Sat, Sep 14 | American Buddhist Meditation Temple

Half Day Meditation Retreat & Volunteer

Give yourself the gift of space and silence during this special half day silent meditation retreat at the American Buddhist Meditation Center in Santa Barbara. After lunch we volunteer at the temple to help not only maintain the temple grounds, but practice selfless service.
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Half Day Meditation Retreat & Volunteer

Time & Location

Sep 14, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
American Buddhist Meditation Temple, 1251 Orchid Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93111, USA

About the Event

Half-day retreat & volunteer at ABMT (8 am to 4 pm)

This will be an half-day, silent meditation retreat at ABMT, co-hosted by our friends Kate Ratliff and Ajahn Khamjan at the American Buddhist Meditation Temple.

 We will practice a variety of traditional techniques including seated & walking meditation as well as Tibetan singing bowl sound healing & chanting 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.


8:15-8:30 morning chanting

8:30-9 welcoming and Dhamma talk by Ajahn Khamjan

9-9:30 sitting

9:30-10 walking

10-10:30 sitting

10:30-10:45 walking

10:45-11:15 Tibetan bowl sound healing & chanting

11:15-11:30 alms offering

11:30-12 monks meal (discussion of practice between lay participants while the monks eat)

12-1 community meal (Don’t forget to bring your lunch!)

1-4 Volunteering at the temple- This is a wonderful opportunity to practice selfless service. Help the temple prepare for a Thai ceremony the following day. You can chose to come and go as you please. Volunteering tasks could include gardening, maintaining the grounds, setting up tables, canopies or whatever needs to be done. 

The alms offering component of the program goes back to the time of the Buddha. Even today, in countries like Thailand, Buddhist monks go on daily alms round to receive food offerings from the community. It is important to recognize that the giving of alms is above all an act of generosity. Participants in this day's program are encouraged to bring a small dish (or perhaps some fruit or other ready-to-eat food items) to ceremonially offer into the alms bowls of two monks as they come by to receive it. This gesture, when carried out mindfully and with a heart of giving, allows one to begin to let go of greed.

Please bring a small food offering for the monks for this retreat. 

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.

Registration is Closed

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