Nov
19
9:00am 9:00am

Winter Retreat opening ceremony

The Opening Ceremony for the 3-month Winter Retreat will be held during the Sunday, Day of Mindfulness, November 19, 2017. The Closing Ceremony will be held during the Sunday, Day of Mindfulness, February 18, 2018.

We welcome friends to come and practice with us during this time.  More information will be available in November.

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Holiday Retreat
Dec
28
to 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 back 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!

If it is not possible for you for you to arrive on Wednesday, you may wish to consider coming for a Personal Retreat where there are more options for arrival and departure dates.

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

Register now for the Holiday Retreat at Blue Cliff!

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Sep
3
9:30am 9:30am

Day of Mindfulness

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On Sunday September 3rd, we will have a day mindfulness here at the monastery open to the public to conclude the last day of our Vietnamese Retreat: opening the path of love.

Come and enjoy with us, the practices of mindful walking, and listening to the teachings within the beautiful space of community, with over 60 monastics in our tradition here as part of this year's US Tour.

Please send us an e-mail at office@bluecliffmonasery with the subject "DOM" if you would like to attend. Please include in your message the number of children and adults. This will help us with food preparation. Thank you!

To support all of us in having a peaceful and nourishing day, we would like to ask you to please bring with you ~

  • Sun protection
  • Your own water bottle and/or tea mug
  • Insect spray for ticks

Schedule for the Special Day of Mindfulness, Sep 3rd:

9:00 am Arrival, please arrive early to settle in before the dharma talk.
10:00 am Dharma Talk  (with English translation)
11:30 am Walking Meditation
12:30 pm Lunch (the scheduled day ends after lunch)   Bookshop will be open after lunch.

$25 -$40 suggested donation to help with the expenses of the monastery. Donation boxes are located in the meditation hall and in the dining hall

We offer our deep gratitude for your support.

The Blue Cliff Tour Organizing Team

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Aug
30
to Sep 3

US Tour 2017- Khoá tu cho người Việt "Mở Lối Yêu Thương"- từ ngày 30/08-03/09, 2017

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"Quê hương đi về trên mỗi bàn chân
Bao nhiêu con đường mở ra độ lượng
Tâm không mong cầu bình an là vậy
An vui nơi này an khắp mọi phương.

Niềm vui trải dài sự sống
Tôi đi vững trên bàn chân
Mắt tôi mở to giữa đời này đây
Lòng không cầu làm mây trắng bay
Khổ đau từng nuôi ta lớn lên
Xin cho nắng mưa ngày sau
Vững một niềm thương chẳng hề nhạt phai.

Hạnh phúc chưa hề là hạnh phúc mình tôi
Vì biết thương mình mà đã biết thương trần gian
...."

Chúng ta cùng nhau thực tập chánh niệm, học cách chăm sóc và nuôi dưỡng lòng biết ơn, tình thương, khả năng hiểu biết và những hạt giống an vui khác. Khoá tu cũng cho ta cơ hội tìm về kho tàng văn hoá của dân tộc qua những buổi chia sẻ, lễ hội và văn nghệ.

 

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Aug
27
9:30am 9:30am

Special Day of Mindfulness

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We would like to invite you for a very special day of mindfulness here at the monastery. We will be hosting over 60 monastics in our tradition as part of this year's US Tour.

Come and enjoy with us, the practices of mindful walking, mindful eating, and listening to the teachings within the beautiful space of community.

Please register so we have an accurate count for food preparation! Thank you!
Donations of $20-$40 are appreciated to help support the monastery.  This is also the last day of our Together We Are One retreat, Aug 23-27. Please plan your arrival about 9:00 am.  The day ends after our 12:30 pm lunch.

Schedule for the Special Day of Mindfulness, Aug 27th
9:00 am Arrival
10:00 am Dharma Talk
11:30 am Walking Meditation
12:30 pm Lunch

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Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Walk With Me Experiences at the Ruben

Please note that this event is not being held at Blue Cliff Monastery.

