What to expect at a day-long retreat
- Meditation instruction – how to deal with body, breath, and mind
- Sitting and walking meditation
- Discussions of some of the lectures and sutras from great teachers
- Chanting and reading sutras
- A vegetarian lunch (eating as mindful practice)
- Private time to work on your personal meditation practice
- Work as mindful practice
Please plan on attending. $40.00 suggested donation.
We’d rather have you here than your money – Don’t let finances stop you from attending.
A One-Day Retreat might be considered a very special day, it is also a very ordinary day. We are living our lives with more or less awareness. We observe thoughts and experience body sensations. We touch, smell, listen, look, no different from any other day, yet on this day we take the time to be mindful of everything we do, studying the Buddha way.
During retreats, or at any time in our daily lives, turning our full attention to the activity of the moment is to collect the mind. This means when it’s time to eat, just eat, and when it’s time to sit, just sit. Usually when we do a given activity, our attention is elsewhere. The quiet environment and simplified schedule of retreat allows us to concentrate on a single activity.
Attending a Retreat is an opportunity to cultivate concentration and awareness. We step back and slow down from our usual busy lives to engage with full attention, whatever it is we are doing. Please tend to outside personal business before taking up this Retreat opportunity.
What do you need to bring?
- Loose, comfortable, clean clothing
- Work clothes (they may get dirty)
Do not bring:
- Tobacco products
- Any non prescription drugs
- Charms, fortune telling supplies, or talismans
- Candy, snacks, gum, mints unless medically required
It is a time to put everything aside, to forget everything and to focus all one’s inquiring spirit through the practice of Mindful Meditation and Intent.
Each Retreat will have its own schedule. Please check out times etc. on the calendar.
A typical Retreat day:
5:30 AM Gather for tea
5:45 Sitting meditation
6:45 Exercise time
9:00 Working meditation
11:30 Walking meditation
12:30 PM Lunch – Vegetarian
2:00 Mindful rest period
2:30 Class / Meeting / Personal study time
4:30 Walking meditation / Sitting meditation & chanting
We strongly recommend that you attend at least a one- day long retreat prior to attending a longer retreat.