satipaṭṭhāna | mindfulness in early Buddhist meditation
an online retreat with Bhikkhu Anālayo & Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā

30 July – 6 August 2022 | 7 nights & 8 days

practice approach

  • the practice will be presented on the basis of a comparative study of the three existing versions of the ‘Discourse on the Establishments of Mindfulness’ (Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta), preserved in Pali and Chinese. The theoretical framework and instructions converge on instructions common to all versions
  • the emphasis throughout the retreat will be on what is of practical relevance, not on textual study as such
  • a non-dogmatic approach informed by textual scholarship, historical and philosophical contextualisation in the light of the ancient Indian background to the early Buddhist teachings, and respect for the diversity and common ground between all Buddhist traditions will be emphasized

for whom

  • designed for Buddhist practitioners of all traditions (from relative beginners to advanced) as well as for practitioners of various mindfulness protocols or other contemplative traditions who wish to deepen their theoretical and practical understanding of mindfulness (Pali sati, Sanskrit smṛti, Chinese 念, Tibetan དྲན་པ་) from the perspective of the early Buddhist teachings
  • all participants are expected to have an established mindfulness practice (or to be sincerely attempting to have one) as well as some theoretical understanding of basic Buddhist teachings

retreat languages

  • the course will be held in English with video lectures by Bhikkhu Anālayo subtitled in English and Chinese, guided meditations by Bhikkhu Anālayo available in English and Chinese, and translation into Chinese during the daily Q&A sessions with Bhikkhu Anālayo and Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā

practice prerequisites

  • preferably having participated in at least one 5-day or longer silent retreat, or two 2-day or longer silent retreats, in Buddhist meditation or based on mindfulness protocols
  • regular daily meditative practice or firm intention to establish it prior to the retreat
  • familiarising oneself with Bhikkhu Anālayo’s satipaṭṭhāna guided meditations

study prerequisites (before the retreat)

  • contemplative reading of the ‘Discourse on the Establishments of Mindfulness’ (Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta, Majjhima-nikāya no. 10) in one’s own preferred modern language and/or Pali (text to be supplied after confirmation of enrolment)
  • study of Bhikkhu Anālayo’s Satipaṭṭhāna Meditation, A Practice Guide


  • the retreat will take place using the free Zoom videoconferencing platform (webinar for the Q&A sessions; meeting room for the meditation hall)
  • all study materials will be available on a dedicated web page with restricted access (access credentials will be sent to all participants by email before the beginning of the retreat)
  • recording in any form (video, audio, screenshots) of the retreat sessions and sharing the access credentials and study materials with non-participants is not permitted
  • technical assistance will be provided before the start of and throughout the retreat

retreat schedule

  • 1 daily pre-recorded video lecture (25 minutes) (released daily for watching by participants at a time of their own choosing )
  • 1 daily live Q&A session with Bhikkhu Anālayo and Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā (90 minutes) (not recorded) from 6:30 pm Taiwan time to 8:30 pm Taiwan time (GMT +8)
  • 7 daily group guided meditations (60 minutes each) (audiotracks also available for own practice outside the scheduled group practice)
  • self-paced practice throughout the day (part-time and full-time practice mode permitted)
  • please take a look at the program overview here

no retreat component is compulsory: each practitioner is invited to adjust the practice pace to their own needs and the unfolding of their practice. This is to be regarded as a key aspect of developing mindfulness and self-reliance in meditation


  • no charges, the retreat is offered as a free gift of Dhamma (dhammadāna) by the teachers and the organising team 
  • to make a donation in support of the monastic teachers and of the Āgama Research Group activities please see here

registration and contact


Anālayo July 2017Bhikkhu Anālayo (無著比丘)

bhikkhuni meditating in seclusion - CopyBhikkhunī Dhammadinnā (法樂比丘尼)