Full Day Silent Meditation Retreat
Time & Location
About the Event
Full-day retreat at ABMT (8 am to 4 pm)
This will be an all-day, silent meditation retreat at ABMT, co-hosted by our friends Courtney and Ajahn at the American Buddhist Meditation Temple.
We will practice a variety of traditional techniques designed to work together to cultivate, develop and strengthen mindfulness in every aspect of our daily lives.
Guidance and basic instruction will be offered at appropriate times but please bear in mind that this is a SILENT retreat. As such, talking should only be done when absolutely necessary or during periods designated for verbal interaction. Refraining from speech can be a powerful meditation tool.
All experience levels are welcome.
8:00-8:15 Morning chanting
8:15-8:30 Sitting meditation
8:30-8:45 Dhamma talk
8:45-9:00 Basic instructions
9:00-9:30 Sitting meditation
9:30-10:00 Mindful movement
10:00-10:30 Sitting meditation
10:30-11:00 Mindful movement
11:00-11:15 Sitting meditation
11:15-11:30 Alms offering
11:30-12:00 Ayurvedic healing
12:00-12:45 Mindful eating (Don’t forget to bring your lunch!)
12:45-1:15 Mindful movement
1:15-1:45 Sitting meditation
1:45-2:15 Mindful movement
2:15-2:30 Sitting meditation
2:30-3:15 Sound healing
3:15-3:30 Deep listening
3:45-4:00 Evening chanting
Please bring a small food offering for the monks, as described for the half-day retreat on August 24.
Participants are welcome to come for the whole day, or for any portion of it.
There are no fees to participate in any of these events. Heartfelt donations for the temple and/or our co-hosts and friends Kate and Purnamaya would be gratefully accepted.
*****Parking at ABMT*****
Street parking is no longer permitted in the neighborhood around the temple.
There is now parking for only five cars at the temple. All parking must be on the property of Cal-Orchid. Temple visitors are encouraged to park in the small dirt/gravel space to the left as you enter the property. Carpooling to the temple is highly encouraged. Alternatively, visitors can park at the bottom of the hill (on Shoreline Drive) then make the 10-minute walk to the temple.
About the Teacher
Courtney has been a Buddhist for some 20 years, and for many of those years aligned with Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn’s method of practice. In more recent years, a chance encounter with a Thai forest monk in Alaska led him to Theravadan Buddhism. In the Thai Forest Tradition, of which he now considers himself a practitioner, great emphasis is placed on formal meditation practice and the strict following of precepts that are designed to engender gentle qualities such as humility, renunciation and trustworthiness, while also strengthening mindfulness.
Courtney's teacher is a 72-year old Burmese meditation master called Sayadaw U Zeya. He once experienced a brief but rich period as a monastic disciple of Venerable U Zeya. Given his background, Courtney's practice aligns closely with the teachings of famous masters such as Mahasi Sayadaw and Ajahn Chah, while never steering far from the uniquely beautiful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.