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#1 Apr 14th, 2010, 14:41
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Hello IndiaMikers!

I am looking for a place in India that is ideal for conduct of spiritual practices, namely fasting and meditation. The criteria are:

1. Seclusion from the noisy outside world
2. Inexpensive
3. Has fresh clean drinking water
4. Preferably in the mountain area
5. Long term accommodation (50 days)

Having been in India for 3 months now, doing this and that, I talked to a bunch of people: organization representatives, monks, teachers, spiritual laymen, etc. But none of them were able to suggest the appropriate place for my purposes. Is there not such a place? Is living in a cave in the mountains the only solution??

Please, if anyone knows of any retreat, meditation center, monastery, temple, ashram, (cave...), any place that meets all or some of my preferences, then kindly let me know.

For the record: I have done some research on the internet and so far found only one place that seems nice: The Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre. But it's too costly for me, and too noisy, I think.

Any information and advice is appreciated!

Cheers!
#2 Apr 14th, 2010, 15:43
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Roots Institute at Bodhgaya has facilities for private retreat.

http://www.rootinstitute.com/meditat...e-retreat.html
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Satvic, you have written, "So far found only one place that seems nice: The Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre. But it's too costly for me, and too noisy, I think."

What makes you think it would be noisy?
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Originally Posted by curious_man123 View Post Satvic, you have written, "So far found only one place that seems nice: The Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre. But it's too costly for me, and too noisy, I think."

What makes you think it would be noisy?
How about trying the Krishnamurti Retreat Centre Uttarkashi;
http://www.kfionline.org/announcements/uttarkashi.asp

Noise should not disturb you if you are meditating correctly.
"Be in the world but not of the world"KK
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post Noise should not disturb you if you are meditating correctly.
But it still can cause acoustic trauma to eardrums ..... no matter how adept you may become at 'mentally' blocking external stimuli.
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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post But it still can cause acoustic trauma to eardrums ..... no matter how adept you may become at 'mentally' blocking external stimuli.
It's more of a "Blending with" than a "Blocking out" KK
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post It's more of a "Blending with" than a "Blocking out" KK

Ahhh, so like one does, natually, when in harmony with nature?
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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post Ahhh, so like one does, natually, when in harmony with nature?
Yes,it's when "you" are not there, so you become at one (atoned)with it.KK
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Thank you all for your advice!

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Originally Posted by curious_man123 View Post Roots Institute at Bodhgaya has facilities for private retreat.
From their website it looks like a good place. Looks pricy, though. I've contacted them for details; waiting for e-mail response.

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Originally Posted by curious_man123 View Post What makes you think it would be noisy?
They say so themselves on their website, that due to numerous activities of the center, it is quite noisy, but that complete silence and seclusion still may be found in their private meditation cells, carved out inside a cave/mountain/something like that. Asked them for a discount; waiting for e-mail response.

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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post How about trying the Krishnamurti Retreat Centre Uttarkashi
Also, a very nice place from what I read on their website, but $25/day is above my financial capacity. Asked them for a discount; waiting for e-mail response.



Perhaps I should travel some more. The answer will come eventually, when the time comes

Thanks again!

Be happy!
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Perhaps you should not think about any ashrama at all. Just go to places like Binsar or Kausani and arrange for a home stay. Go to mountains during the day and come back for the night. Relate with the Nature. Wish you all the best in your search.
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Mahabodhi International Meditation Center

I stayed at the Mahabodhi Meditation Center in 2007 and found it to be *very* quiet. Some light construction was happening, but the campus is very large, and generally the area surrounding the guestrooms and meditation hall remained quiet.

And, it is very cheap, unless their prices have gone up since I was there. I stayed in the dorm (which is likely to be empty outside of retreat times), and don't remember paying more than Rs150 per day with meals included. Private rooms were somewhere around Rs250-Rs300. The meditation cells are always available for private, silent retreat, although they look very basic.

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