Walk With Me Experiences at the Rubin

There is only the present moment. Join narrator Benedict Cumberbatch in Walk With Me, a cinematic journey into the world of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and his Plum Village retreat in rural France. Filmed over three years with unprecedented access, this immersive film is a meditation on a community of people who have given up all their possessions to lead a monastic life.

On Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am meet up with Plum Village monastics in Union Square for a walking meditation to the Rubin Museum, where they’ll be leading meditations and conversing with Rubin visitors all day long. Visit the Rubin event webpage for more information and for tickets:         http://rubinmuseum.org/events/series/walk-with-me

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Aug
1
to Aug 14

Mindful Work Days at Blue Cliff Monastery

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for our Tour Retreat, Awakening Together, Healing the Ancestral Heart, we we see a number of projects that we would love to help manifest. 

WHEN? The Monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery invite you to lend a helping hand during the first 2 weeks in August: August 1-14.  There will be a light practice schedule and two work sessions each day.

WHAT?  We will repaint decks, fences and bridges around the pond, cut grass, clear the forest among other things.  There will be a group of monastics and long term friends leading the way and working with you.

Your skills in carpentry, electricity and plumbing are greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you have these skills so that we can organize the work better.

SCHEDULE? This is our schedule for the community work days:  

9:00 am:  Gather at the Sisters Dining Hall, Snack break, end morning session at noon
12:30 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: continue our working meditation
6:00 pm: Lazy dinner

From the period from August 1 to August 14 please notice that there will be no Days of Mindfulness. The work schedule remains the same for these first 2 weeks in August. On Thursdays and Sundays there will be 1 work session in the morning so that we can rest in the afternoon. Monday the 7 th and 14 th of August will remain lazy days.

REGISTRATION? If you are planning to come for the whole day, or just part of the day, please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org and let us know the dates and times you will be here.  You can also call 845-213-1782 .  This will help us better prepare for food.

If you are planning to stay overnight, for those who need to travel a distance to join us, please register below.

There is no charge, however, donations are welcome. The form will request billing information.  Please fill this part out. You will not be charged anything. You will not be billed. Having your email address, address and phone number will be helpful to us.

If you are planning to come, please bring gloves, goggles, pliers, hammers, shovels, screwdrivers, and chainsaws if you have them. And it would be lovely if you bring a hammock with you so that you can have some relaxing moments resting in your hammock under trees by the creek in the forest during your nap time.  Don't forget your hat and tick repellent and sun block in your personal items.

We hope that these work days will be our joyful days, offering our energy in making this place a refuge for the practice of healing and transformation.

In gratitude,

The Monastic Community of Blue Cliff Monastery.

 

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Jul
29
9:00am 9:00am

Mindful Work Day

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for our Tour Retreat, Awakening Together, Healing the Ancestral Heart, we we see a number of projects that we would love to help manifest. 

WHEN? The Monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery invite you to lend a helping hand on Saturday, July 29 and 2 weeks in August: August 1-14.  There will be a light practice schedule and two work sessions each day.

WHAT? We will be cleaning and organizing our storage areas.  We will put together tents, bunk beds, repaint decks, fences and bridges around the pond, cut grass, clear the forest among other things.  There will be a group of monastics and long term friends leading the way and working with you.

Your skills in carpentry, electricity and plumbing are greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you have these skills so that we can organize the work better.

SCHEDULE? This is our schedule for the community work days:  

9:00 am:  Gather at the Sisters Dining Hall, Snack break, end morning session at noon
12:30 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: continue our working meditation
6:00 pm: Lazy dinner

From the period from August 1 to August 14 please notice that there will be no Days of Mindfulness. The work schedule remains the same for these first 2 weeks in August. On Thursdays and Sundays there will be 1 work session in the morning so that we can rest in the afternoon. Monday the 7 th and 14 th of August will remain lazy days.

