Preparing for a Course
General reminders on what is allowed inside a Course
What to Bring
The following information is for those who have been accepted on the meditation course:
We provide one sleeping pillow with one pillowcase, one bedsheet and one blanket per bed. If you need extra blankets during the cold season, please ask the management.
We supply a large base cushion and a small sitting cushion for every student. Knee cushions are also available. Please feel free to bring your own cushion(s) that you may need or feel comfortable with.
Bring enough comfortable, non-binding clothing for the duration of your stay. All students should observe the rules for modest dress as outlined in the Code of Discipline. Pants or skirts that cover your knees while you are seated are acceptable. Midsection and shoulders should also be covered. Shorts, tank tops, transparent, tight or revealing clothing, etc. are not permitted. Tights or leggings should be worn only under a knee length top or skirt/dress.
For the comfort of the other students, please do not bring any perfumes or scented creams, powders, lotions, etc. You may bring the following items for your use:
Please carry all your prescribed medicines that you regularly use for the entire duration of your course. You may also carry your doctor's prescription too.
On certain times of the day during breaks, you may wash your clothes and hang them to dry in certain locations.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Shampoo / conditioner
Unscented deodorant / lotion
Shaving / female sanitary supplies
Drinking water bottle
Footwear: easy slip-ons, e.g. clogs, flip flops, etc.
Shawl or light blanket for use in the meditation hall
Warm clothing during November to February
Do Not Bring
You are requested not to bring any of the following items with you to the course:
If you arrive with any of the above items, you will be asked to leave them with the management until the end of the course.
Tobacco / alcohol / non-prescribed drugs
Books, diaries, journals and other reading/writing materials
Camera / recording devices / CD players / radios / electronic equipment
Cellular telephones / laptops / communication devices
Religious or spiritual objects, such as amulets, rosaries, blessing cords, pictures, incense, crystals, etc.
Jewelry and unnecessary valuables
Valuables are kept at the center at your own risk. The center management is not liable for any loss or damage to the valuables howsoever caused.
The management will do its utmost effort to keep everything as securely as possible. Nevertheless, students must understand that the management cannot accept responsibility for what has been deposited.