 hours after the official ending of the day.

Practical

It is expected that retreatants follow this official schedule. However, you may substitute your own program of physical spiritual excercises like yoga or tai chi for a walking period, but no such exercises are taught at the retreat.

 In any case, the schedule of sitting meditations should be strictly adhered to.

This is a traditional vipassana retreat with meditators observing silence except in interaction with the teachers.

 Between meditations throughout the retreat coffee and tea are freely available.  After 10.00 p.m. meditators can dispose of their own time. Although you are still supposed to observe silence you may want to take a stroll on the beach in this very light, very Scandinavian night of Summer. Or you may go straight on participating in the bonus meditation.

 

No mobile phones

It is recommended that mobile phones and other electronic equipments  are turned off throughout the retreat. In case of emergency, persons from the outside may call the Danish teacher on phone 00 45 25 89 09 41 who shall pass on the information.

 

Your commitment

Furthermore, you oblige yourself to participate in the full length of the retreat. Unless caused by illness or other acute circumstance you are not supposed to leave the retreat before its official termination. On the same conditions you are expected not to arrive after the official beginning of the retreat.

 

The end of the retreat

Officially the retreat ends after 12.00 a.m. on  28. June. Observation of silence ends after breakfast 7.45 a.m. Retreatants have to check out of their rooms at latest 12.00 a.m.

 You may want to order a lunch on 28. June which is not included in the retreat fee. You should do this well in advance via mail to info@dkhostel.dk or by phone 00 45 65 32 39 29. Also, if you wish to stay on for one or more nights at the hostel.

The program is subject to alteration

Interview with Joseph Goldstein about his book 'One Dharma. The Emergence of a Western Buddhism'.

 

Interview by Lisbeth Larsson, the editor of Buddhism-nu. 

Listen to the interview (recorded in Stockholm 2007)

Links

The Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Mass. www.dharma.org

The Northern Light Vipassana Society (in English and Danish) www.northernlightinsight.com

Uffe's homepage (in Danish. English version is forthcoming) www.indsigtsmeditation.dk

The Vipassana Group in Sweden (in Swedish and English) www.sangha.nu

 

 

Travel information

The easiest way to see departure times and public transport connections from Copenhagen/Copenhagen Airport or another city in Denmark to Kerteminde is on www.rejseplanen.dk

All information is in English/German/Danish

It is also possible to download the app: ‘rejseplanen’ on your phone.

Other travel information in English:

http://www.visitkerteminde.com/ln-int/kerteminde/transportation/travel-information

 

You can only buy train tickets on the train station.

Bus- information: 

If you travel via Nyborg Station, use bus 920,  Nyborg -  Kerteminde.  This bus leaves you the closets you can get  to Skovvej that leads to Danhostel. You have to walk  500 m.

If you travel via Odense, use bus 151,  Odense  - Munkebo –Kerteminde. This bus leaves at the Central Bus Station and you'll have to walk for about 1 km. to get to Danhostel. Unfortunately, a taxi is difficult to get in Kerteminde.

You can only buy bus ticket in the bus and only with cash/DK.kr.