8th Feb – 13th Feb 2020, Mahayana Buddhist Temple
Meditation is a habitual process of training our mind to focus and to be clarified. It is a practice that yields incredible health benefits. Many people use the practice to reduce stress and anxieties. People also practice meditation to improve emotional health, and to explore the power of mind and heart.
There are many methods of meditation. Although they seem simple and straightforward, it is best to practice under the guidance of a teacher. With a teacher, a meditator will be able to learn the fundamentals and more importantly to correct beginner’s mistakes. In this 5-day intensive meditation retreat, you will be guided by scholar-practitioner Venerable Jiandu, a direct disciple of Chan Master, Wei Chueh, to learn and to practice traditional Chan Buddhism meditation in one of the most peaceful monastery environments in Greene County.
This retreat will consist of sustained periods of silence mediation with sutra studying, and evening talks. The container of Silence, which includes refraining from speaking (except with the teachers as scheduled and as needed), reading (excepted as guided), writing, and technology, with the exception of emergencies. Organic vegetarian meals will be offered. It is a rare opportunity to slow down and give our hearts and minds some space to access our inner wisdom and compassion.
6:30 am Chanting
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:50 am Silent Meditation
9:20-10:10 am Silent Meditation
10:30-11:00 am Chanting
11:00-12:00 pm Lunch
12:00-14:00 pm Break
14:00-14:50 pm Silent Meditation
15:20-16:10 pm Silent Meditation
16:30-17:30 pm Chanting
18:00 pm Light Meal
19:30-21:20 pm Discourse
21:30 pm Rest
Advance registration is required for all participants. Attendance is required for the duration of the entire retreat. For more information and registration, please email email@example.com