Mingyur Rinpoche is currently on a 3 year retreat, and he explains how someone with a busy life can find time to organize a self retreat from home. He gives suggestions on when to do it and how to structure the traditional 4 daily sessions at a good pace. He also gives suggestions on applying shamatha meditation while in the middle of daily activities like answering the phone and talking to others.
This is an interesting documentary of a young american director, who at 19, bought a book of Chinese Buddhist poems from a bookstore in Portland for 2 dollars. He was so inspired by this, that he eventually later in life ended up in China studying with a Chinese Zen Buddhist monk who stays in a forest hermitage on a mountainside. Continue reading