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After each retreat I find that the good habits I had cultivated there getting up early energy for effort falter quickly. My resolve weakens and I watch my mind grow dull even selfdefeating. By what method can I overcome this? Thank you

This is an earnest question. This is what is challenging to learn, so everyone will know what you are asking about. This is what life in a monastery is all about. Every month we have one week of big sesshin and three times a small sesshin. During the small sesshins we do samu during the day, yet even then we sit 3 hours in the morning and 4 at night. Everyone living in the monastery will participate, so there is no need to worry about choices. And of course, there is not much social life happening in a monastery, only facing within yourself, so you do not easily become distracted. Please use these points as well in your daily life and try to imply them in the best way possible.

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