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Review Of One-Day Nianfo Retreat (1)

On 24 June 2017, Pureland Practice Fellowship had a full-house Nianfo retreat. To be among the first to be notified of future retreats, do join us regularly at our weekly PPF sessions. Amituofo.

Retreat‘s Vision

To drop everything else, so as to Nianfo as sincerely as we can, so as to abide peacefully upon Amituofo’s name,  to express and nurture the Three Provisions of Faith, Aspiration and Practice. (With great gratitude to our sponsors for the venue, food and drinks, may we treasure our good karma to have this opportunity to be here, by practising as sincerely as we can.)

Motivational Resolutions

[01] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
as sincerity is what expresses the Three Provisions
of Faith, Aspiration and Practice altogether.

[02] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
and listen to my Nianfo just as sincerely.

[03] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
by immediately returning to sincere Nianfo
when I have even one stray thought.

[04] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
and not be distracted by any pain or discomfort,
which are just reminders to Nianfo more sincerely.

[05] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
to be a good example to guide all others around.

[06] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
towards the pure calmness of non-greed,
joyful bliss of non-hatred and wise clarity of non-delusion.

[07] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
as it is by being wholehearted,
that I will be focused, single-minded.

[08] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
chanting as clearly as I can, aloud or silently,
for myself to hear as clearly as I can.

[09] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
as if it is my very first time, fresh each time,
as if it is my very last time, sincere all the time.

[10] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
as if all Buddhas are watching, as they indeed are.

[11] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
by being wholehearted in my Nianfo,
by not thinking of anything else,
such as sensations or the environment.

[12] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
to eradicate my boundless negative karma
from beginningless past lives.

[13] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
to accumulate much merits for all beings,
including loved ones from past and present lives,
who might not have the opportunity to do so.

[14] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
to express my Faith and Aspiration to reach Pure Land,
or I will be trapped in Samsara indefinitely.

[15] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
by treasuring this precious time to Nianfo,
without any need to keep track of time.

[16] I will Nianfo as sincerely as I can,
and if drowsy, I will Nianfo even more sincerely,
more resolutely, loudly and clearly.

Retreat Introduction

[1] There will be systematic instructions at the beginning on how best to Nianfo fruitfully.
[2] There will be a few brief motivational talks during the retreat.
[3] There will be a sharing session on the retreat during next PPF session.
[4] There will be focus on seated Nianfo to peacefully abide upon the name of Amituofo (with minimum distracting movements).

[5] There will be free and easy personal choice at any time, to prostrate at one’s seat, or to circumambulate before sitting again (if drowsy or wishing to stretch).
[6] There will be lunch and hot water provided.
[7] There will be fixed choice of either floor (with cushion and mat) or chair seating. (There can be switch only if there are extra spaces available.)
[8] There will be chanting of ‘Verses For Aspiration Of Birth In Western Pure Land’ at end.

Retreat Guidelines (And What To Bring)

[01] There will be wearing of plain-coloured clothes covering to knees and shoulders.
[02] There will be bringing of extra clothing in case position gets cold.
[03] There will be bringing of personal spoon (to wipe clean and bring home, to reduce waste).
[04] There will be bringing of water bottle (or cup) to seat.
[05] There will be no consuming of non-vegan food and drinks. (There will be hot water, plain coffee and tea available.)
[05] There will be signing in to be seated by 9 am.

[06] There will be common space to place bags behind admin counter for security.
[07] There will be sticking of given name tag on front right corner of mat or chair.
[08] There will be no changing of seat position chosen on first-come first-served basis. (There will be no reservation of seats for others.)
[09] There will be noble silence observed (unless inquiring through volunteers).
[10] There will be no sound-emitting devices (or equipment such as beads) used.

[11] There will be Nianfo in unison that is not louder than the leading chant.
[12] There will be as much Nianfo as possible, not leaving one’s seat for too long.
[13] There will be swift eating of lunch provided at one’s seat.
[14] There will be full attendance of the retreat (from 9am-5pm).
[15] There will be (half-)bowing thrice before leaving seat (for clockwise circumambulation and toilet break) and upon return to seat.
[16] There will be adherence to other guidelines shared during the retreat.

Retreat Time-Table

08:35 : Sign-In begins
09:00 : Seated (after signing in) + Introduction To Retreat Rules
09:15 : Refresher on How To Nianfo Sincerely
09.30 : Nianfo Period (1)
11:45 : Offering Of Food + Lunch (before resuming Nianfo ASAP)
12.30 : Motivational Reminders (1)
12:40 : Nianfo Period (2)
14.40 : Motivational Reminders (2)
14:50 : Nianfo Period (3)
16:40 : Verses For Aspiration Of Birth In Western Pure Land + Dedication of Merits (with a minute for personal dedication)
16:50 : Packing + Removal of tags and trash
17:00 : Departure (Sharing on retreat in next PPF session)
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