MINDFULNESS RETREAT 2022 – WELCOME
November 8, 2022.
In just a few days, our English Sangha will come together for the Mindfulness Retreat with the theme “Peace Begins from Within.” As we live in a highly-developed society that provides us freedom and many opportunities for advancement, such fast-paced lifestyle also brings about instability and imbalance to one’s emotional and physical health. This key realization has led the Abbot Venerable “Thầy” Thich Chuc Thien to create an ideal environment for people to come together to share life experiences, exchange mutual practices, and explore ways to live a happier life at Lien Hoa Buddhist Temple.
We look forward to share with you a program that allows participants to re-energize, refocus, and appreciate the present moment. Please open your hearts and be present in each moment, so that together, we can practice Mindfulness and to truly embrace life with a peaceful mind.
Together, at the Mindfulness Retreat, we shall interact and learn to…
- Practice mindfulness in all of our activities.
- Enrich our connections with nature and each other; enjoy the beauty of nature and of genuine friendship.
- Demonstrate team spirit in our efforts to build a Community of individuals with shared responsibilities.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS:
1) What is the dress code for the retreat?
Casual, comfortable, and appropriate (as we will be practicing alongside the monastic sangha). Loose-fitting, non-binding pants and tops are best. Avoid tank tops, skirts/dresses, and any clothing items that are tight, revealing or too short. If shorts are preferred, then we recommend knee-length shorts.
2) What do I need to bring to the retreat?
The following is a list of suggested items to pack for your retreat:
Other Clothing Items:
- Comfortable shoes
- Flip-flops to wear inside the rooms
Hygiene Necessities & Toiletries:
- Toothbrush & paste
- Comb or Brush
- Water Bottles
- Personal medications
- Yoga mat (if you plan to participate in the morning yoga session)
- A journal or a book to read (optional for individual activity). You can also check out our library that offers a good selection of books on Buddhism.
3) Is there internet connectivity at the retreat?
There is a designated area for internet connectivity. We encourage attendees to take the opportunity to fully live in the presence moment and embrace the experience wholeheartedly. We ask that you reserve using your electronic devices for emergencies only so that you can fully benefit from the retreat.
4) What kind of sleeping accommodations does the retreat offer?
Rooms are shared to encourage community living and mutual support in our practice. Lien Hoa’s guesthouse building was built in 2020, so the accommodations are new, spacious, and comfortable. The rooms are fully equipped with beds and bedding amenities (linens, pillows, and blankets). In ensuring everyone is comfortably accommodated, three people are assigned per room. Participants will receive their assigned rooms at check-in.
5) Who do I tell about my dietary requirements for meals?
All of our meals will be vegetarian. If you have any dietary requirement, please communicate this to the organizing team in advance.
6) I have a medical condition / I am on medication. Do I need to tell someone about this?
If you have a medical condition or are on medication that may be affected by this event and would like us to know. There is no obligation to do this, but it will help us be prepared for any special requirements you may have during the retreat.
7) How much does the retreat cost? How can I contribute?
“Thầy” Thien wanted to ensure that everyone is able to participate in the retreat without the burden of cost. Thus, there is no set fee for the retreat. Participants can donate to give back to the temple so we can continue to fulfill our mission of sharing the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist Teachings.
8) How can I contact you for more information?
Call or text us:
Thanh Thao (Augustine): 210-620-0074