Mar
29
Apr 6

Monastery Closed

We will be closed to guests and unable to offer Days of Mindfulness during this time.  Please join us later in April.

Mar
30
9:30 am09:30

No Day of Mindfulness

We will close the monastery for a week while the monastics offer the practice in Washington DC.  Days of Mindfulness will resume Sunday, April 9th.

Apr
2
9:30 am09:30

No Day of Mindfulness

We will close the monastery for a week while the monastics offer the practice in Washington DC.  Days of Mindfulness will resume Sunday, April 9th.

Apr
6
9:00 pm21:00

No Day of Mindfulness

We will close the monastery for a week while the monastics offer the practice in Washington DC.  Days of Mindfulness will resume Sunday, April 9th.

Solid As A Mountain: Cultivating Equanimity and Wise Action - Order of Interbeing Retreat
Apr
19
Apr 23

Solid As A Mountain: Cultivating Equanimity and Wise Action - Order of Interbeing Retreat

This retreat is for ordained members of the Order of Interbeing, as well as those aspirants who are formally on the path and working with a dharma teacher/mentor. 

Together as a four-fold sangha, we will enjoy periods of deep silence, nourishing dharma talks, and opportunities to share the practices that sustain and support us in being present in the here and now. 

Register for the OI Retreat now!

Apr
23
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

This public Day of Mindfulness will be the final day of our "Solid as a Mountain" Retreat.  Please note that the schedule might change slightly from other weeks.  Come at 9am and check the schedule on the white board in the main Dining Hall. 

Please see our Come for the Day page for general details. 

Vesak Celebration (Buddha's Birthday) and 10th Anniversary of Blue Cliff Monastery
May
7
9:00 am09:00

Vesak Celebration (Buddha's Birthday) and 10th Anniversary of Blue Cliff Monastery

Public Day of Mindfulness: Join us as we celebrate the Buddha's Continuation Day as well as the 10th of the founding of Blue Cliff Monastery!

Siddhartha, or Buddha Shakyamuni, was an enlightened being whose teachings have helped millions of people touch the peace, love and understanding inherent in each of us.  In celebration and remembrance of the Buddha, we will practice mindfulness together as a sangha, or community, seeing that the Buddha is still very much alive, here and now. 

On this day of mindfulness, let us celebrate together the life of one of the greatest beings on Earth. Those wishing to stay at the monastery over the weekend are welcome to register for a Personal Retreat during this time to enjoy a joyful, mindful weekend.  

 

 

Retreat for People of Color
May
17
May 21

Retreat for People of Color

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 People of Color Retreat

Our special retreat for people and families of color is open to people of Native American, African, Latina/o, Asian, Pacific Islander, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern ancestry.  We come together in a safe and joyful environment to find fellowship, to stop, rest, look deeply, and listen to our bodies and minds--and to each other.

Mindfulness is a practice that helps us to truly be awake to the wonders of life within us and around us. It also teaches us concrete ways to embrace and take care of our difficulties and suffering in order to open the path of healing and transformation.

Join us in a safe, open, and loving community of mindfulness practitioners of color as we learn how to take deep care of ourselves, each other, and our communities through mindfulness practices, including walking meditation, eating meditation, sitting meditation, loving speech, deep listening, touching the earth, deep relaxation, ceremonies and celebration, quietude and reflection.

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

Register now for the People of Color Retreat!

 

 

Wake Up - Young Adult Retreat
Jun
14
Jun 18

Wake Up - Young Adult Retreat

You are invited to join other young adults (ages 18-35 or so) for a time of practice, inclusiveness, and fun. The Wake Up movement was founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a way for young adults around the world to come together and practice mindfulness in order to take care of themselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and more compassionate society. During this time together we will explore the practices of sitting, walking, and eating meditation, while building community through Dharma sharing and simply being together.

Register now for the Wake Up Retreat!

photo: rob walsh

Jun
18
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

This public Day of Mindfulness will also be the final day of our Young Adult retreat.  Please note that the schedule might change slightly from other weeks.  Come at 9am and check the schedule on the white board in the main Dining Hall. 

Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

Summer Family Retreat
Jul
1
Jul 7

Summer Family Retreat

Join us for our joyful annual retreat celebrating our blood and spiritual family.

We come together to play, to practice, to share, to sing. We offer children and teens tools for handling strong emotions, peer pressure, and expectations from parents and teachers. We offer adults mindfulness practices to enrich an deepen the bonds between partners, spouses, siblings, and friends, and between parent and child. We learn how to touch the peace and joy of the present moment, and to nurture the best gift we can offer those we love---our presence.

Together we will practice: walking, eating, and sitting meditation; loving speech and deep listening; touching the earth, deep relaxation, ceremonies and celebration.

We also love music, so please bring your instruments!

This retreat is for both new and experienced mindfulness practitioners.  Registration will open on March 8 for the Family Retreat.

Educator's Retreat
Jul
19
Jul 23

Educator's Retreat

photo:  rob walsh

Join Blue Cliff monastics and senior lay teachers from the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for this special retreat that brings together teachers, administrators, social workers and others in the field of education. The retreat will help participants cultivate their own personal mindfulness practice and develop the language and skills needed to bring the practice back to the communities they serve. They will also learn effective methods to enhance focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom. 

Learn and explore mindfulness practices including:
- Sitting meditation
- Mindful eating
- Walking meditation
- Deep relaxation
- Circle sharing
- Loving speech & deep listening
- Beginning anew (conflict resolution)

 Please check the scholarship box in the registration form if you wish financial help.

