Sat, Nov 16 | American Buddhist Meditation Temple

Mindfulness Retreat & Cultural Workshop

Please join us for a full-day mindfulness meditation retreat and cultural workshop at American Buddhist Meditation Temple in Santa Barbara.
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Mindfulness Retreat & Cultural Workshop

Time & Location

Nov 16, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
American Buddhist Meditation Temple, 1251 Orchid Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93111, USA

About the Event

*Mindfulness Retreat & Cultural Workshop*

Please join us for a full-day mindfulness meditation retreat and cultural workshop at ABMT.

Deviating a bit from our usual full-day meditation retreat format, on this day there will be much emphasis on sharing the how’s, what’s and why’s of Thai Buddhist culture. If you’re curious about why we light incense and candles, the number of Buddha statues seen around monasteries, don’t understand the purpose of chanting, are unsure how one practices eating meditation, or wonder why the monks wear orange robes, this retreat and cultural workshop is ideal for you.


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 Walking meditation

10:00-10:30 Sitting meditation

10:30-11:00 Walking meditation

11:00-11:15 Sitting meditation

11:15-11:30 Alms offering

11:30-12:00 Ayurveda talk by Natalie (Purnamaya)

12:00-12:45 Mindful eating (lunch provided)

12:45-1:30 Tea ceremony & monkchat 

1:30-2:00 Sitting meditation

2:00-2:30 Working meditation

2:30-3:15 Discussion: My recent experiences in rural northern Thailand

3:15-3:30 Q&A

3:30-3:45 Deep listening

3:45-4:00 Evening chanting

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 2-3 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.

Participants are welcome to come for the whole day, or for any portion of it.

All experience levels are welcome.


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*****

Please park on the property of Cal-Orchid.

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