Buddhist Mahayana Retreat: “Awakenings – the great and small”

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Lead Teacher

Venerable Thích Tâm Minh (Ven. Jeff)

Thích Tâm Minh 釋心明 (Fa Hsing 法行 ) 

Thích Tâm Minh began practicing Zen twenty years ago with The Order of the Boundless Way, an independent order modeled after the Japanese Zen tradition, where he trained and ordained with Koro Kaisan Roshi. 

He was later ordained in the Línjì school of Chinese Zen in the line of the Venerable Chán Master Xū Yún and given the name Fǎ Xíng (Fa Hsing) by Chuán Zhì Shakya, who subsequently transmitted him. 

Most recently, he was ordained in the Lâm Tế school of Vietnamese Zen in the line of the Venerable Thiền Master Thích Thiên-Ân and given the name Thích Tâm Minh by Ven. Thích Ân Giáo. He has been transmitted in the same line by Ven. Thích Minh Tịnh. 

For more than a decade, Tâm Minh has been doing most of his Dharma teaching inside prisons as a volunteer with Washington state’s Department of Corrections, and he currently serves as the Buddhist representative on the DOC’s Religious Advisory Council. When he’s not doing that, you might find him wandering through the woods or trying to make progress on his ever-growing reading list. He also drinks a lot of tea, frequently attempts poetry, and often thinks he’s funny. 

He can be reached at: mountainwayzen@yahoo.com 

Master of Ceremonies

Rev. Emily,  MC


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

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