Come for the Day

Enjoy a day of mindfulness and peace.

Most Thursdays and Sundays Blue Cliff welcomes visitors to practice with us for a Day of Mindfulness. Please check the Schedule of Events page or our calendar  to confirm a date. We look forward to seeing you here!

Typical Day of Mindfulness Schedule
Please note that the daily activity schedule has changed as of March 24.

          09:00 am -  Walking meditation
          10:00 am -  DVD Dharma talk
          12:00 pm -  Mindful lunch
          01:30 pm -    Bookshop opens
          02:30-03:30 pm - Dharma-sharing


          09:00 am -  Walking meditation
          10:00 am -  Live Dharma talk
          11:30 am  -  Dharma-sharing
                                       First Sunday-Five Mindfulness Trainings Ceremony
                                       Third Sunday-Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings Ceremony
          01:00 pm - Lunch
          01:30 pm - Bookshop opens  

For descriptions of the practices above, see our Be Mindful in Daily Life page. 

Registration is not required for a Day of Mindfulness, but please contact us in advance if you are planning to come with a group of more than five people. 

There is no fee for taking part in a Day of Mindfulness, but we suggest a donation of $10 to $20 per person. Donations are our main source of support, so every offering is greatly appreciated. Your contribution can help us us to keep the monastery open all year. You can make your offering in any of the donation boxes in the Great Togetherness Meditation Hall or the dining halls.

Children's Program 
On the first Sunday of each month, there is a children's program for children ages 6-12. A short Dharma talk is offered, followed by inspiring games and activities including art, meditation, nature walks, and singing. The program takes place during the Dharma talk and recitation ceremony for adults so that parents may fully benefit from these sessions. Children are invited to join their parents or guardians for walking meditation and our mindful lunch.

Individual Needs
Blue Cliff is deeply committed to inclusiveness. If you have any particular need for assistance, please contact us so we can offer you as much support as possible. All meals are vegan. There is generally a variety of options available at mealtime, but feel free to bring supplementary food for yourself if you have a particular dietary need.

What to Wear
Please wear loose, casual, and comfortable clothing suitable for a monastery environment and for sitting meditation -  shirts covering shoulders, back, and midriff, and shorts/skirts/pants at least to the knee. Please bring weather-appropriate clothing and shoes suitable for walking on nature trails so you can fully enjoy the outdoor walking meditation with the community. Please avoid wearing perfumes or other products that may affect those who are sensitive or allergic to scents.

In the spring, summer, and fall, Blue Cliff is home to deer ticks which do carry Lyme Disease. It is easy to protect yourself if you take a few simple precautions--most importantly, thoroughly checking yourself and your children for ticks each day. Please follow the link to learn more.