Mindful Cooking Retreat
Jun
2
Jun 4

Mindful Cooking Retreat

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By popular request, we will offer a weekend of mindful cooking, introducing you to some of our favorite vegan recipes.  Mindful cooking brings joyful eating leading to happy living! As our teacher has said, cooking good food is one way to bring happiness to our loved ones. 
Register now for the Mindful Cooking Retreat!

We will be making Pho, vegan fish (seaweed wrapped tofu), vegetarian pie and spring rolls.

Schedule for the Cooking Retreat
(This schedule is open to change.)


Friday arrival between 2 and 5 pm.
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Orientation

Saturday
6:00 am Guided meditation and chanting
7:00 am Exercise (stick exercise and Tai Chi)
8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Cooking Workshops
11:30 am Walking Meditation
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Total Relaxation
3:30 pm Cooking Workshops
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Tea-in
10:00 pm Noble Silence

Sunday
6:00 am Sitting Meditation
7:00 am Exercise
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Walking Meditation
10:00 am Dharma Talk
11:30 am Dharma Sharing and Closing Circle
1:00 pm Lunch
Bookshop will be open after lunch.
End of 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.

photo by 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.  

Educator's Retreat
Jul
19
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.

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 - Together We Are One
Aug
23
Aug 27

US Tour - Together We Are One

This special retreat happens only once every two years! It will be led by over 60 monastics from all our practice centers across the USA and Plum Village, France. In addition to adult programs, we will have programs for children and teens.  

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.


May
21
9:30 am09:30

Day of Mindfulness

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

This will be the last day of the retreat for people of color, but everyone is welcome to Sunday's Day of Mindfulness. There are some changes in the schedule.
9:00 am Walking Meditation
10:00 am Dharma Talk
11:30 am Dharma Sharing
1:00 pm Lunch

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!

 

 

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.

Registration is closed for the May 5-7 weekend.  No registration is required if you wish to come for the day only on Sunday, May 7th.

 

 

 

May
5
May 7

Vesak Weekend

See details and registration link below, May 7th.

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 has changed slightly from other weeks.  

9 am walking meditation
10:30 am Q&A
Noon dharma sharing
1:00 pm lunch

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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