Final Dates for the Vipassana retreat with the aid of Laurino in 2019:
Dear Meditators, we have finalized the dates of this year's vipassana in Kisnyalka, there will be only one shorter retreat, from the 24th of August to the 28th. The programme will be the following:
Retreat 1: August 24th: arrival for the retreat. Everybody should arrive by 17.00. Please be punctual,as we will need quite a bit of time that evening to eat and then talk over the retreat together. After dinner, an introduction to vipassana will be given, and at nighttime Noble Silence begins. August 25th-27th: retreat according to the daily schedule found lower on this page. August 28th: morningtime: clean up, slowly get back to talking amongst ourselves.
For the training rules, daily schedule and other infos of the Longer retreat period, please scroll down this page. The main rules are the following:
1) No coming or going from the venue between the beginning and the end of the retreat, for the peace of the practicioners.
2) Mobile phones, car keys should be left at home or handed to kitchen staff before the retreat.
Application for the retreats is necessary, you can do this, and ask any questions to Bali (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The style of vipassana introduced in the retreat is the one taught by the Burmese monk Mahasi Sayadaw, but this in no way is meant to imply exclusivity: practicioners of all styles of vipassana are welcome. In the European region, the Goenka style of vipassana has been the most popular, and has given the dhamma successfully to the most people. Our retreat therefore wishes to be fully supportive of the Goenka style - we would encourage everyone to take part in Goenka retreats, as we have done so ourselves and received great benefits.
The venue for our retreat is the lovely Kisnyalka farm, with a single main building on spacious hilly land 2km from the nearest village. The farmhouse was built in 1891, and after serving as a dairy during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, it has been converted to a spiritual community centre after the change of system. The house offers simple yet comfortable accomodation for about 35 people, with separate bathing and toilet areas for ladies and gents. The main attraction of the house is the beautiful circular meditation hall, with its intricate wooden roof structure, which allows meditation practice in bad weather. Around the farmhouse are fields for the owners horses, his little sunken earth house, and a garden suitable for camping, yoga and meditation. Looking further, one sees an organic fruit orchard, and hilly landscape dotted with small forests and fields.
Training Rules: While taking part in a strict course like this, the meditator subjects himself to certain rules, which enable him or her a deeper penetration into experiences with processes of body and mind. `Noble Silence` has to be observed, a strict ban on any kind of talk or communication during the whole course, only interrupted by interviews with Laurino. Neither reading or writing are allowed, nor any kind of work, with the exception of only the most essential daily activities of hygiene. Also banned are watching TV or listening to the radio or walkman.
Cell phones and Car Keys are to be handed to the service staff at the beginning of the retreat. The idea is to curb the input of new sense impressions to a minimum to avoid any mental and bodily distraction.
In most meditation centres, the participants observe the eight precepts to avoid tension (atthanga-sila), which the Buddha recommended to his followers for periods of retreat. These will be applicable during our retreat as well.
The rules are:
1. I undertake the training rule, not to kill or harm any sentient being.
2. I undertake the training rule, not to take anything which is not given to me.
3. I undertake the training rule, to refrain from sexual contact.
4. I undertake the training rule, not to harm anybody with words (which includes no telling lies, no slandering, no aggressive talk, etc.).
5. I undertake the training rule, not to cloud my mind with alcoholic drinks (this is nowadays generally interpreted to cover all substances that cloud the mind, not only alcohol).
6. I undertake the training rule, not to eat at an improper time. (This means that no solid food will be taken from 12.00 noon until the following morning. Either breakfast and lunch are served or only one meal at around 10.00 a.m.; after that only drinks are permitted).
7. I undertake the training rule, to abstain from dancing, singing and making music. I also abstain from wearing ornaments and using perfumes and cosmetics.
8. I undertake the training rule, not to use soft, comfortable beds and seats.
Daily Schedule: The daily schedule of the retreat is characterized by the alternation of sitting and walking meditation, which is only broken by meals, the times reserved for yoga/chikung, time for personal hygiene and sleep.
4.00 Morning gong
4.30 Sitting meditation
6.30 Yoga/taichi/chikiung: this is optional, without a class teacher, so everyone can do their own practice, or meditate.
8.30 Breakfast and personal hygiene
10.00 Sitting and walking meditation
13.30 Lunch and personal hygiene
15.30 Sitting and walking meditation,at sunset, optional yoga/taichi/chikung everyone can do their own practice, or meditate
19.30 Metta meditation
20.20 Sitting meditation
How to get there: The farm is known as „Kisnyalkapuszta major”. Coming from Győr or from Veszprém, near Pannonhalma, find the village of Nyalka. From here, Kisnyalka is 2 km away on a dirt road.
By bus: In Győr, get ont he bus to Nyalka, which has Tápszentmiklós as its terminus. Once you’ve got off at Nyalka(Posta) busstop, your journey continues on foot to Kisnyalka Major. Take the road to Táp, and after reaching the signpost signalling the end of Nyalka village, continue on the road for another 500m, until you reach a crucifix on a tree. Here, turn right onto the dirt road, and after another 1500 m, you reach Kisnyalka.
By car: Get to Nyalka village using a map (easiest to access from the direction of Győr, Veszprém, Pannonhalma), and continue to Kisnyalka using the above directions. Map (the little blue sign shows the venue): Accomodation – Food – Donation
Accomodation: The house can accomodate about 30-45 people comfortably on beds and mattresses, with camping spots in the garden to pitch your tent. Bedding and sheets will be given. Those who do not wish to sleep on beds (due to the 8 precepts, see Asokananda’s text) may sleep in a tent and use the surrounding garden. The retreat has a certain number of tents available, please write if you wish to use one. Meditators are asked to bring their sleeping bags if they wish to sleep in the garden.
Food: During the retreat, the service staff will provide simple vegetarian breakfast of muesli, seasonal fruit and vegetables, home made bread and sprouts. Lunch is a larger, cooked meal, of vegetables, dahl, eggs rice, potatoes or grains.
Donation: Retreats are traditionally donation based. The organizers do not fix a price for the programmes, to make sure that everyone can take part, regardless of their material wealth. For the long term sustainability of the retreat, it is quite important for everyone to contribute and cover the costs, according to their means. This can be done at the end of the retreat.
The following are pictures of the venue:
The Building The Building from a hill nearby Nature The neighbouring orchard The house from the front Lovely old wall Dining hall Dining hall2 Showers Dormitory (2,4,6,8 persons per room) Beautiful handmade hearth Meditation hall and hearth Wooden roof structure of the meditation hall