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What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:07 pm
by manas
If this topic is in the wrong place, I invite the mods to post it elsewhere. I was not sure where I ought to put this question.

I am seriously thinking that I ought to go and spend a month at some stage at Ajahn Thanissaro's monastery and meditate / get some advice personally. If I am going to make such an investment of time and money, I wanted to get some tips maybe, from anyone who has done so previously, so I can get the most benefit. In particular, what is the best time of the year to visit? And what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate? Any advice would be much appreciated. :)

Thank you
manas
:anjali:

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:40 pm
by fivebells
...what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate?
Watch out, or there'll be an evening talk directed at you about the critical role of patient endurance. :)

(Huge fan, listen to at least two of those talks a day.)

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:48 pm
by cooran
Hello Manas,

A friend of mine has just returned from a couple of months retreat at Thanissaro's monastery. I'll try to catch up with her on the weekend at meditation and see if it is o.k. To give you her contact details.

With metta,
Chris

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:54 pm
by manas
fivebells wrote:
...what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate?
Watch out, or there'll be an evening talk directed at you about the critical role of patient endurance. :)

(Huge fan, listen to at least two of those talks a day.)
That may be the case, but I'm just not that patient and enduring...a beetle could wreak havoc if it started digging into one's eardrum...there is a risk one could lose one's hearing. Not to mention the pain involved...

metta

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:56 pm
by manas
cooran wrote:Hello Manas,

A friend of mine has just returned from a couple of months retreat at Thanissaro's monastery. I'll try to catch up with her on the weekend at meditation and see if it is o.k. To give you her contact details.

With metta,
Chris
Thanks, Chris, I appreciate that.

:anjali:

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:05 pm
by fivebells
Hope it was clear I was joking. I am all in favor of repelling eardrum-digging beetles.

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:35 pm
by SarathW
:twothumbsup:
Good on you Manas.
I was thinking the same.
Get some information for us.
:)

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:52 pm
by appicchato
Having grown up in the area, bugs are a non-issue...gets nippy in the winter, spring beautiful, late summer dyno...

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:16 am
by Samma
Whenever you are available and inspired is the best time!

See: http://www.watmetta.org/visitor.html

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:16 am
by PsychedelicSunSet
To my knowledge, if you're a first timer the longest you can stay is 2 weeks. I may be mistaken though. Please keep us all updated, as this is something I'd like to do at some point as well.




Metta

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:37 pm
by Buckwheat
manas wrote:If this topic is in the wrong place, I invite the mods to post it elsewhere. I was not sure where I ought to put this question.

I am seriously thinking that I ought to go and spend a month at some stage at Ajahn Thanissaro's monastery and meditate / get some advice personally. If I am going to make such an investment of time and money, I wanted to get some tips maybe, from anyone who has done so previously, so I can get the most benefit. In particular, what is the best time of the year to visit? And what should I bring along, so that I don't have insects crawling in my ears etc as I meditate? Any advice would be much appreciated. :)

Thank you
manas
:anjali:
There is a two-week limit for first time visitors. I stayed there for 10 days between two out of town trips by the abbot. I had a wonderful experience. The whole community is full of amazingly warm-hearted and generous people. They do not allow guests to stay when the abbot is away. I think that is partly just so the residents get some periods of not having any overnight guests to take care of.

The climate in that area is famously temperate, meaning its pretty comfortable year round. You can expect cool rain in the winter, dry heat in the summer, but neither one is extreme. Spring and fall are nice transition periods, but less predictable.

If you plan to visit, you really need to visit this site, which addresses your questions and then some... http://www.watmetta.org/visitor.html