Register now for the Educator's Retreat!

Jul
23
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

This public Day of Mindfulness will also be the final day of our Educator's Retreat.  Please note that the schedule might change slightly from other weeks.  Come at 9am and check the schedule on the white board in the main Dining Hall. 

Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

US Tour - English Speaking Retreat
Aug
23
Aug 27

US Tour - English Speaking Retreat

Join us for this retreat that happens only once every 2 years, led by over 60 monastics from all our practice centers across the USA and Plum Village, France.  We will have programs for children and teens.  Details to come - Save the date!  If you wish to be notified when registration is open for this retreat, please send an email to office@bluecliffmonastery.org and let us know!

US Tour - Vietnamese Retreat
Aug
30
Sep 3

US Tour - Vietnamese Retreat

Join other members of the Vietnamese community to nourish seeds of joy, love, and gratitude as we practice mindfulness together. We will spend time with family and friends to celebrate our shared cultural and spiritual heritage in a community of loving and supportive monks and nuns.

 

Details in Vietnamese and Registration to come in the spring...

Christmas Celebration
Dec
24
8:00 pm20:00

Christmas Celebration

We will host an open Day of Mindfulness, exploring the connection between our Buddhist practice with the wisdom teachings of Jesus.  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.  
 

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!

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


Feb
26
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness - Closing of the Winter Retreat

Special Schedule

9:30 - Ceremony to close the Winter Retreat
11:30 - Walking Meditation

12:30 - Lunch
 

Please see our Come for the Day page for further details. 

After this we will close for 3 weeks.  There will be no public Days of Mindfulness during this time.  We look forward to seeing you at the next Day of Mindfulness on Sunday, March 19th!

Feb
12
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

An invitation to participate in a

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER
Sunday, February 12th - 10AM EST

Aware of the suffering and serious division that is being created in the US and around the world by opposing views and lack of understanding, we will be observing a Global Day of Prayer on Sunday, February 12. We welcome you to join with us for our day of Mindfulness here at the monastery, or to join with friends or community wherever you are at 10AM EST. We will send our energy of love and peace to all who have lost awareness of our interconnection as a human family, part of the larger family of all life. Let us help to create conditions for peace on earth to manifest. We hope you will be willing to be a part of this effort.

Many people all over the world will participate. Please send the energy of compassion, peace and harmony in your prayers or meditation at 10 AM in your own time zone. Then we will have the energy of prayer circling the globe all day long, which would be wonderful.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa

"Peace in oneself, peace in the world."
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Please join our event on Facebook

Feb
5
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness and Tet Food Fair

We will continue and conclude our Lunar New Year Festivities on this special Day of Mindfulness and Fun!

9.30   Dharma talk and Oracle Readings
11.30   New Years Food Fair for lunch
6.00   Dinner

Please see our Come for the Day page for more details. 

Feb
2
9:30 am09:30

No Day of Mindfulness

We will be closed at this time following the Lunar New Year Holidays in order to visit other temples.  We re-open Friday, February 3rd.

Tet - The Lunar New Year
Jan
27
Jan 30

Tet - The Lunar New Year

 

Welcoming in the Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year is an important and joyful time at the monastery.  Join us for the whole weekend or just a day.  Here is the schedule for this festive season.  Please note that we will not be hosting most of our normal meditation schedule as this is a time to simply enjoy being together as a spiritual family.

Friday, January 27
12.30pm   Lunch
3.00pm    Walking Meditation

4.00pm   Dharma Talk
5.30pm    Dinner
7.30pm    Be-In
9.30pm   Total Relaxation
11.30pm   Traditional New Year's Eve Ceremony

Saturday, January 28
9:30am   Lion Dance, Monastic Ceremony and Oracle Reading
11:30am   Brunch
3:00pm   Visiting the Brothers' Rooms
5:30pm   Dinner
9:30pm   Room Visiting Ends

Sunday, January 29
9:30am   Oracle Reading
11:30am   Brunch
3:00pm   Visiting the Sisters' Rooms
5:30pm   Dinner
9:30pm   Room Visiting Ends

Monday, January 30
10:30am   Brunch
3:00pm   Visiting the Lay Friends' Rooms
6:00pm   Dinner

If you wish to book an overnight stay with us at this time, please register for a Personal Retreat.

Tuesday-Thursday - BCM will be closed so that the monastics can visit other temples.

Jan
26
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness and Celebratory Feast

This will be a special Day of Mindfulness for the community as we prepare for the Vietnamese New Year.

9:30   DVD Dharma Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh
11.30   Walking meditation to put up the Lunar New Year Pole

12:30  Celebratory Lunch
3:00   Dharma Sharing for Day guests

Please see our Come for the Day page for more details. 

Jan
1
10:30 am10:30

Day of Mindfulness

This is the final day of our Holiday Retreat. The day of mindfulness begins at 10:30 am with a Q & A session with the participants in our Holiday Retreat. Dharma sharing follows at 11:30 am. Day guests not registered for the Holiday Retreat are welcome to join for the day.

 Lunch is casual without bells at 12:30.

There will be no children's program this day.  The retreat and the day will end after lunch.

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 and for the Wait List.  

 

 

Holidays at the Monastery
Dec
24
Dec 25

Holidays at the Monastery

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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.

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.

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
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 an optional Dharma Sharing at 3pm for those who are interested.

 

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.