REGISTRATION? If you are planning to come for the whole day, or just part of the day, please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org and let us know the dates and times you will be here.  You can also call 845-213-1782 .  This will help us better prepare for food.

If you are planning to stay overnight, for those who need to travel a distance to join us, please register below.

There is no charge, however, donations are welcome. The form will request billing information.  Please fill this part out. You will not be charged anything. You will not be billed. Having your email address, address and phone number will be helpful to us.

If you are planning to come, please bring gloves, goggles, pliers, hammers, shovels, screwdrivers, and chainsaws if you have them. And it would be lovely if you bring a hammock with you so that you can have some relaxing moments resting in your hammock under trees by the creek in the forest during your nap time.  Don't forget your hat and tick repellent and sun block in your personal items.

We hope that these work days will be our joyful days, offering our energy in making this place a refuge for the practice of healing and transformation.

In gratitude,

The Monastic Community of Blue Cliff Monastery.

 

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Educator's Retreat
Jul
19
to Jul 23

Educator's Retreat

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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.

Those who identify as persons of color, and those of other diverse and underserved communities, are especially welcome to this retreat. A limited number of special scholarships for these populations are available based on need. To apply, please contact bluecliffeducators@gmail.com.

 

 

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Jul
15
9:00am 9:00am

Mindful Work Days at Blue Cliff Monastery

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for our Tour Retreat, Awakening Together, Healing the Ancestral Heart, we we see a number of projects that we would love to help manifest. 

WHEN? The Monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery invite you to lend a helping hand on 2 Saturdays in July: July 15 and July 29 and 2 weeks in August: August 1-14.  There will be a light practice schedule and two work sessions each day.

WHAT? We will be cleaning and organizing our storage areas.  We will put together tents, bunk beds, repaint decks, fences and bridges around the pond, cut grass, clear the forest among other things.  There will be a group of monastics and long term friends leading the way and working with you.

Your skills in carpentry, electricity and plumbing are greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you have these skills so that we can organize the work better.

SCHEDULE? This is our schedule for the community work days:  

9:00 am:  Gather at the Sisters Dining Hall, Snack break, end morning session at noon
12:30 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: continue our working meditation
6:00 pm: Lazy dinner

From the period from August 1 to August 14 please notice that there will be no Days of Mindfulness. The work schedule remains the same for these first 2 weeks in August. On Thursdays and Sundays there will be 1 work session in the morning so that we can rest in the afternoon. Monday the 7 th and 14 th of August will remain lazy days.

REGISTRATION? If you are planning to come for the whole day, or just part of the day, please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org and let us know the dates and times you will be here.  You can also call 845-213-1782 .  This will help us better prepare for food.

If you are planning to stay overnight, for those who need to travel a distance to join us, please register below.

 

There is no charge, however, donations are welcome. The form will request billing information.  Please fill this part out. You will not be charged anything. You will not be billed. Having your email address, address and phone number will be helpful to us.

If you are planning to come, please bring gloves, goggles, pliers, hammers, shovels, screwdrivers, and chainsaws if you have them. And it would be lovely if you bring a hammock with you so that you can have some relaxing moments resting in your hammock under trees by the creek in the forest during your nap time.  Don't forget your hat and tick repellent and sun block in your personal items.

We hope that these work days will be our joyful days, offering our energy in making this place a refuge for the practice of healing and transformation.

In gratitude,

The Monastic Community of Blue Cliff Monastery.

 

 

 

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Summer Family Retreat
Jul
1
to 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.  

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Jun
18
9:30am 9:30am

Day of Mindfulness

9:30 am dharma talk
11:00 am walking meditation
12:00 noon dharma sharing for those coming for the day only  (closing circle for those attending the Wake-up Retreat)
1:00 pm picnic lunch

1:45 pm the bookshop will be open.

We will be reciting the 14 Mindfulness Trainings on Sunday, June 25th.
 

Please see our Come for the Day page for details. 

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