All of our programs are donation-based and open to all.
Guo Gu's Retreats and Events for 2021
December 3 Day Retreat
December 7 Day Retreat
Song of Awakening Commentary Series
Memorial Service: Chris Cruikshank
About the Events
Zoom password: chan
Monday – Friday Morning Meditation & Chanting
We offer morning meditation practice Monday-Friday starting at 7:30am. We begin with one meditation period followed by chanting (live).
Liturgy here: Abbreviated Liturgy with Heart Sutra
For those on the West Coast, several of Guo Gu’s students are running an informal Facebook group called the “West Coast Chan Group”. They offer morning meditations starting at 7:30am PST – 8:00am PST. They begin with one meditation period. Click here for the West Coast Chan Group Morning-Friday morning Zoom Link.
We will be resuming all Monday night sits at the meditation center in-person. Please show up with your vaccination card.
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, Dharma talk with Guo Gu (live). This session begins with 30 minutes of sitting starting at 7:30pm, followed by the Dharma talk.
All other Mondays, 30-minute periods of seated meditation, punctuated by a period of either walking meditation or mindful Yoga.
Tuesday Evening Loving Kindness
We will be resuming all Tuesday night loving kindness at the meditation center in-person. Please show up with your vaccination card. We are temporarily disabling the Tuesday night loving kindness Zoom link.
On Tuesday evenings, we practice a special form of “loving-kindness” meditation that Guo Gu developed to cultivate inner peace, kindness, and healing. Each meeting concludes with a short sharing or questions and answers. Before the meditation, we suggest you become familiar with Loving Kindness through Guo Gu’s talks on “Loving Kindness”.
Thursday Short Meditation Instructions
We offer basic meditation instructions on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 7:30-8:30pm. No registration or fee required, though donations are welcomed. These instructions cover basic postures and methods of practice. The instructions are not a substitute for the thorough Beginner’s Meditation Workshop. Nevertheless, it is sufficient to get you started on meditation practice.
Beginner’s Meditation Workshop
This 2-part series 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. Please stay tuned for the next offering of courses.
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. Please also review our retreat etiquette here.
“Intensive” retreats are the entry point for serious Chan practice and study. They follow a schedule with alternate periods of sitting, exercise, and walking meditation throughout. Guo Gu gives dharma talks and offers personal interviews everyday. Registration required. 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 and other locations in North America and Europe. Please check the upcoming retreat schedule here.