Welcome to Buddhayana ! www.buddhayana.ns.ca ( as in , "Buddhayana !" , 'dot' Nova Scotia , 'dot' Canada ) Buddhayana Forest Retreat is a Buddhist meditation retreat center, set in the beautiful mixed hardwood forest of Nova Scotia's Cobequid Highlands. During the Summer months Buddhayana Forest Retreat offers FREE, temporary, self directed, intensive meditation retreats, in the Buddhist ascetic forest tradition of Shakyamuni Buddha, the Thai forest monks, Tibetan mountain yogis, Zen and Taoist hermits and others who have retreated to the quiet and solace of the nature, to engage in a sincere and disciplined practise of meditation.
"The forest tradition offers nothingBuddhayana is an unaligned, non sectarian Buddhist retreat center. Retreatants bring their own particular meditation practices. The Buddha was unequivocal, Life is short, this precious opportunity is slipping through our fingers ... You've heard the Dharma, been given a practice, now come to the forest and get down to it ! "Death is real, the timing uncertain, THIS body is a corpse ! Practice as if your hair were on fire !" the Buddha Buddhayana offers sixteen retreat cabins and a Meditation Hall for meditation retreat! Retreatants at Buddhayana Forest Retreat gather each morning in the Meditation Hall, to practice silent group sitting and walking meditation, and then, retire the remainder of the day to thier cabins and the surrounding forest, for thier own personal solitary practice. Participants will observe the first Ten Buddhist Precepts of the Novice Monk during thier retreat. The housekeeping cabins are simple, rustic and comfy, while the forest setting is quiet and inspiring. Retreatants cook and generally fend for themselves, and should expect to be self directed and self motivated, in thier practice and in thier personal upkeep. Retreatants are invited to enter retreat at any time and stay as long as they wish. (Traditionally, Buddhist retreatants commit to remain in retreat for their predetermined length of time.) To enter retreat, you MUST ARRANGE to be met, to be "Shown In". please communicate by Email at least a week in advance Email will ONLY be checked once a week, (as the "Retreat Manager" is in retreat thro the week). During the non Summer months Buddhayana Forest Retreat offers a single, propane heated cabin for solitary meditation practice. Please inquire by email for availability. "Seek out your own salvation with diligence !" the Buddha
and asks for nothing in return ..."