Half Day Silent Meditation Retreat (1)
Time & Location
About the Event
Eager to live into your highest potential, and return back to your true authentic self?
Join us for special opportunity to retreat from the bustling nature of our every day life, get an opportunity to slow down, breath, and give space for the unfolding of peace, tranquility, and love.
Take some time for yourself in the serene tranquility of this beautiful outdoor buddhist temple in Santa Barbara which helps you support the deep unfolding of your highest true nature.
8:15-8:30 morning chanting
8:30-9 welcoming and Dhamma talk by Ajahn Khamjan
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!)
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.
There are no fees to participate in any of these events. Heartfelt donations for the temple and/or our co-hosts and friends at Purnamaya would be gratefully accepted.
*****Parking at ABMT*****
Parking along Orchid Drive Extension (the short street that Cal-Orchid is on) is permissible. Please do not park along Orchid Drive (the main street through the neighborhood) itself, as you may be subject to tow.
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.