Events

August 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Tuesday Night Loving-Kindness Meditation
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  • Wednesday Night Sitting
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  • Thursday Meditation Instructions
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  • Movie Night
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  • Half-Day Retreat
  • Beginner's Meditation Workshop
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  • TCC Board meeting
  • Monday Night Sitting
  • First Dharma Talk of the Month
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  • Tuesday Night Loving-Kindness Meditation
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  • Wednesday Night Sitting
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  • Thursday Meditation Instructions
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Half-Day Retreat
  • Beginner's Meditation Workshop
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Monday Night Sitting
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Tuesday Night Loving-Kindness Meditation
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Wednesday Night Sitting
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Thursday Meditation Instructions
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Beginner's Meditation Workshop
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Monday Night Sitting
  • Monday Night Social
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  • Guo Gu leads retreat in London
  • Tuesday Night Loving-Kindness Meditation
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  • Wednesday Night Sitting
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  • Thursday Meditation Instructions
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  • Chanting
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  • Open House of the new center
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  • Monday Night Sitting
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  • Tuesday Night Loving-Kindness Meditation
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  • Wednesday Night Sitting
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  • Thursday Meditation Instructions

 

About the Events

Weekly Sitting

We meet every Monday & Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There are two 30-minute periods of seated meditation, punctuated by a period of either walking meditation or mindful Yoga. Each meeting concludes with a short session of questions and answers. On the first Monday of each month, there is only one sitting period and is followed by a Dharma Talk by our teacher Guo Gu. For those who are new, click here for the Center’s Etiquette.

Dharma Talks

The first Monday evening of each month. 30 min. of sitting starting at 7:30pm, followed by the talk. Guo Gu gives talks on different facets of life and practice from the perspective of Chan. The audio files of the talks are listed here.

Social

Third Monday evening of each month. The evening begins with one short period of sitting from 7:30-8pm, followed by an informal social gathering. The event is a good opportunity to meet other members and chat with one another over light snacks, soft drinks, and tea. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share with others. Sometimes movies and videos are shown.

Thursday Short Meditation Instructions

We offer brief meditation instructions on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9pm. No registration required. There is no set fee but donations are welcomed. Please feel free to stop by the Center. These instructions cover basic postures and methods of practice. The instructions are not a substitute for the thorough Beginner’s Meditation Class. Nevertheless, it is sufficient to get you started on meditation practice.

Beginner’s Meditation Workshop

Register

This 3-part Beginner’s Meditation Workshop is the most systematic and thorough introduction to the practice of Buddhist meditation available anywhere. Practitioners of all levels can benefit from it. It covers the conditions, methods, stages of meditation, pitfalls, and other supporting techniques to regulate the body, mind, and spirit such as self-massage, yoga exercises, and daily mindfulness techniques. $70 suggested fee for all three classes. The workshop is offered every other month.

Retreats

Retreats offer a rare occasion to deepen one’s Chan practice and commitment to the path. Many experiences arise in retreats that would normally not surface in daily individual or weekly group practice.

Each sitting during a retreat is 30 minutes, punctuated by short periods of mindful yoga or walking meditation. There is also mindful work practice, which is a way for retreatants to integrate their practice to daily situations. On One-Day and longer retreats, retreatants also get an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Guo Gu in personal interview. For a sample 1-day retreat schedule, click here.

Half-Day and One-Day Retreats

Register for Aug 12th Half-Day Retreat

Half-day retreats run from 9am -12 noon. Anyone who has taken the beginner’s meditation workshop or have previous experience in Chan/Zen practice are welcomed to join. The half-day retreats are led by Guo Gu’s students. Retreats offer a rare occasion to deepen one’s Chan practice and commitment to the path. Registration required.

One-day retreats run from 9am-6pm. Anyone who has done half-day retreats or have previous experience in Chan/Zen practice are welcomed to join. One-day retreats are silent and more intense than the half-day retreats. Guo Gu leads this retreat and offers retreat instructions and interviews. Seats are limited to 22. Registration required.

Weekend Retreats

This kind of retreat starts on Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon, unless otherwise noted. The format is the same as intensive Chan retreats: wake up at 4am and ends at 10pm, with alternate periods of sitting, exercise, and walking meditation. Guo Gu gives dharma talks and offers personal interviews everyday. Seats are limited to 16. Registration required.

Intense Seven or Ten-Day Retreat

“Intensive” retreats are the entry point for serious Chan practice and study. They follow the traditional Chan monastery retreat schedule, which makes the most efficient use of time, waking up at 4am and ending at 10pm each day, with alternate periods of sitting, exercise, and walking meditation throughout. They are designed to allow you to wholeheartedly devote your energies to using the method. For those whose conditions are ripe, intensive retreat is the opportunity to develop genuine insight, or see one’s self-nature. Guo Gu leads these retreats at our center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush NY, and other locations in North America and Europe.