Here is an opportunity to practice mindfulness in tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, with nuns from Deer Park Monastery.
Please dont RSVP with us but follow the directions bellow.
The name of our Sangha is open gate/ mission Sangha
Dear Friends on The Path,
We'd like to share our retreat with those who are active participants in your sangha.
Please note that our quota of women is filled, but there is still room for men.
This year, we've extended our twelfth annual retreat to 5 nights and 6 days. Once again, we are fortunate to be the guests of The Vedanta Society of Northern California, at their Retreat in Olema, an hour north of San Francisco.
Our first scheduled activity* will be dinner at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, and the retreat will conclude at 4PM on Sunday, when we complete our housekeeping after lunch.
Sisters Bich Nghiem and Khanh Nghiem from Deer Park Monastery will join us and teach practices from the Buddha's Anapanasati Sutra. (Before the retreat, participants should carefully read "Breathe You're Alive", Thay's translation and commentary on the Sutra on Full the Awareness of Breathing.)
This will be a largely silent retreat, an extended opportunity for deep concentration. The nuns may conduct a Five Mindfulness Trainings transmission ceremony if there are retreatants who wish to receive them.
The Vedanta Society's Retreat at Point Reyes only has room for our 2 nuns, 14 laywomen, and 11 men. Since space is limited, we're offering this retreat as a gift of thanks to those who've contribute their practice to our community, those who've attended Northern California sanghas in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh during the past year.
So, participants in these sanghas are invited to apply to register on a first-come, first-serve basis. At this time, there is room 7 men. Please act promptly if you wish to attend.
The Vedanta Society offers their facilities free of charge and prohibits groups from using the retreat as a profit-making venture. We charge $100 to cover the cost of purchasing our food and the nuns' airline tickets. Scholarships are available and donations to the scholarship fund are welcome. Our monastic sisters offer their teachings without charge, but they will accept "dana", unsolicited gifts of thanks, which may be made at the conclusion of the retreat. We're also free to offer dana to our kind and generous hosts, the Vedanta Society of Northern California.
The Vedanta Society expects everyone to attend the entire retreat and to participate in the activities offered. They expressly prohibit day visitors, late arrivals and early departures. The Vedanta Society does not welcome back groups which are unable to abide with their Guidelines.
In early March, we'll provide retreatants with a retreat packet, including copies of the Guidelines, a schedule, roster, list of what to bring, maps, etc.
TO APPLY, PLEASE PROVIDE:
-A $100 check made out to "Denise Bergez"
- Your complete and up-to-date contact information: name of your sangha, your mailing
-address, all your phone numbers, and email address.
-If you have dietary needs, let us know
-Indicate if you have you received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. Would you like to? Not sure?
Mail your application to Christian Kohler
1132 Derby Street
Berkeley CA 94702
We'll call to confirm your registration or to offer you a place on the waiting list.
Refunds will be provided until March 9, and only if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list.
Please call if you have any questions.
Thanks, Caleb (510)[masked]
2010 PLS Retreat Committee
* We have permission to arrive as early as noon on Tuesday, and we encourage you to recognize that whole day is an important prelude to the retreat. When we invest in our peace and take the whole day "off", we contribute to the creation of a solid foundation for everyone's retreat. A lazy breakfast, a leisurely drive in the country, a picnic with your sangha, a nap, a hike, maybe a hot bath...Doesn't that sound like a good way to start a retreat and a day you'll enjoy looking back on?