Feb
15
to Feb 17

TET - the Lunar New Year

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Welcoming in the Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year or "Tết” is an important and joyful time at the monastery---the most important festival in Vietnamese culture.  We will focus on informal teachings based on traditional Vietnamese poetic "oracle reading."

Please note that our formal practices of sitting meditation, walking meditation and silent meals are suspended, and replaced with informal practice. Therefore Tết” is appropriate only for those already familiar with Plum Village practice.

Thursday, Feb 15th
3:00 pm Walking Meditation
4:00 pm Dharma Talk
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Be-in
10:00 pm New Year's Eve ceremony

Friday, Feb 16th
9:30 am  New Year Ceremony for monastics
                Oracle Reading - for all
12:30 pm Lunch
3:00 pm Room visits with brothers starts
9:30 pm  Visits end

Saturday, Feb 17th
9:30 am Oracle Reading
12:30 Lunch
3:00 Room visit with sisters starts
9:30 pm Visits end

To register for overnight visits during TET, please register for a Personal Retreat.  

 

 

 

 

 

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The Road Ahead: Building Beloved Community - Order of Interbeing Retreat
Apr
25
to Apr 29

The Road Ahead: Building Beloved Community - Order of Interbeing Retreat

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This is our annual retreat for Order of Interbeing members and those aspirants* who are formally on the path and working with a dharma teacher/mentor. The Order of Interbeing is a community of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accord with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. This five-day retreat is a chance for OI members and aspirants, both monastic and lay, to strengthen our practice, deepen our connection as a community, and explore ways to nurture and strengthen our aspiration to live beautifully and mindfully in the spirit of togetherness.

Register now for the OI Retreat!

*Note: An aspirant must have already begun his or her aspirancy and must have a current OI mentor who is an ordained Dharma teacher. 

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Vesak Day of Mindfulness Celebration
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Vesak Day of Mindfulness Celebration

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Join us as we celebrate the Buddha's Continuation Day. 

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.

More details to follow.

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Wake-up Retreat
Jun
20
to Jun 24

Wake-up Retreat

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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.

Registration will open in February.

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Summer Family Retreat
Jul
10
to Jul 15

Summer Family Retreat

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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 and 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! 

Registration will open in March 2018.

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Aug
1
to Aug 5

Educators Retreat

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This retreat will offer mindfulness practices to teachers, administrators, and others in the field of education to help them counteract stress, stimulate creativity and generate peace. The monastics will be joined by Dharma teachers who are also educators, who will share their experiences of bringing mindfulness to their personal and professional lives.

Participants will learn new ways to take care of themselves, and, by doing so, to take better care of their students, through mindfulness practices such as : sitting meditation; mindful eating; walking meditation; deep relaxation; circle sharing, loving speech; deep listening; and beginning anew. They will also learn effective methods to enhance focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom.

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

Registration will open in March 2018.

 

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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!

We are accepting registration for Commuters until Monday, Dec 25th. Please email office@bluecliffmonastery.org for a link to the commuter registration. (Commuter registration means that you make your own reservations to sleep in a motel or other place close by. You can search the internet for accommodations in and near Pine Bush.) All other Registration for the Holiday Retreat is now closed.  At this time there is no waiting list.

 

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Day of Mindfulness, Christmas Eve Celebration
Dec
24
3:00 PM15:00

Day of Mindfulness, Christmas Eve Celebration

Our Day of Mindfulness on Christmas Eve, December 24th, will begin at 3:00 pm. Please note this change from our usual days of mindfulness.

Schedule Sunday, December 24th

3:00 pm - Walking Meditation
4:00 pm - Dharma talk
5:30 pm - Celebratory Dinner
7:30 pm - Be-In (songs, stories and more)

Donations are welcome to help support our days of mindfulness.  Donation boxes can be found in the big meditation hall and in the dining halls.

Those wishing to stay at the monastery over the weekend, Dec 22-24, are welcome to register for a Personal Retreat during this time to enjoy a joyful, mindful holiday time. The monastery is closed Monday, December 25th. 
 

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Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Nov
23
9:00 AM09:00

Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Join us for a Day of Gratitude and Mindfulness.

9:30 am Dharma Talk
11:30 am Memorial service for Thay's grandfather-teacher, Zen Master Nhất Định (1784-1847) (founder of Từ Hiếu, our root temple in Huế, Vietnam)
12:30 pm Thanksgiving lunch
Visitors are welcome to bring potluck dishes, desserts and drinks to share with others if they wish. 
3:00 pm Dharma Sharing

No registration is required to come for the day. Donations are appreciated to help cover our costs. You will find donation boxes in the back of the big meditation hall and in the dining halls.

Those wishing to stay at the monastery over Thanksgiving are welcome to register for a Personal Retreat.

 

 

 

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Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

Day of Mindfulness/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.  Please note the changes in the schedule for the day.

9:00 am  3-month Winter Retreat Opening Ceremony

11:00 am Dharma Talk

12:30 pm Lunch

We welcome friends to come and practice with us during this time.  The Closing Ceremony will be held during the Sunday, Day of Mindfulness, February 18, 2018.

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