Still Point Intensive Practice Schedule


  • Wake up: 6:00 am or as early as you can without being a menace to the world
  • Water, fresh air and stretching
  • 108 prostrations or bows (A combination is fine)
  • Sitting meditation 20-30 minutes
  • During the day: Chanting the three refuges when you think to

Evening Practice

  • Study
  • Journal Writing: Four points of reflection
    • Time spent in idle chit chat
    • Particular resistance(s) to my practice
    • What troubled me most today
    • What made me happy today
  • Gratitude practice as you fall asleep


  • Interview
  • Sunday Service


  • Second Sunday study class
  • Second Sunday discussion group meeting

The Intensive Practice Program

At Still Point, members can begin Intensive Practice at any point during the year and continue as long as desired. Our practice includes prostrations, sitting meditation, chanting, journaling, dharma study, interviews with the guiding teacher, and monthly classes.

I started the program this month. I have seen breakthroughs already. I go deeper in my practice every day. It becomes easier to sit, easier to do prostrations. I can do 108 full prostrations now. I couldn't before. It wasn't just my body or physical condition in the way. It was my mind.

I decided to publish my Intensive Practice journal for several reasons. First, there's accountability. I am hoping that friends will check in from time to time and e-mail me if they notice lapses in my practice. Second, there's routine. I'm working on establishing a routine for myself that steadies me and helps me to remain in integrity in all areas of my life. Finally, there is the desire to be of help to others. Meditation practice is hard work. Beginners are often disillusioned after starting a meditation practice. It tends to be romanticized, and the movement from romance to reality can be dizzying. I want to tell beginning practitioners (and potential practitioners) the truth. There are challenges and bumps along the way. Your body will hurt. Your mind will wander. Your entire lower body will fall asleep. You will ask yourself why you are doing this. You will tell yourself you suck at it. But eventually, you will find your seat. You will get to a point where it becomes easier to sit every day. Your body will open up to the process. Your mind will learn to quiet itself.

September 2004

For more information about Intensive Practice at Still Point, e-mail the abbey or call (313)831-1005.