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Offline IndiaMeditate

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Living at buddhist camp for free/work
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:03:17 pm »
Hello. I am considering going to India as that has been my travel goal for a long time! Once in India I want to find peace and love inside my self.

Unfortunately, my budget is very low. After I've bought fly tacket I will have around 3000$ left at my bank account. With that money I want to travel in India for about five months, aswell as having some money left when I come home.

Therefore I have decided, not only for economically reason, but also for spiritually reasons to live at a Buddhist camp for about 1-4 months. For doing that, and fulfilling my dream I will need you other travelers help to find information about this.

Are there plenty, or even any buddhist camp that will let me, a white almost 21-year old girl, speaking no Hindi or any other Indian language let me stay at their camp, get free meditation courses as well as food in exchange for work? Or are there maybe somewhere where I can get it all for free and just spend a couple months meditating day in and day out?

Where do I find places like that?
What do they expect from me?
What are the offerings I must do?

And any other relative information!

Thanks by advance
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Re: Living at buddhist camp for free/work
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 06:15:24 pm »
Please don't think me a troll for asking, but why do you think you have to travel to India to find peace and happiness within yourself?

This group offers meditation camps in India:
www.dhamma.org
After you sit one of their 10-day courses, they will allow you to alternate serving (work) and sitting courses at any of their camps in India. They offer courses in English, or will set you up with translation headphones.

But I must warn you: these courses are really difficult. I can't imagine sitting my first course in a strange land where I don't speak the dominant language. Maybe you should sit your first course in Sweden...

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Re: Living at buddhist camp for free/work
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 12:31:50 am »
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Hello. I am considering going to India as that has been my travel goal for a long time! Once in India I want to find peace and love inside my self.


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You might find that these goals are incompatible. To make them more realistic you might see if this group needs any floor cleaners.
http://www.chishti.ru/
Say Lobster sent you.

If you want Buddhist groups specifically, then I would start with some Buddhist practice as suggested.

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Re: Living at buddhist camp for free/work
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 06:04:39 am »
Thanks for the quick tips!

It doesnt have to buddhist, I am not religious, rather like the Indian way of thinking, with meditation, peace and love.

Checking out the links you sent me, and would also love all other info you can come with :)

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Re: Living at buddhist camp for free/work
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 08:08:32 am »
You might be operating from a stereotype of India, the actual geographical place and culture might not be any of those things.

And I see a big flaw in your plans: when you are at a meditation retreat, or you are working at a meditation retreat, you will not be able to do much sight-seeing. The expectation is that you stay in the compound.

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Re: Living at buddhist camp for free/work
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 05:23:28 am »
Ah.. :bigtears:  Peace and happiness starts and ends with the mind. Only the mind..
Be safe on your travels.

with Metta

 


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