Typical Day of Mindfulness Schedule
09:30 am - Dharma Talk - DVD
11:30 am - Walking Meditation
12:30 pm - Mindful Lunch
01:30 pm - Bookshop opens
03:00 pm - Dharma-sharing
09:30 am - Live Dharma talk
11:00 am - Walking meditation
12:00 am - Dharma-sharing or
First Sunday of the month-Five Mindfulness Trainings Ceremony
Third Sunday of the month-Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings Ceremony
01:00 pm - Lunch
01:45 pm - Bookshop opens
*The Winter is a special time in the monastery where the Monastics don't go out to offer retreats and focus on their own practice and community. For this reason, the Dharma Talk and the Dharma Sharing will be separate - one for the monastics and one for the Lay residents and guests. Thank you for your support and understanding.
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.
On the first Sunday of each month, there is a children's program for children ages 6-12, including games, 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.
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. We are also a small community and not able to cater to numerous needs at once. 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.