Dec
11
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness - Rose Offering Ceremony

Our schedule has changed some. Please see our Come for the Day page for details.

Sundays
          09:30 am -  Live Dharma talk
          11:00 am -  Walking meditation
          12:00 am  -  Rose Offering Ceremony for Novices-to-be
          01:00 pm - Lunch
          01:45 pm - Bookshop opens  

There will be no Dharma Sharing in the morning.  Sorry about this.

 

Ordination of Novices
Dec
14
9:30 am09:30

Ordination of Novices

If you've ever wondered what the Novice Ordination ceremony is like, this is your chance!  Please come to offer your support to our monastics to be.  All are welcome to join this special ceremony at Blue Cliff Monastery, held in concert with ordinations in France and Thailand. 

9:30am - Ordination Ceremony
11:30am - Walking Meditation
12:30pm - Mindful Lunch
3:00pm - Be-In (time for reflections and sharing songs, poems, etc...)


 

 

Dec
15
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

Our schedule has changed some. Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

Thursdays*
          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

*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.

Holidays at the Monastery
Dec
24
9:00 am09:00

Holidays at the Monastery

We will host an open Day of Mindfulness of Saturday, December 24th.  There will be no day of Mindfulness on Sunday, December 25th.  Those wishing to stay at the monastery over Christmas time are welcome to register for a Personal Retreat during this time to enjoy a joyful, mindful holiday time.  

Schedule Saturday, December 24th

3pm   -  Walking Meditation
4pm   -  Dharma Talk
5:30   -  Celebratory Dinner
7:30   -  Be-In (songs, stories and more)

Schedule Sunday, December 25th

Brunch, dinner and gift exchange for residents.  No public Day of Mindfulness.

Holiday Retreat
Dec
28
Jan 1

Holiday Retreat

The Earth turns. The seasons change. Time is not bound in any framework, yet, still we have deep gratitude to our ancestors who framed time in days, months, and years so that, now, we have an opportunity at the end of each year to look bakc: at the things that we have done or have not yet done, at the streams of mind, body and events that have shaped our being and our relationships.

This Holiday Retreat is a wonderful opportunity for ourselves and our loved ones to practice deep and honest reflection, generating peace and quieting the mind so that we may bring into light what is good, true, and beautiful in us.

May we and all beings let go of the burdens we carry.
May we and all beings live light and free.

As our annual Holiday Retreat continues to grow in families and friends, we also offer a children's program for our young ones to share in the practice of and having fun. Join us!

Retreat costs are for the entire retreat and include all meals:
Employed Adults:                                                                 $440-$240 sliding scale
Students (18-27)/Seniors (over 65)/Unemployed:              $320-$160  sliding scale
Commuter:                                                                            $320-$160  sliding scale
Teen (13-17):                                                                           $160-$140 sliding scale
Child (6-12):                                                                           $120-$100 sliding scale

Limited partial scholarships are available. The scholarship application can be found on the registration form.

The registration is now closed for the Holiday Retreat.  

 

 

Jan
1
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

Please check back for updates to the schedule for this day of mindfulness. This will be the final day of our Holiday Retreat. Day guests not registered for the Holiday Retreat are welcome to join for the day.


Dec
8
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

Our schedule has changed some. Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

Thursdays*
          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

*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.

Dec
4
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

Our schedule has changed some. Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

Sundays
          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  

 

Dec
1
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

Our schedule has changed some. Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

Thursdays*
          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

*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.

Nov
27
9:00 am09:00

Day of Mindfulness

Day of Mindfulness and Winter Retreat opening ceremony.  Please check back again for the schedule on this day.

Nov
24
9:00 am09:00

Day of Mindfulness-Thanksgiving

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a Day of Mindfulness on the theme of gratitude.

9am -     Walking Meditation
10am -    Dharma Talk by Brother Phap Khoi
12pm -    Lunch and Gratitude Circle
               Break - the bookshop will be open
3pm -     Dharma Sharing (for those who can stay)
               End of the Day of Mindfulness

No registration required.  Lunch will be provided and offerings of food are welcome.  Poems and songs are welcome for the Gratitude Circle. Offerings of dana (donations) are greatly appreciated and may be placed in the donation box in the back of the Meditation Hall. You are welcome to offer what is financially meaningful and possible for you.  We suggest between $10-$20.

 If you wish overnight accommodations, please visit our Register for a Retreat page and scroll down to the beige words Personal Retreat. Arrival days are available Wednesday, November 23 through Saturday, November 26. 

Sep
21
Sep 25

the heART of healing: a mindful way to creative expression

At this retreat--for artists and non-artists of all kinds, including musicians, poets, writers, painters, graphic artists, filmmakers, movements artists, amateurs and professionals alike--we will dive into the creativity of the heart.  Through basic mindfulness practices, Buddhist teachings, and themed workshops, we will get in touch with the source of healing that lies within. We will learn to recognize the creative flow already in us. From there we will be able to express what is alive in us and create from a place of presence.

Please bring any art supplies or creative instruments you would like to use during this retreat, including sculpture, land art, painting, writing, and music.

Retreat costs are for the entire retreat and include all meals:

Employed adults:                                                             $400-$240 sliding scale*
Students (18-27), Seniors (over 65)/Unemployed:          $320-$160 sliding scale*
Camping:                                                                           $320-$160 sliding scale*
Commuter:                                                                         $320-$160 sliding scale*

*The top end of the sliding scale covers all retreat costs. For those unable to meet these costs, we invite you to offer any amount between this and the bottom end of the sliding scale.

Scholarships are available for the Creative Arts Retreat.  Please check the scholarship box in the registration link below.

Register for the Creative Arts Retreat now!

                   

Sep
4
9:00 am09:00

Day of Mindfulness

As this day coincides with the last day of our Mindfulness and Health Retreat, we will not be offering a Children's Program or Five Mindfulness Trainings recitation ceremony.  Day-visitors are invited to enjoy our Dharma Discussion activity after the Dharma talk, in lieu of the ceremony.

Please see our Come for the Day page for details.

Sep
2
Sep 4

Health Retreat

Mindfulness and Health Retreat

This retreat is a continuation of last year's retreat for health professionals. However, we now open it to everyone with an interest in health and mindfulness practice. The monks and nuns will offer mindfulness tools such as walking meditation, sitting meditation, touching the earth, and deep relaxation to foster deep healing and true happiness. 

The emphasis will be placed on bodily awareness and self care through exercising, simple and healthy eating and exploring natural healing modalities.

This retreat is open for both new and experienced mindfulness practitioners.

Register now for the Mindfulness and Health Retreat!

Due to limited funds and the large volume of requests received, we are closing scholarship applications. If you would like to be on a scholarship waiting list, please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org.