3-Day Buddhist Mahayana Retreat: “Polishing the Sangha Jewel”: Seven Methods that will Prevent the Sangha from Falling into Decline.

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Lead Teacher

Venerable Thich Minh Tinh (Thay Kozen)

Thich Minh Tinh has been transmitted in the Vietnamese Rinzai Zen line of Thich Thien An and Thich An Giao.

In addition he has studied in Japan with Nanrei Kabori Roshi, then in the US with Soyu Mastsuoka Roshi, then in Japan with Doki Suda Roshi.  Matsuoka Roshi later transmitted Kozen after a period of time as the Long Beach Zen Center’s administrative assistant.

It is under Matsuoka Roshi’s and Thich An Giao’s request that Kozen teaches and maintains a temple and teaches .  Saito Roshi from Japan, has been a mentor and dear friend and teacher. Saito Roshi and Kozen were both student priests over 40 years ago in Southern Japan. They worked and studied together at a large temple. Contact him at thaykozen@mtadamszen.org

Master of Ceremonies

Sister Minh Bao & Rev. Dave, MCs


We practice sitting, walking, and moving meditations.  Experience not necessary.  All meditations are explained by a teacher or ministerial student.  Meditation is central to developing a practice.  Sitting in the lotus position, or even cross legged, is not required.  Just sit comfortably.  

Metta Practice

Metta, or loving kindness, is a foundational practice.  We practice Metta for all sentient beings as well as for ourselves.  May you be well; May you be happy; May you know love; May you know peace.  You may begin to notice that Metta is at the core of much of what we do.  

Dharma talks

Five teachers rotate to give Dharma talks, or the teachings of the Buddha.  They are not lectures.  They come from the heart.  


Services and Retreats are not spectator sports or classroom lectures.  During the check-in, Dharma sharing, and Q&A sessions, all are encouraged to share.  The Sangha (the group) quickly becomes a trusted circle of friends.  

Physical Activity

We include instructor led Qi Gong, nine-joint meditation, and walking meditation to keep the blood flowing and the brain fresh.  

Retreat Schedule



Retreat Materials

Zoom Link


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Please visit INFORMATION PAGE for the most up to date information. https://www.mtadamsbuddhisttemple.com/retreat/

(This page will have outlines, chants, and anything you want posted for the group. It will also have updates in case of internet/ZOOM problems).

COST: We are asking for $40.00 donation and no one is turned away for lack of funds